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What's the best Mac for graphics designer? With maximum price of $700-1000?

asked Sep 26 '12 at 13:20

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edited Sep 26 '12 at 13:22

The Macbook Pro, pretty much. With that price range however, you're overbudget with NEW Macbook Pros. However, look up on Amazon or Craigslist for last years' model for lower prices.

Macbook Pro (MD313LL/A) Used listing: http://goo.gl/bkk1u

answered Sep 26 '12 at 13:36

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DJ Scooby Doo

edited Sep 26 '12 at 13:38

What about the specs?

(Sep 26 '12 at 13:37) synadude synadude's gravatar image

Copypasta from Amazon's site:

2.4 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 Processor


500 GB Hard Drive, 8x DVD/CD SuperDrive

13.3-Inch LED-backlit Display, 1280-by-800 Resolution, Intel HD Graphics 3000

Mac OS X v10.7 Lion, 7 Hour Battery Life

(Sep 26 '12 at 13:39) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Is Intel HD 3000 graphics enough? What about dual-core?

(Sep 26 '12 at 14:12) synadude synadude's gravatar image

If you plan to use photoshop and deal with high resolution images then the HD3000 is not enough as you will not get photoshop's full GPU acceleration

and if you plan to do 3D modeling then avoid a laptop all together, they are not designed for having the CPU at full load for days on end (and with pretty recent mac book pro's, if the ambient temperature is in the upper 70's to around 80F+ then rendering a 3d model can easily cause the CPU to throttle.

If you need portability and plan to do a lot of high res image work then look for a laptop that has a decent GPU, from personal experience, anything below a radeon 6650m or a geforce gt 630m or equivalent will have trouble properly accelerating photoshop (especially if you are manipulating photos that are around 16+ megapixels, with a good GPU, there is no noticable delay when using the variouus tools but with a lower end GPU, the effects trail the verious tools, thus forcing you to work extremely slowly to avoid making mistakes.

(Sep 26 '12 at 14:55) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

I agree with @Razor512, you either have to A) Step up your money to $1500 or so, or B) Forget the Mac and go with a Windows PC.

(Sep 26 '12 at 15:26) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

In you're budget, I'd highly recommend a PC. I can make recommendations if you want.

answered Sep 26 '12 at 16:17

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