b.d.bop wrote in post #9261622
. I know that you really know your stuff, I've read many of your posts. I tried to copy and paste but the Forum's box wouldn't take the paste in (stayed blank).
I have the Jones really badly to switch to Mac at this point. I priced out a Mac Pro decked out with their best processor 2.95 MHz and some other upgrades and I was getting into a $9,000 unit - seemed way overkill for my purposes and level of understanding.
Truth is, I'd like a sort of Lexus work station having very little knowledge regarding what's under the hood, but wanting 'headroom' to spare. And with maximum dependability, realizing nothing's foolproof.
I recently retired and this is something I've sort of been waiting to do for quite a while, even if it's a splurge.
Help out a relatively computer illiterate photographer here. Please stay within the Mac realm.
Appreciate your input!
For your needs, don't bother with Mac Pro, just stick to an i7 860 (2.8GHz chip) and 8gb ram. But NEVER go for apple's RAM, it's overpriced, and adding RAM is as easy as replacing the memory card in your camera. Stick to the 1TB disk as well, adding external drives is as easy as plugging in your card reader to the computer.
And if you want the Lexus of workstations, that means you only want an expensive Toyota, which means the Dell Studio XPS9000 is what you want. Apple is more of a Benz, performance isn't really matter as long as it's responsive, just the look and experience that you care about.
And since you are (self described) computer illiterate, you will want to have anti-virus and firewall software for any computer you get, even if it runs OSX)
And reliability wise, desktops are only as reliable as the maintenance you can perform on it. Monthly de-dusting goes a long way to keeping computers running in top shape. My first Dell got cleaning ever other month, and it lasted almost a decade before the hdd failed. Everything else works just fine even today. I have yet to have a computer completely fail, and the only components to fail were laptop motherboards, which you can't clean regularly and damage was caused by spills anyway, and graphics cards (because I didn't clean it regularly and the fan lubricant gummed up with dust). Mac Pros are easy to clean, most non-apple computers are easy to clean, iMacs are nearly impossible to clean unless you are (very, very) good with computers.
b.d.bop wrote in post #9261765
Aside from price, is there a downside to the 16gb of RAM from the getgo?
Also, does the Time Machine application come with the iMac or is that separate software one purchases?
Lastly, if I start with the 16gb of RAM, then does my backup external harddrive need to be even larger?
Thanks in advance.
Downsides are: Price, Hibernation hdd space use, the fact you will NOT use anywhere near 16GB ram ever.
Time Machine comes with OSX 10.5 or 10.6, so any new mac will have it.
And no, you don't need a larger disk to go with larger memory.
I don't hate macs or OSX, I hate people and statements that portray them as better than anything else. Macs are A solution, not THE solution. Get a good desktop i7 with Windows 7 and come tell me that sucks for photo or video editing.