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which computer?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: April 12, 2007 01:55PM
I'd like to get a new(er) computer at work. My G4 is starting to show its age. However, since the co. JUST upgraded me to CS2 last year, chances are i won't get a CS upgrade until CS4 or 5 comes out. So I was wondering if i should even consider an Intel mac. i need lots of ram and dual monitor support. i was thinking an older G5 maybe. I use Photoshop, InDesign, illustrator, Dreamweaver and Fireworks primarily. Ideally, I'd like to be able to fit a new flat panel display in there too. Maybe a nice Dell. I just wanted to get an idea of what it would cost before i present my recommendation. Opinions or suggestions?



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Re: which computer?
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Date: April 12, 2007 02:04PM
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Re: which computer?
Posted by: Silencio
Date: April 12, 2007 02:05PM
A Mac Pro will run the CS2 apps just fine. Just get the baseline, Quad 2.66GHz model and add another 4GB of RAM from a third party reseller and you're set.

I don't think the typical used or refurbed PowerMac G5 is a great bargain at all, and the PowerPC really represents the past. Just about the only scenario in which I'd recommend getting a PowerMac G5 would be if you're running After Effects and don't plan on upgrading to the forthcoming Universal version any time soon.
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Re: which computer?
Posted by: chas_m
Date: April 12, 2007 02:20PM
If you're sure the company isn't going to upgrade you to CS3 anytime soon, then I'd suggest looking at Apple's refurbed G5s.



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Re: which computer?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: April 12, 2007 02:23PM
Check your PM, bazookaman...



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Re: which computer?
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 12, 2007 02:59PM
go with the intel -- eventually you will get get CS3...

and at least PS 2 is faster after 10.4.8

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Re: which computer?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: April 12, 2007 03:06PM
this is like freelance. I don't want to ask for too much for fear that they will flat out deny it. however, i don't want to ask for too little and kick myself for not asking for more.



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Re: which computer?
Posted by: slbett
Date: April 12, 2007 03:14PM
I had CS2 on my MacBook duo and while startup times were very long it was faster than my dual 1.25 G4 desktop with 1.75 GB ram. I just got CS3 and it starts much much faster on MacBook. I haven't had long enough to compare speed much with CS2 on G4 but am very satisfied. I would go with an Intel Mac (iMac or MacPro) for the future of Adobe and other software. In other words, lean forward all the way. As a side note, I backup the grandkids DVDs with MacTheRipper and get much better rip times (under 50 minutes) than others on this forum get with their G5s (4 to 8 hours). read thread
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