Member Since: May 20, 2008
Mac Specs: 13" MB 2.4ghz, 2gig ram, OS 10.7.5
07-13-2012, 12:36 PM
Originally Posted by Bicycleman
...I'm trying to get some unbiased views on my possible imminent decision to move from my outdated 4Gb ram 1.8Ghz PPC G5 running OS 10.4 to a new 21.5" 2.7 Ghz Imac.
I use my G5 and before that a G4 for my work as a professional illustrator, working mostly in Illustrator and Photoshop. PSD Files are typically around 30Mb, but are occasionally up to a few hundred Mb's. Current Photoshop/Illustrator version is CS2.
Cost restraints mean I have to make my decision very carefully.
You mentioned "cost restraints". Do you realize that you're going to have to replace basically all software (non-OS based) that you currently use?? You're going to need at least CS5 (plus other programs you may use).
Upgrading from a 2003-2004 G5...most likely running OS 10.5.8...to a 2011-2012 computer running OS 10.7.x...is a BIG leap forward. Basically...the software upgrades you need will cost more than the computer.
This is a pretty BIG price tag on top of the computer purchase...which you mentioned already has cost restraints.
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