Is it time to give up on PC's and buy a Mac

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  1. mcopan

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    I have been running PC's as long as I could type. I have spend a fair bit of time working on my fathers Mac when I have photos to work on.

    I am technologically behind since I have been using Microsoft Expressions and Publisher for websites and general graphics needs.

    I have had three serious computer problems with my PC in the last 18 months and would like to get away from the PC hassle like virus updates, pop ups, etc.

    I would like to get into the Photoshop world for some photo editing.

    Should I buy myself a Mac?
     
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    if you have a virus, than it's your own fault.

    I haven't had an anti virus, or a firewall on in 5 years and have yet to have any computer problems related to that. The only computer problem i've had recently is a motherboard going out and my power supply isn't quite beefy enough.

    A mac isn't going to stop pop ups, will it make you less susceptible to viruses when you're browsing porn and downloading stuff off of torrents? yes.

    do what you want, but if your 'serious problems' are you getting viruses from watching porn, than well.. It's your bad internet etiquette, not the computers.


    you ask any tech-support person and they'll tell you 99% of the time, things like that are user error.


    Format, use windows 7, and practice some sort of caution when you're on the internet and i bet pretty much any of your software issues will go away.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    +1.

    Though I would add that many people don't do the maintanence necessary to keep a computer system running well.

    Things like routine Registry maintanence, deleting unused applications, doing hard drive maintanence, using good anti-virus, anti-spyware products, etc.

    When was the last time you had the computer case open and cleaned out all the dust, dander, and hair out of the heat sinks and off the fan blades?

    It could be your system is running to hot.
     
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    Browncoat No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    :thumbdown: to the porn comments. Kind of stupid and uncalled for.

    To the OP: One area where Apple has always shined is multimedia and multimedia editing. Macs are generally more powerful than a comparable PC, though usually at a much higher price point as well. If you go the Mac route, you will not be disappointed in using it for photo editing. Just be aware that its formats are not widely accepted and if you are used to PCs, there will be a learning curve.

    Perhaps a more wise investment would be upgrading your software to something like Adobe Photoshop instead.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    From what I have herd from other Mac users is that there is little maintenance and set backs in comparison to PC. I normally pick new tasks up quickly and have adjust well to the Mac so far.

    I also find Mac programs to be well thought out compare to PC. I find that when operating with Microsoft programs especially that they don't flow and I have to back track to get where I want.
     
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    Josh220 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Up until about a week ago I had 3 computers in my room. Two macs, and a PC. I hadn't touched the PC in years so I took it out.

    Can PC's be good? Sure. Are they good for the average person who knows very little about computers? No. To have a reliable, hassle free PC you basically need to either build it yourself and/or know your way around it as well as a CS major.

    I use a 27" iMac for most things, and I have a MacBook for portability.

    +1 for buying a mac

    P.S. Pop-ups are more related to your browser then your operating system. You can disable it in the browser preferences.

    Really?






    :biglaugh:
     
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    Then you'll feel right at home with Photoshop. :thumbup:;)
     
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    Any other suggestions?
     
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    MAC!!!! Only way to go. Unless you want to deal with all the hassles. I have been using macs for the past 10 years or so. I used to know my way around a PC and how to fix them. I had to know and learn as I used to own a PC. Once I got a mac, I purposely forgot everything I knew about PC's and how to fix them and got rid of mine. To many of my friends had a PC and would always want me to fix it. I finally had enough and said I don't know how to fix it and if you don't want to deal with these problems...buy a mac. You will never ever look back, that I can promise.
     
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    I agree

    Mac's run basically the same hardware a "comparable" system will have similar power/performance. It will cost at least 2 time its PC equivalent.

    I'm sorry but Mac's are closed system desktop appliances. It gets old you replace it. While you can get most of the major software titles for both systems(photoshop) the software market for the mac is much smaller. Mac's are only virus "safe" because they represent such a tiny fraction of the "computer" market.

    A PC can be upgraded and last much longer. I Have not had a single virus on my system EVER. If you run good anti-virus software, set windows and your AV software to update nightly you can be fine on a PC. (assuming you don't click on popups)

    photoshop is available for PC and Mac it works the same on both.
     
  12. Josh220

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    The fact that you can just upgrade every OS they have is the reason why they are so susceptible to viruses. They are upgraded off of the same platform they started out with.

    IMO you summed up exactly why the average consumer will not be problem-free with a PC.
    - "If you run good anti-virus software, set windows and your AV software to update nightly you can be fine on a PC."

    Why should you have pay for a program and slow your computers performance for an allotted amount of time every single night just to keep it running "fine" ???

    Some people are perfectly happy with a computer that runs "fine" on its best day. I, however, am not.

    Mac vs. Windows is the worst argument ever created by online discussions. It's even worse than Canon vs. Nikon because there is a clear better choice whereas Canon and Nikon are at least comparable on the same level. Mac and Windows aren't even in the same category, and due to the prices of Apple products, they appeal to different consumer markets. If you can afford a Mac, get one; if you can't, then try to find a PC that runs "fine."
     
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