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Exactly. Cant substitute one for the other. The desk budget is the same too.
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Exactly. Cant substitute one for the other. The desk budget is the same too.
Wow....

Well still, MAC it is. Honestly, the Pro is actually pretty good for the money. No joke, its hard, unless you get sales, to get the same quality of parts for less in a PC.
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The trash-can mac is actually a reasonable value machine at this time. In 2 years it will still be shipping with the same hardware while haswell-E with next generation graphics from AMD/NV will be cheaper and faster on the "PC" side of the isle, but usually if you buy an Apple Pro right after a launch (like now) you are getting decent value hardware wise.
     
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As much as it pains me, since Mac's are inferior products from a greedy, greedy trashy company and the school's have to be getting some kind of kickbacks (for requiring the use of a Mac and Mac software for some schoolwork, lucky I was able to get one otherwise I wouldn't be able to do some of my work except during lab hours). I got one of the iMacs like I'll attach an image of below since I had to use it for my video production (and some of the other Mac only programs) work (classes used After Effects) about 3 weeks after I got one the lab we were working in got the same exact ones (upgraded from the pre Sandy Mac Pro's). 

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If you have a $5k budget might as well milk it and get one of the trash-cans and a 27-inch monitor (seriously though those things cost $1k).

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That's not how gov't budgeting works. the chair budget is ONLY FOR THE CHAIR! RAWR!

There are a great many people sitting in $1000 desk chairs. We have two - one for me, one for my wife - Go look up the Herman Miller Aeron Chair. You might think it's overpriced, but I assure you - it will last 10x longer than a $200 Office Depot or Staples chair, making it effectively 1/2 the price you'd pay for others. And when it does break, you can get parts and fix it - unlike the 6-month Chinese production runs you get from an office supply store.

That being said, if you're going into graphics arts design - get the Mac. Chances are, wherever you end up working afterward will be a Mac shop in the design department, and you're going to want to fit in. =) Photoshop is on the Mac and on the PC, but if you've ever spent time working with the same version on both platforms, they ARE NOT THE SAME. The interfaces are sufficiently different to irritate one or the other type of user.

We have both Macs and PCs in this house. I've never been let down by the Mac hardware, Apple might be a monopolistic nightmare of a company, but there is no denying the engineering that goes into the products or the environment.

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I just met with the lead instructor of the graphic design program. My advisor through the VA keeps mentioning trying to place me back at Comcast instead of allowing me to go to school. I am hoping my va counselor goes with signing up for college instead.
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That... is just...

     
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I would definitely get a mac pro if they are offering to buy it for you. If you hate the Mac OS you can always install windows on it through bootcamp. With a mac pro, you get the best of both worlds and it is an incredibly powerful little machine.
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I would definitely get a mac pro if they are offering to buy it for you. If you hate the Mac OS you can always install windows on it through bootcamp. With a mac pro, you get the best of both worlds and it is an incredibly powerful little machine.

the only negative about mac pro is my syllabus recommends a mac laptop. my problem Is I hate laptops. they are so hard for me to type on. I do game so does anyone know how well the d500's or the gtx 780m run the latest games? if they complain about the price im going to ask for the 27" imac with upgraded cpu/gpu. I have been told by my counselor that if I don't like laptops they will by the desktop version and a tablet to take notes on as well.

or I might just ask for a MacBook pro with the 27: display. that's still cheaper than the imac or macpro with monitor.
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what about lenavo ?
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