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    Graphic Design Laptop Question :)
    What is a good setup for graphic design.
    EX. Mac Pro:7.6GHz:RAM 8GB:HD 1T:LCD-LED you get the point

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    Are you looking for a laptop or desktop. Your post is kind of contradictory. Not to mention there is no such thing as a 7.6GHz processor unless you have a very elaborate cooling setup with major overclocking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babarnette View Post
    Are you looking for a laptop or desktop. Your post is kind of contradictory. Not to mention there is no such thing as a 7.6GHz processor unless you have a very elaborate cooling setup with major overclocking.
    Look at title and the 7.6 was an ex anyways do you have an input though

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    2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, LED backlit LCD, 15.4" MBP or better.
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    Graphic design require such high performance things though. You don't really need the fastest processor for photoshop, illustrator, etc.. you might be using large files and whatnot.. but it's definitely no autocad or resource demanding program. Ram however you will want a good amount, as it does come in handy.

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    I add another vote for a MBP with probably 4gs of memory, you can upgrade it very easily and buy it from crucial or newegg. I use a MBP 2.4ghz with 4gigs of memory and a 250g HD for Lightroom and Photoshop CS3. If you are going into graphic design, you should definitely go for a MBP.

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    I agree with the MacBook Pro assessment. I bought a MacBook, and it is serviceable (I upgraded it to 3GB of RAM) but at times the on-board graphics show it's lack of strength and some things slow down a bit (this is an older 2.0GHz C2D MacBook with the GMA950, although the newer X3100 isn't much better).

    Again, it's not too bad, but it depends on what type of "design" you are going to be doing as well. If money isn't a concern, then get a MBP with 4GB RAM - you won't be sorry.

    I probably should have gotten a MBP, but I'm not really pressed to get one as I am going to get a Mac Pro soon and do all my work on it and use the laptop as the portable it was really meant to be.

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    The biggest screen possible.

    Apart from that, any Mac built in the last 5 years can run Photoshop in its sleep.

    Personally, I'd hate to do design on a diddy laptop, but that's just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexis View Post
    The biggest screen possible.

    Personally, I'd hate to do design on a diddy laptop, but that's just my opinion.
    Definitely correct there. All my design work is done on a 24" external LCD monitor - the only thing on my MacBook screen when it is at the desk is my mail and some tools palettes in some cases.

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    yah that's what I was thinking gettin an external LCD for my room

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