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Is a Mac better than a PC?


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I'm thinking about buying a Mac.
I currently use a PC, which I have been quite happy with.
Though I have heard that Macs are better if you are wanting them for graphic design etc. Which is all I really do on my PC at the moment, as well as surf the net. I'm not all that big on computer games.
So before I head out and get one, I want to know what exactly makes Macs better than PCs when you're into the graphic design thing?

Can anyone help me with this?
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Ehhhh... OK, I'll bite.


If you use photoshop, the G5's will be faster in many of the filters than a similarly equipped Pentium 4 system. A lot of graphic designers like this.

There, that's a relatively non-flame-inviting response.

How fast is your current PC, and since you say you're happy with it, are you just looking for something faster? Or something different altogether?
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I have a P4, 2.8GHz with 512 RAM.
It's a relatively new PC. And I will be keeping it, as it is a shared computer and I am the only one in the family who is interested in Graphic design.
The only reason I want one really is so I can get used to how they work, so if I do manage to get into 'the business' I won't look like a complete dimwit.
Even though I do use Macs on my Media and Graphics courses at college, the machines I am allowed access to are embarrasingly slow and old. (They can only cope with a really old version of photoshop, whereas I have PS CS at home)

I have been looking into the Mac Mini recently. Is this any good for design purposes?
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I'll bite too.

Nothing makes a mac better than a pc. They're both personal computers and you can use both to do work with. It really is a matter of preference. Try a mac and then go with the platform you get on best with.

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I really think it is a matter of preference... I used to have a new dell inspiron 8600 laptop... but I traded it in and got a mac when I couldn't keep up with the spyware and viruses.... What really makes mac's special is their OS. I happen to find it much faster, much less glitchy (fast startup, shutdown, sleep, wake-up all the time). I own a 12" powerbook (not the latest one but the series before it) and I have photoshop cs on it. I find it to run just as fast as my dell... no faster. So if your looking for a new OS to explore and hopefully like, I'd try out an Apple, but if you're content with your PC, and you don't feel it's necessary, you may want to consider saving your money.

Good Luck with your choice
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What a remarkably restrained thread.

As many have already pointed out, it's mostly a preference thing. For out-of-the-box use and no-worries computing, Mac definately has the edge. For software availability, "bleeding edge" technologies, and gaming, PCs are ahead.

For graphics design work, a Powermac would be a nice system, not much problem with software as all the big apps are available for graphics work. Also, it never hurts to have extra stuff for you resume.
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I have been looking into the Mac Mini recently. Is this any good for design purposes?
Don't do it man. The mac mini's only appeal is it's cheap price tag. It's for general use like checking mail, browsing, school and office work.

If you're really interested in graphic design then get mid range iBook, any Powerbook, or any Powermac and stick a Gig or two of ram in it.

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If you're really interested in graphic design then get mid range iBook, any Powerbook, or any Powermac and stick a Gig or two of ram in it.
And what exactly makes the iBook more performant than the Mac mini?!
It's fastest CPU is only slightly faster than the low end mini, it's system bus is slower (133MHz opposed to 167MHz) which actually means overall performance is slower and it has the same slow harddisk.

As a second computer, and if portability isn't required, the Mac mini is the better choice than the iBook.
The 1.42GHz mini, with Airport, Bluetooth, keyboard and mouse is at $756,- on Apple's store. Add to this a 1GB memory for around $180,- (Apple's memory is too expensive) and that makes $936,-
And it will outperform ANY iBook.

So if the iBook is good for graphic design, why would the Mac mini not be good for it???
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That's fair point about the iBooks. For some reason I thought the base specs were faster.

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and stick a Gig or two of ram in it.
Dam two GIG who uses that much for basic graphic design i reckon 1 1/2
is the max and that's for heavy vid and photo editing.
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I have an iBook that I use for graphic design, and I got it for the same reason you did. I wanted to learn the platform that the industry uses. Take the advice of the other users. you HAVE to upgrade the RAM.
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Well i have to agree... mac has OS X... try it, love it, live it. if you don't fall in love with panther in the first 10 mins... then keep with a PC... otherwise GET A MAC! i think for basic photoshop stuff a 1.42GHz Mini with 512MB RAM would be decent (get a gig 'o RAM if you can afford it)... i have a G3 300MHz and i've run CS on it... not great by anymeans, but its bearable (but i've never used a G5 so i can't compare it to something like that) but a G4 ~1.3GHz will be really good if you don't need it to be super fast for everything
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I have an iBook myself. I really enjoy using it in general becuase of the OS, but in Photoshop it's a whole world of difference. The speed difference for graphic design has been incredible as compared to my friends who use PCs. Everyone says it's relative and that Photoshop is the same program on both platforms, but I've never used a graphic design system this nice, and this is the low/midrange Mac laptop.

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If your a gamer and limit internet use, windows PC. If you are not a hard core gamer and are heavy on internet use, Mac OS X or Linux PC. I mean, if you like the endless virus and worm chase, have fun. That's my 2 cents
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I mean, if you like the endless virus and worm chase, have fun. That's my 2 cents

Maybe some people like the challenge, it's all part of the ownership. Sort of like the challenge of owning a 1979 Porsche 911 and trying to keep the oil inside the engine.
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