Oh yeah-- one other question for Mac users that is very specific to SM-- is uploading an issue? I use star*explorer and can't imagine life without it-- but I regularly upload 200-300 photos from events. I'm honestly curious because life before S*E was pretty bleak when it came to uploads.
You didn't have to-- I already did.
Really-- I work on both in very technical situations (professional audio editing on the Mac, professional photo editing on the PC) and I prefer a PC. But I see guys on Macs who whip right through all kinds of amazing stuff at blazing speeds. I can do that on a PC, but it's never as easy on a Mac-- for me. It really comes down to how comfortable you are with one system or another-- but that's just my two-cents. I work with IT guys who swear by Macs, but set me up side by side with a similar speced PC, and I guarantee I can do everything just as fast as them. Not saying one is better-- it all depends on the user.
Then again, did I mention that's just my opinion?
Hi, what spec will you be building?
Disclaimer: Unless you have good friends in the hardware biz, your not going to find a setup like this for under 3k. The only thing I'm paying retail for is the processor (OUCH:cry).
It's a quid pro quo thing...
Ah, that makes more sense, I recently looked into building a PC rig to match the power of my Mac Pro and couldn't get anywhere near the value of the Mac, even an equally specified ready built Dell was more expensive.
Mind you hardware is more expensive in the UK as well.
I hold to my word that you can build A PC that can win against a STOCK Mac Pro for much less than a Mac Pro.
Include your time doing research and building it, and the gap narrows considerably. Not to mention that you're stuck with a PC!
But seriously, I don't think Apple can/should compete with the do-it-yourselfer. That'd be silly.
If you buy all the parts separate and assemble them. You can save more than half. Tiger Direct is a great place to start when looking for component level electronics.
You might look at newegg , great prices and service.
To get back to the OP:
If you have access to an Apple Store, CompUsa, or similar place where you can get your hands on one, try out a Mac. For the use you describe, I would recommend the iMac. If you are looking for value, check the online Apple Store in the "Special Deals" section for refurbished machines:
20" iMac 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo 1 GB RAM, 250 GB HD, Radeon X1600 128 MB $1299
24" iMac 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo 1 GB RAM, 250 GB HD, GeForce 7300GT 128 MB $1699
Mac Pro Quad 2.66 GHz Xeon 1 GB RAM, 250 GB HD, GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB $2199
Never buy your extra RAM from Apple (overpriced), I use OWC - great service.
Good luck on your choice.
Ann McRae wrote:
Ann McRae wrote:
The DH just called to ask
"How many of the photos on the new computer are important? It won't boot up". This is the PC that we bought 4 weeks ago, when the old one died a miserable death by viral infection. The portable hard drive that is home to the last two years of RAW files is infected and sitting idle, so my current backup for all the team photography of the last month is what I've managed to upload to smugmug. About $1K in deliverables not delivered yet......on the new machine, waiting customer approval:splat:splat:splat:splat
I am pretty sure that the originals are also still on the P2000, since I am cautious enough to not delete until delivered.
But I gotta tell you, he heard from the computer sales guy
"ditch Norton, it has holes"
He heard from me
"Please put AVG on the new machine, please"
Me thinks my tax return will go into apple's pocket book and the dh can figure out how to pay our property taxes.
Oh, let me tell ya, my avatar today is not nearly prickly enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh yea, don't turn your mac off at night.