Photography Setup (Apple or Windows)

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  1. Vipor

    Vipor TPF Noob!

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    Question for you seasoned Photogs. I am wanting to update my home computer system and would like to take into consideration my photography aspirations while I am at it. Naturally, I am trying to be cost conscious while doing this which is why I am looking towards you seasoned photogs to see what your recommendations would be.

    Which of these setups would you recommend?


    Mac:

    27" iMac ($1,699) (good size screen, good speed, good size storage, but not mobile)​
    2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    4GB (two 2GB) memory
    1TB hard drive[SUP]1[/SUP]
    AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB


    27" iMac ($1,999) (good size screen, good speed, good size storage, but not mobile)

    3.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5​
    4GB (two 2GB) memory
    1TB hard drive[SUP]1[/SUP]
    AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 1GB


    15" MacBook Pro ($2,199) (good speed, good size storage, mobile, but small screen and expensive)

    2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    4GB 1333MHz
    750GB 5400-rpm[SUP]1[/SUP]
    Intel HD Graphics 3000
    AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB GDDR5​




    Windows:


    15.6" HP Envy ($1,144) (good speed, good size storage, IPS display, mobile, but small screen and not Mac OSX)
    2.2Ghz IntelĀ® Core™ i7-2670QM with Turbo Boost to 3.1GHz
    8GB DDR3 (two 4GB) memory (max 16GB)
    750GB (7200RPM) hard drive[SUP]1
    [/SUP]Intel HD 3000 graphics and the AMD Radeon HD 7690M with 1 gig of DDR5 VRAM (Switchable Graphics)




    and maybe add...

    Two HP 2511 x 25" LED monitors ($454)
    or
    Two HP 2711 x 27" LED monitors ($542)


     
  2. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    27" iMac ($1,999) (good size screen, good speed, good size storage, but not mobile)

    3.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5​
    4GB (two 2GB) memory
    1TB hard drive[SUP]1[/SUP]
    AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 1GB​
     
  3. table1349

    table1349 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    Yeah....the quest for quality, reliability, beautiful design, and simplicity versus the cheapest possible price on something that sort of gets the job done...the old Mac versus Win-doze debate. Besides, the Mac can be booted into Windoze, should you feel more comfortable with that...it's like two computers in one.

    With the ever-increasing size of digital camera video clips and image files, plus the absolutely chitty screen on most laptops, there is no laptop computer that's really well-suited for image handling, processing, and editing. Buy the best computer you can afford,and enjoy it.
     
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    KmH In memoriam Supporting Member

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    All the computers used in my studios were PC's, and I'm using a PC now.
     
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    412 Burgh No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'd go with a iMac over the MacBook. Currently I use a MacBook Pro 15"

    2GHz Intel Cor i7
    4GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    500 GB (But I store all my photos on an external hard drive 800 GB)

    Runs well, looking to upgrade ram sticks though
     

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