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Most important part of that shopping list that ain't there: software.

Gonna suck when you have to try to sell your rig to get a Mac. Maybe you'll get lucky and they'll only teach Premiere or something.

Find a Mac Pro or iMac Core 2 Duo used. Better-still, get a Macbook Pro 15" or more so you can have the mobility then drop another 2gigs of ram in.

All those programs you've listed will run on a Windows machine just fine. Chances are, though, you're gonna be advised-- in school-- to purchase a Mac.

You could get by!!! Maybe just wait and see when you get into classes.
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post #12 of 38
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Originally Posted by Modki;
Yeah Mac's are the same hardware as real PC's now anyways. Think of it as getting a computer with a Digital Arts orientation.
If they're the same hardware...what do you mean by Digital Arts orientation? Sorry. Probably a dumb question but my brain isn't processing it.
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post #13 of 38
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Originally Posted by Audi;
Most important part of that shopping list that ain't there: software.

Gonna suck when you have to try to sell your rig to get a Mac. Maybe you'll get lucky and they'll only teach Premiere or something.

Find a Mac Pro or iMac Core 2 Duo used. Better-still, get a Macbook Pro 15" or more so you can have the mobility then drop another 2gigs of ram in.

All those programs you've listed will run on a Windows machine just fine. Chances are, though, you're gonna be advised-- in school-- to purchase a Mac.

You could get by!!! Maybe just wait and see when you get into classes.
The school I've talked to hasn't mentioned Mac and they know I have a PC and I'm going to buy a knew one. Plus, I have 98% of the software already. I guess I should be making a call to them.

Premiere?

What's your back ground?
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post #14 of 38
Digital Video Editing 2 years , Graphic Design 4 and Digital Illustration 6.

Salaried as Digital Artist for a well known television marketing mogul.

I started on PC, migrated to Mac, sitting in between daily.

You might be able to get by with a PC. I didn't go to school, only got a few friends that did and they all, including my GF, had to have a Mac of some sort to work on.
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post #15 of 38
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Personally if I was going to spend it all I would build an Intel rig and get a mac book or mac book pro. Something like this:

The 15" Macbook Pro for 1999.00

And then make something like this:

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Something like that.
That's a pretty good idea. IF I need a Mac. I'm not opposed to Macs. Personally, I'm not a big fan of Microsoft.
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post #16 of 38
That was the best solution I could come up with. That way you can take your mac with you to school or whatever and have a good gaming/designing pc as well.
post #17 of 38
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Originally Posted by Audi;
Digital Video Editing 2 years , Graphic Design 4 and Digital Illustration 6.

Salaried as Digital Artist for a well known television marketing mogul.

I started on PC, migrated to Mac, sitting in between daily.

You might be able to get by with a PC. I didn't go to school, only got a few friends that did and they all, including my GF, had to have a Mac of some sort to work on.
So you learned it all on your own? That's really cool. Is there a difference between the two? If so, what? Since they make the software for both PC and Mac.

Thanks for letting me pick your brain.

Oh and have you ever used a drawing a tablet? I'm looking at getting one.
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post #18 of 38
Don't believe everything you hear.

My friend just recently finished his 3 year degree at Art Institute of California, his major was 3d Game Art and Design. He was working with 3d Studio Max and the program Pixar uses, can't remember what it's called. He always used PC.

What school are you going to? A good idea is to call the school and ask them if most of their application curriculum utilizes Apple programs or Microsoft programs.

If they say both, go with a home built PC like you're asking here. If they say PC, go with a home built PC like you're asking here. If they say Mac, then yes, get a Mac, but it's a good idea to invest into a home PC no matter what, because Bill Gates pretty much has a Cobra bite clutch on any third party software, so programs you can use on a Mac will be few and far between.

Judging from your initial post, I'd assume you want to set aside $1000-2000 for school in the future?

$1000 can get you a very good PC with a lot of hard-drive space and it'll be future proof enough that you won't feel discontent.

If you have to get a Mac for school, $2000 on a Mac and $600 on a PC will be a good investment, and you'll have $1400 left over for savings.

Either way, this is a good set up to use-
Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 $186
G.Skill DDR2 2GB HZ $109.99
Gigabyte N650SLI-DS4 $139.99
Western Digital Caviar 16mb Cache 250GB 7200 $69.99 (x2)
Western Digital Raptor 16mb Cache 74GB 10,000RPM $154.99 ($20 Rebate)
EVGA 8800GTS 320mb $289.99
Thermaltake Purepower 600w Modular $124.99 ($20 Rebate)

At that point, you can choose any case you want. Antec Nine Hundred, Antec P180, Thermaltake Armor or Armor Jr, or you could even go conservative and get a Cooler Master Centurion.

I like to stay simple and go with $50 or under cases, most notably Centurions, because they're very stable and rigid and I haven't used any complicated cooling yet.

If you want to make your system run quieter and cooler you can get an aftermarket cooler for the CPU like:
Freezer 7 Pro $24.99

Good luck and let us know if the school you're going to is PC or Mac based.
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post #19 of 38
Yeah, I actually did and still do learn everything on my own. I should say that I'm now tackling 3D modelling and animation in Cinema4D and gettin' paid to do it. I suck, but I'll get there, someday.

There's not REALLY a difference between the two, either. Which is insanely baffling because a lot of "creative" peoples will choose Mac over PC. My sole advance to NEEDING OS X is Final Cut Studio 2. The secondary's going to be networking with other creative types. A lot of them use Macs, as stated, and tend to want file-types that work with their systems.

So, you know, collab is a bit harder when something doesn't work JUST because it was created on a PC.

Now-a-days, there're only a FEW programs that cause trouble. So, that's no longer a viable argument either.

In ALL honesty, you COULD get away with using a PC. You SHOULD get away with it unless they start stressing Apple, which then you should probably shell out for one. I'd say wait it out to see what's the best.

Tablet -- I hate them. And, I know, I should be using one but I can't stand them. I stick to my wireless mouse.

To be noted: a lot of 3D houses still use PC's and they're just as good. So, it's up to you.
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post #20 of 38
If he gets a Mac he won't need a PC. It'll be a waste of money seein as how he can run every app he's got on that Mac via Bootcamp 2... and there isn't a single digital content creation program on PC that isn't running on Mac... anything else he can just use bootcamp and keep his money in his pocket.
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