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Should I buy a MacPro or iMac?

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Mar 29, 2013 10:22 AM

I've had 3 apple computers in the past, 2 of which died on me this past month. I'm shopping around for a new one but I'm stuck on what would be the best option/ investment for me.


I will be using mostly for photoshop and logic studio. My kids also do videos.

This would be used by the family, so 3 different users.


1.iMac 27in 2.9ghz

2. Quad Core 3.2ghz

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Mar 29, 2013 10:28 AM (in response to anayancy77)

    You are rtalking about two very different machines.  The iMac 27" can be upgraded in memory but nothing else.  The Fusion Drive is very, very fast but you might want to consider the 3 TB over the 1 TB if you are going to do a lot of photo work.  And an external hard drive would be a big help for backing up for your own protection.


    The Mac Pro is powerhouse and very expandable at a later date.  As you fill up hard drive space, or just to have backup internally, you can easily just plug in more drive volume.  Memory is easily upgradable as you find you may need more.  The graphics card is just that, a card that can be replaced or upgraded.  The downside is the Mac Pro has not been "refreshed" or revised in a few years.  Many seem to believe it is overdue.  No one knows what Apple has in mind, however, so no one can reliably say what or when changes will happen.


    Just some thoughts.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Mar 29, 2013 2:11 PM (in response to anayancy77)

    I have a MacBook Pro and 2011 iMac, the one just before the switch to the new ultra thin model, and both are fantastic performers.


    Unless you are going to do heavy duty graphics or calculations that produce a lot of heat, the iMac is great.  If you are going to do things like 3-D gaming and a huge amount of rendering or ray tracing, then the Mac Pro would be better because of the cooling capacity.  The Mac Pro does have the upgrade advantage since you can add more and more memory, four hard drive bays, change the graphics card.  Which means greater longevity.


    But it really comes down to the fine details of what are you going to use the machine for and how far do you really think you will go in placing demands on the system.  For the brief items you gave initially, the iMac would in all liklelihood be teh best solution.  And with the 27" you can upgrade the memory if you find the base 4 GB isn't enough.  Memory is about half the price Apple charges when you go to suppliers like OWC and Crucial.


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