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Hi,

My dad wants to buy a computer for his friend who's a graphic designer. The only problem is that his friend only uses mac. I looked on Apples website to find out that i3 + 1080p screen + 4GB RAM + 500GB HDD + HD4670 = 1300$ ... I can easily get a desktop better than that for less than 600$ so can somebody explain me why graphic designer need mac so bad ? and is there any decent mac that my dad could buy for his friend ?
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Originally Posted by Jomboh View Post
Hi,

My dad wants to buy a computer for his friend who's a graphic designer. The only problem is that his friend only uses mac. I looked on Apples website to find out that i3 + 1080p screen + 4GB RAM + 500GB HDD + HD4670 = 1300$ ... I can easily get a desktop better than that for less than 600$ so can somebody explain me why graphic designer need mac so bad ? and is there any decent mac that my dad could buy for his friend ?
Eh.

It isn't as bad as it sounds for the Mac. A *good* LCD panel that a graphics designer would use is a $700+ item all by itself. Now is a good time to be buying used i7 parts though. I doubt due to the monitor cost you'd beat the Mac cost though.
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hmmm its for home use so I dont think he's gonna need a uber screen ... something like this should be enough ... it's a VA panel for true color ... He has mac computers at his office

humm btw i think talking about hackintosh isnt allowed here is it ?
post #4 of 9
As a graphic design student, I guess I can give you my opinion...

Color fidelity in a monitor is not the most important thing in the world. Do not get me wrong, it's awesome, but it's not hard to get around "good enough".

Without even going into color calibration systems and so on, the PMS system pretty much allows a designer to get the exact color they want, even if the screen does not display it correctly. I can elaborate on why this is so if you'd like...

Now do note that this is only for print. For web, I could actually see using an "average" monitor because that's how your audience will view it.


Mac's, again, are nice in that they do come with high quality screens (except the laptops), there's no fuss about compatibility, drivers, what have you when using industry standard stuff, and you're less likely to run into problems because everything is all made to one standard. This is not a big issue by any means but it is a concern.

I prefer having the ability to upgrade components and really be able to customize what I'm doing. There's something antithetical to me about using a genericized machine for custom creative work, but then again I'm writing this on a Macbook. A Macbook that I've taken apart, customized and painted, but nonetheless.
Saul Bass said that a designer just wants to make the world more beautiful, and I don't think Macs are the only ones that can do that. April Greiman said that the Mac is nothing more than another tool in the hands of a designer, and I don't see how the PC is any different.

For a budget and customizability, PC!
For conformity, compatibility, and convenience at the cost of budget, Mac!

Either way, it's what is done with the tool that matters.
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post #5 of 9
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thing is ... my dad's friend has been using mac for over 20 years ... so i dont think he's ready to change from mac to PC :/ but a 24" iMac is 1800$ while a custom PC would costs less than half the price for same/better performance.

Also ... what kinda of hardware do designer need ? is an i3 enough ? what kinda of GPU ? and ram ? iMac gives really slow ram ... i dunno about their timings >.>
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That could fluctuate wildly depending on what kind of designer we're talking.

For example: Although the Adobe suite does have GPU support from nvidia OpenGL and CUDA, it's more about using the vram and taking over some functions, none of which require extraordinary clocks or power. Now if they're doing video or rendering as part of their work, they might benefit from a better gpu depending on if the program supports that and to what extent. A GPU with two outs is pretty much amazing, for any designer.

Ram, 4gb is good for the majority, but again, more video/rendering/intensive Photoshop work would benefit from more, speed is not so important, afaik.

CPU, faster clocks, higher core/thread count. The suite supports multithreading and most things are cpu dependent. Barring extreme circumstances, an i5 or equivalent would do fine for pretty much anything. An i3 or equivalent would be fine for most. Hell I'm on an e8200 with 2gb ram and an old mechanical drive and it's mostly perfectly fine.

A fast HDD setup or SSD is a good idea.

Backup solutions are another really good idea, whether that is addressed in RAID or external or online, all of it is good.

If I forgot anything, don't hesitate to ask.
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post #7 of 9
If they've been used to a mac, they'll likely be more productive on one rather than on a pc. Not sure why, but I've always been able to do design work faster on mac. Personal preference I guess...

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humm btw i think talking about hackintosh isnt allowed here is it ?
Yup, speak of hackintoshes is strictly off limits here, but there are plenty of sites with said information assuming you're interested.

I certainly would advise you against looking into TONYMACX86. *COUGH*google it*COUGH*
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look at the one in my sig, i just built it for sole design and it should last 3 yrs, i do a lot of wrap designs, built for 800 bucks
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post #9 of 9
i agreed with Jomboh
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