Power Mac on a budget

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  1. Commonman

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    I have noticed that pro-photgraphers tend to use Power Macs (with the tower) as oppossed to i-Macs. Is this just because they need the fastest processor, maximum RAM and hard drive space?

    I want a pro set-up but don't want to blow the budget so I'm thinking about finding a used Power Mac and loading it with a used older version of Adobe Phtosope (like CS2).

    I figure I would want to go with at least a G5 processor, OSX 10.4, 540 mb or RAM and a 200 gigabyte hardrive.

    Is this crazy?
     
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    You really want to get at LEAST 1GB of memory for running photoshop.
     
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    I wouldn't bother that much on hard disk space but on memory, at least 1GB, it's better if you back-up your un work on dvds since hard disk (internal or external) tend to **** up the day u least expect it.. and guess what? all your work was there without backup.. at least this is what i think
     
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    also, you say about running a late PS like CS2 but it's not actually that old... but with time you'll want to run a newer versions maybe because of work speed or any amazing new app that attracts you, so I would look for a lot of memory, 1GB the least
     
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    I have to say that using Cd's or Dvds is probably too much of a pain in the butt. I would say that if you are more worried about backing up your photos, you should get an external HD... You and get a good 250 GB for about 65 bucks... Its a lot easier to backup on that than on Cd's or DVDs.
     
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    well, I used to have one and a very good one... one day it stopped working with two years of architectural work on it and 5 years of my family and friends pictures... thank God I also backed it up on dvd's... it's worth the pain in the BUTT
     
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    I have an old dual processor G4 I use at home (still works great) and CS3 is faster on it than CS2 was...

    At work I use a quad G5, new 2 months ago. Before that I used a G5 iMac. (white flat one). Honestly, from my experiences, one of the new iMacs will be fine for a home setup and way cheaper. Towers are more for heavy video users.

    FYI, i'm a Graphic Designer and have used macs since around '92.
     
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    Personally, I'd lean towards an iMac, one of the newest ones, because Apple is going down the road where they might not support their older non-Intel computers as well. I mean, I don't know what your budget is, but an iMac will run PhotoShop just fine, but yeah, get AT LEAST 1gb, 2gb is the sweet spot I think. And RAM when purchased from someone other than Apple is really quite affordable these days.
     
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    What about getting a mac mini? It's got more power than what your talking about and would cost less I think.
     
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    I have a Mac Mini, or rather, my mom does, and it's not powerful enough for CS2. It's got similar specs as the MacBook Air, which I talked to someone at Apple about today, and they said CS2 or CS3 is not recommended at all, as it'll run rather poorly. I've never ran CS2 or CS3 for a long period of time on a Mac Mini, but I know Aperture was a bad fit. I'd be careful with Mac Minis and photography, unless you're using iPhoto.
     
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    Tha'ts cause aperture is a dog.

    I've run cs3 on a dell with way lower specs than the mac mini and it worked fine.

    I do agree the I wouldn't bother building up a mac tower. Last years 20" Imacs can be had for a decent price now.
     
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    I have a 2.4 GHz core 2 duo iMac with 2 Gig ram and 500 Gig external HD running PS and Aperture. Works fine.
    Pros use tower Macs for 2 main reasons - it's upgradeable and it's tax deductible.
    You can run everything on a G4 or even a G3 if you max out on ram - everything just happens slower.
    But if money is tight then get a Dell - the difference between Mac and PC these days is largely just personal preference.
     

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