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Dec 04, 2013 08:18 |  #1

I just save up enough for a new PC/MAC in the range of 900-1,200.Looking for a good PC mostly for photo editing and a lil gaming. Any suggestions ? Thanks for looking


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Dec 04, 2013 08:23 |  #2

Imac, you're welcome.


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Dec 04, 2013 08:27 |  #3

Loved my iMac but wanted something portable so I got a rMBP. I love it. The only problem with Macs is the gaming aspect.


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Dec 04, 2013 08:34 |  #4

Was looking at the iMac .IS 13 inch screen any good ?


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Dec 04, 2013 08:43 |  #5

studlyism wrote in post #16500608 (external link)
Was looking at the iMac .IS 13 inch screen any good ?

I travel with a 13 inch macbook, works fine. Got a 15 inch rMBP too, it's too big for me to use so it stays home. What photo editing SW do you plan to run on it?




  
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Dec 04, 2013 08:54 |  #6

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I travel with a 13 inch macbook, works fine. Got a 15 inch rMBP too, it's too big for me to use so it stays home. What photo editing SW do you plan to run on it?

P/S and Light room


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Dec 04, 2013 08:56 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #7

I use a MBP with an external monitor for editing, and I've been pretty happy with it. It's a good solution that is both portable and powerful enough for my needs. Tbh, the only reason I use a Mac is because I need Final Cut Pro to work with some videographers that I work with on occasion.

For gaming though, a PC would probably be the better option. Have you considered building your own system? It's really pretty simple, but it does take a little bit of research.


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Dec 04, 2013 09:13 as a reply to  @ bacchanal's post |  #8

build your own PC if you can. I could easily build a quad core i5 with 16GB of RAM, a 512MB SSD, a 1TB HD for storage and a video card that will play any modern game for the budget you have.

If you can't build your own, I would lean to a PC if you want to game. For photo editing, both are excellent, but Macs just don't have anywhere close to the games offered for a PC. You also pay a premium for the same parts you could get cheaper in a PC, not to mention less proprietary.


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Dec 04, 2013 09:35 |  #9

looking for more a laptop/mbp for portability. The gaming part is very small. Not looking to build a PC


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Dec 04, 2013 09:50 as a reply to  @ studlyism's post |  #10

www.MicroCenter.com (external link) is offering some good deals on Mac book pro.

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Dec 04, 2013 12:00 |  #11

http://www.dell.com …dngx312&model_i​d=xps-8700 (external link)




  
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Dec 04, 2013 12:45 |  #12

I swear the entire 9% of the world that uses Mac is on this forum. You can't get a decent Mac for $1200 anyway.

I'd check out the $899 y510 option here: http://shop.lenovo.com …s/ideapad/y-series/y510p/ (external link)

Comes with a i7 Quad core, 1080p screen and a GT755M Geforce card that can handle most games at lower resolutions (i.e. game at 720p, not 1080p). It has an SSD cache, which helps speed up access for OS and most frequently

Probably the best deal you are going to find and it's at the lower end of your budget.


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Dec 04, 2013 13:14 |  #13

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I swear the entire 9% of the world that uses Mac is on this forum. You can't get a decent Mac for $1200 anyway.

I'd check out the $899 y510 option here: http://shop.lenovo.com …s/ideapad/y-series/y510p/ (external link)

Comes with a i7 Quad core, 1080p screen and a GT755M Geforce card that can handle most games at lower resolutions (i.e. game at 720p, not 1080p). It has an SSD cache, which helps speed up access for OS and most frequently

Probably the best deal you are going to find and it's at the lower end of your budget.

Nice option Taylor thanks


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Dec 04, 2013 13:49 |  #14

This, bundled with the U2412M Monitor.... great for image editing, not sure how it will work for gaming, tho.

Total is $1070.

Unless you really need to travel with it, I'd recommend a desktop over a laptop. Laptops are harder to use for photo editing due to changing lighting conditions (depending upon where you set up to use it) and varying screen angles. Not to mention, a much larger monitor workspace. The monitor above is a 10:16 format (instead of the more common 9:16). This is better when working with images in LR and PS.

With the money remaining, you might consider getting a calibration device (Datacolor Spyder, Huey, etc.). These can help you set up your monitor much more accurately, which really helps with image editing.

Eventually you may want to add more memory (the XPS 8700 appears to have two open slots avail., comes with 8GB but is expandable up to 32GB) and additional hard drives (1TB fills up fast with photos.... the 8700 appears to have three or four add'l drive slots, including one to support a solid state drive, if wished).


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Dec 04, 2013 15:18 |  #15

I just bought a Dell XPS 8700 from BJ's. Both BJ's and Costco had the lowest prices in NYC for a Dell with an I-7 4th generation processor and 16GB RAM. BJ's had 999.00 on the website but it was 899.00 in the store. Costco was similar. The computer is very fast. My RAW files that took over 42 seconds on my 8GB laptop now process in about 6-8 seconds. I purchased a Dell U2412M monitor at B&H for 269.00 plus tax. I love my new system.


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