I just wanted to start off with the fact that the search wasnt working so dont troll me for that.
So i wanted to get my brother a computer which would last him a couple of years.He is quite a tech enthusiast and he does all kinds of things such as 3d,programming,photography,design etc. His 'old' computer is an iMac from 2008 where it has 3.06Ghz in an intel dual core or something similar.He probably would like a new mac or a new computer in general but he is very mac positive.Please dont include something because of the price,just tell me something good and futureproof for a couple of years for him. Cheers Robert
asked Feb 12 '11 at 11:30
This Mac is the most "FutureProof" one available. http://store.apple.com/us_smb_78313/configure/Z0M4?mco=MTg2OTQ5OTk And then you configure it with 2, 6-core processors and 32 Gb of ram and a few SSD's and dual ATI graphics cards. This will cost around $12,000. This is the most furture proof not the best deal on a Mac.
You do need to keep in mind the fact that there are no such thing as future poof. You can just have a very good computer. That you want to be fast enough to work well.
to be honest, your never going to get anything that is 'future proof', you will end up spending way too much for something that is really not worth it.
your better off getting something that will suit his needs rather then going for something that will last, chances are if it's suitable for his needs, he wont need to upgrade for a few years anyway.
answered Feb 12 '11 at 12:02
There is no future-proof computer. At the very least your hard disk will die. People always come out with innovations that require the latest hardware. If they didn't, no one would make new hardware.
I would say 5 years a good usable lifespan for a computer. Keeping in mind that when you go out and buy new hardware today, it's technology that's been in development for years. It could contain a graphic chip that is literally three years old. It might contain a processor that's been on the market for more than a year. Ethernet alone is a couple decades old and we still use it.
Instead of a future-proof computer, consider his needs. Does it have to play PC games? Does it have to be portable, or can the computer sit on/under a desk forever? Then consider your budget, and buy the best for that budget.
answered Feb 12 '11 at 12:37
i agree with TheTechDude...
No computer is futureproof, but honestly, the Mac Pro is your BEST BET.
If you go for the very top end, yes, they will be super expensive, but grab a 12-core Mac Pro with 8GB ram and 1TB hard drive or 512GB Solid State Drive, and it will still be brilliant in 10 years.
The 12 cores are 2x 6-core Intel Nahelm Processors, with Hyper Threading, allowing up to 24 virtual cores!
The graphics are great too: ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory as standard, with the option of an ATI Radeon HD 5780 instead.
One of my friends did the same thing. Bought a top end Mac Pro about 10 years ago, and it still runs faster than most new laptops do TODAY.
I have got to be honest with you, but if specs THAT HIGH are in standard everyday computers in 10 years, i will be VERY Surprised.
answered Feb 13 '11 at 05:17