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non-intel iMac g5 vs. Mac Pro


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OK, Newbie alert.

I am a freelance digital photographer who recently moved to Mac. I was running a shuttle that I built with lots of RAM and a 10K speed HD.

I got a used non-intel iMac G5 (2 GB RAM) and it is a DAWG. Just opening files in CS2 is maddening.

I am about to upgrade. Will the latest iMac packed with RAM make me happy or do I have to bite the bullet and go to a Mac Pro?

Also, where is the best place to purchase online aftermarket RAM?

Thanks so much in advance.

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how fast is the processor on the G5? Most are upgradable to 8 gb ram and that would help But if you ahve a slow processor an upgrade there mught be in order. Still less than a new imac. Or buy a 24" imac and you'll be happy enough. I open 750mb files on my imac at home with 4gb of ram. I cant render filters or effects. I save that for the dual processor mac pro 14gb ram. It does'nt stumble at all but it cost an arm and 3 fingers on the other hand.

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Thanks for the info.
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Thanks to all

just returned from Apple store with my iMac 24" 2.8GHz machine. Will probably upgrade memory, but want to try as is first.

Nice thing about living in Hawaii: No 10% restocking fee (even if opened). Also, they are extending the return policy to Jan 4th (rather than standard 1 days).

Aloha!

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CS2 software on Intel won't be fast as CS3 or CS4 software. Just so you know.
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thanks Nicoya. yeah, loading my first shots now and Bridge is faster loading thumbnails, but only marginally.

I guess i need to max out the RAM to see more difference.

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The problem isn't RAM in CS2 on Intel machines. CS2 was designed when Apple was still using PPC chips and before they switched to Intel. So CS2 is emulated on Intel chips and doesn't use them to their full extent.
For aftermarket RAM i recommend Newegg or Mwave. Many here may say OWC or Crucial but those same brands can be found cheaper at Newegg or Mwave on a consistent basis. I bought 4 gigs of RAM for my MBpro for $48 a few months ago.Also, note that upgrading your RAM past 4 gigs wont help unless you use 64 Bit software which neither CS2, CS3 or CS4 are on Macs or if you multitask heavily.
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thanks so much again for the info

just ordered 4 gigs of OWC for $53 shipped so I guess I did OK.

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I takes me about 7-8 seconds to initially open a 5-6 MB PSD file (CS3) on my imac 2.0 with 1GB 667MHz of ram. usually i have about 30 different smaller PSD files open with one main large PSD file and i never really have a problem with speed.Sometime i do get the beachball for a second when saving a file with that many open.
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