Alrighty, I’ve already asked Matt this question but I’d like to get some more opinions.
Next year I’m off to University taking a Digital Design program, and I’d like to get a mac for the obvious reason that they own when it comes to design.
Anyways, I’m not looking for a powerhorse, but here’s the type of stuff I’ll be doing that’ll actually require some power:
- Editing Digital Photos (6mp and larger)
- Creating large format digital files for print (16x20 @ 300dpi, etc)
I have an Athlon XP 2500+ system right now with a measly 256mb RAM, and it’s fine for most things, but when it comes to larger files in Photoshop CS, using 1000px feathered brushes to burn areas of a photo and what-not there’s a little bit of lag.
So, I’m looking for either a refurb or new comp, and I’d like to keep it around $1500-$1700 (Canadian, of course) with a monitor. I don’t have a lot of money to spend, so if anyone knows of one I can get for $1000 or less that’d be nice.
I was looking at an iMac G4, but I was told not to get a G4 because it’s 32-bit… but I’d just upgrade to a G5 when everything comes out 16-bit. What can you knowledgeable peeps tell me about the G4s?