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  1. wazzuwarrior

    wazzuwarrior TPF Noob!

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    This Thread may cause some slight debate, and is a semi "political" subject in this arena. But I was interested in if you could go out and buy a new computer now would it be a Mac or a PC and why. I am looking at purchasing a new computer for majorly a photography platform and was wondering what you guys thought would be the best system for digital work. thank you.
     
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    Buy what you know I'd say. there's nothing in it between platforms these days. maybe Mac could be a winner in that you can run windows on it too.

    I have a PC and am happy with it. purely a personal choice as both will do well.
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    i think you could be happy with both mac and a windows PC. Most pieces of software you need for working with images exist on both systems.

    just avoid installing Vista on the PC though :p

    I'm getting a new laptop for work, and I explicitly demanded to have XP installed.

    If there was photoshop for Linux, I would even consider Linux as an alternative.
     
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    I use both and I can say it depends more on the machine you buy rather than mac vs. pc. I find PCs more affordable for the more powerful machines, but my mac is smaller so I carry that with me. Now that I think about it my mac is really just an expensive photo bank. It's an old G4 so it can't really compete with a newer dual core PC on performance.

    I second the stay away from Vista... it's just like windows with the suck knob turned way up. :mrgreen:
     
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    I was in the same boat, bought a Dell for the rippin good deal I got. Shop around, it doesnt hurt to see whats out there.
     
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    As other people have said, it's a close call. i would suggest that you go with what you know. That way you won't have to learn the OS as well as the Photo software. You'll get a little better bang for the $ with a PC. If you plan on getting really deep into Photo stuff then the Mac might be a better platform. Mac's have a slight lead in that arena. They have a larger assortment of accessories for photo/design people.
     
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    I've never really given serious consideration to the alternatives to the standard PC running Microsoft, being too lazy to try other operating systems and generally finding Macs a bit odd. But now I'll consider any way out... especially since merely replacing a network card prompted a demand that I re-authenticate my copy of Windows. I've heard some bad things here about the EULA on Vista; I haven't read it but I suspect it stipulates wearing an explosive collar as in The Running Man. "Genuine Advantage"?, well at least they have a sense of humour...
     
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    I have just built a new PC with 2GB RAM and an Intel Core2 Duo E6700 processor. Its real fast (compared to my old 3Ghz P4). However, I would say that if I didn't play games then I would certainly seriously consider a Mac (Mac Pro, not a Mac Mini) as a PC replacement. Pretty Expensive though.

    I am running Vista and it's got alot of cool features - not all eye candy. The performance monitor is great, lots of little things make it good but it is a real resouce hog. 800MB RAM use on boot. Colour management doesn't seem to work properly yet so I'm not sure if my monitor is profiled properly with my Eye-One Display2. That is the only thing that is making me think of going back to XP. Anyways, I digress.

    PCs have, from what I have seen, a greater range of software available that just isn't on the Mac and PC software seems to be more readily available.

    But as the Mac Advert says, "It just works" ...
     
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    Thanks for the input everyone I was mainly worried about the vista troubles with windows now that i recall what Ive been hearing lately. Im still "on the fence" but we'll see. Thank you again
     
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    mac... loooove it... wouldnt go back to a pc - of course this is just my personal preference.
     
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    Well, get a PC without Vista then ... make it XP or Linux :)

    Or make it MAC, really depends what you like more as in touch and feel .. it is a bit like the Nikon / Canon question ;)
     
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    Why AlexB - I have a laptop with XP, is there something wrong with Vista. I will be buying a home computer in Spain and would like some info on the pro's and cons?
     

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