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    I need help chosing a Mac
    I知 looking into buying a new or second hand Mac book but I知 a bit confused buy the specifications.

    I want the Mac book purely for graphic design projects and want to install Illustrator and photoshop. I also want to use a graphics tablet and pen.

    The second hand ones don稚 seem the hold enough memory.

    Could anyone advise a model?


    Thanks

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    Do you want it to be a laptop or a desktop? I would suggest a macbook pro or a iMac depending on what you want, you just have to narrow down to what screen size you want, I would also suggest sticking with the stock amount of ram and upgrade it yourself to save you some pretty pennies and it is very easy to do.

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    Yeah you need to decide to get a desktop or a laptop. I would go for a MacBook Pro if you want a laptop, or an iMac if you want a desktop. I think you should get a new one if money is not an issue.

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    For that type of stuff, I definitely suggest a MBP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixeltron View Post
    I知 looking into buying a new or second hand Mac book but I知 a bit confused buy the specifications.

    I want the Mac book purely for graphic design projects and want to install Illustrator and photoshop. I also want to use a graphics tablet and pen.
    I would suggest either a Power Mac G5 if you're looking for second-hand... and a Mac Pro if you're looking to buy new.
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    For what you're talking about doing, you should not get a Macbook. If you go for a laptop, get the Macbook Pro. Actually, for any serious graphic design and photoshop work you really should be running a Mac Pro and using a large Cinema Display monitor.

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    I just installed Photoshop CS4 on my mac book 13" and it runs great!
    It was MOLASSES on the PC! You can always plug into a larger monitor and put photoshop tools on the 13" screen and work on the larger monitor. Lots of options.

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    im using macbook pro 2.53ghz.. well its astonishing..
    \consider this..

    15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
    Supported resolutions: 1440 by 900 (native), 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched

    Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors

    Dual-link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter supports 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display

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    Any Mac for sale will run Photoshop and Illustrator with ease. You don't need a hefty Mac Pro. I'd recommend 2gigs of RAM, 3 preferably.

    The main issue is the screen. Personally I'd hate to work on a 13" laptop screen, so think about how you'd tackle that.

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