Currently Being ModeratedJun 28, 2013 1:44 AM (in response to vynylskyn)
If you're not playing games then you don't really need the top of the range one.
You could wait for the next version of the iMac, but why stop there. The next one after that will be even better
Put another way, if you can wait for the next one, then you don't need a new computer. If you can't, then you do.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 28, 2013 6:56 AM (in response to vynylskyn)
You'll find it difficult, if not impossible, to keep up with the march of new versions of computers, operating systems and the like. If you really need a new one now, then buy a new one now. If not, wait until you do need a new one. The key is to figure out how you use your computer now and how you might want to use it in the future; you've already done that. Then, buy a computer that meets those needs. If you are near an Apple Store, you can bring your "needs list" and one of the sales people will help you fit your list to the right hardware and software.iMAC 3.06 Core 2 Duo, 27" Screen, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 8GB RAM, Wired Keyboard, LaCie "Rugged" External Hard Drive
Currently Being ModeratedJun 28, 2013 9:20 AM (in response to vynylskyn)
You'll need to remember that Photoshop for Mac is no longer available as an individual application/purchase. Adobe has gone to subscription where you have to subscribe to the entire Adobe suite of apps on a yearly basis.
That being said, you may want to install Windows on a partition so you can use the Photoshop version you have now. Or use Photoshop Elements for Mac which has about 75% of PS's capabilities at a fraction of the cost. If you use CMYK image files PSE won't do it for you.
If you go the Windows route use the emulator that will let you switch systems without rebooting. This website describes 3 options: Windows Emulator Software Review 2013 | Run Windows on Mac | Windows for Mac Computers - TopTenREVIEWS. CrossOver doesn't require a separate volume.
All the models are fast so I'd opt for more memory over hotter processor.