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Coast-to-Coast
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Posted Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:52PM
I need to replace my 11 year old imac computer and the new imacs are coming in December.  Should I spring for the faster new one or get one that is one year old?  The one year old imacs will go on sale as soon as the new ones are introduced.  I have modest needs as far as adobe photoshop is concerned since I will be using a basic version.  What are people's experiences with a computer that is one year old?  Will they have to buy a new computer one year sooner when the time comes to replace the old one?  Just wondering since the new imac sounds nice.  It also comes standard with 8GB ram memory instead of the 4GB the older one comes with.  Thanks for your input.
blackwaterimages
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Posted Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:49PM
If your current machine is 11 years old, ANYTHING you upgrade to will be mindblowing. Your greatest concern should be software - you'll need new versions of virtually everything. Photoshop, Word, etc could easily cost as much as the machine itself. Also, the minimum RAM requirements on modern machines are truly minimal - you'll want to max out the RAM in order to get great performance out of the machine, otherwise you'll be dragging along only being able to open one or two things at a time. 
ClarkandCompany
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Posted Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:55AM
As blackwaterimages says anything will be better even a PC wink *ducks for cover*


Congratulations on keeping it going for so long but updating your software maybe  expensive. I would try and buy the newest,fastest possible machine to try and "future proof" for as long as possible. I would recommend that you get one with SSD built in as well as a conventional HD.


If you have to buy a whole new copy of PS that is expensive maybe Lightroom is cheaper  option. What version of PS are you running?


Is your digital camera as old as your iMac?


If you are planning to buy a new camera soon as well manufacturers are cramming more pixels on their chips that eat loads of computer power.


I would say 8Gb ram is a minimum more is better.

(Edited on 2012-11-20 00:55:54 by ClarkandCompany)
Empato
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Posted Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:00AM
My iMac isnt just as old at about 8 years, but it still copes admirably, even with only 2.5Gb of ram.  I too intend buying a new iMac and i'm hoping to go for the 27" in its basic spec.  Yes, its expensive, but if i get another 8 years out of this one with intensive use, i'll be happy.  What i would say though, the outgoing model would definetely be a huge upgrade for you too and i'm sure youd be more than happy with that.
Coast-to-Coast
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Posted Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:47AM
Thanks for all the replies.  My photoshop version is 4.1 almost 10 years old.  I am using a Canon SX230 zoom camera at 12 megapixels.  Nothing fancy-not even raw though maybe in the future I might get a better camera.  What happened is my turbo tax software obsoleted my computer-it now wants Mac OS Lion.  There are some free programs out here such as Open Office for a new computer.  I do not need a super complicated photoshop program just one that will be at least as good as 4.1.  I am just wondering if my external hard drives will hook up-should work.  My old printers as well as a Canon flatbed scanner and Minolta dimage dedicated film scanner might cause concern.  Hope there are some updated drivers.
ClarkandCompany
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Posted Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:41AM

I remember PSv4.0!


Not sure if you will even be able to load it onto a new iMac.


If your external drives are USB they should be OK.


Printers and scanners if you have problems try searching for "Gimp Drivers" or "Gutenprint" might be an option.


I still run a Power PC mac side by side with my 2011 spec iMac as a print server. No reason not to keep  your old imac running to scan/print etc. a PS/TIFF/JPEG etc file created on v4.0 should open on CS5 or Lightroom no problems.
Coast-to-Coast
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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:53AM

The new imacs also come with the fusion drive option which is a hybrid solid state hard drive and conventional hard drive as opposed to the conventional hard disk drive.  Supposedly fusion drives are much much faster but also a lot more expensive.  Sounds nice if you can afford it.


 


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusion_Drive

(Edited on 2012-11-21 00:58:14 by Coast-to-Coast)
ClarkandCompany
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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:09AM

I saw that about "Fusion Drives" not sure I want Apple to think that much for me The best set up is to keep your apps on a ssd and your images on an HD that way you will get the best perforamance out of the machine mac or pc. Will be interested to see them when they launch though.


Good luck with whatever you purchase.
princigalli
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Posted Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:22AM
Posted By blackwaterimages:
If your current machine is 11 years old, ANYTHING you upgrade to will be mindblowing. Your greatest concern should be software - you'll need new versions of virtually everything. Photoshop, Word, etc could easily cost as much as the machine itself. Also, the minimum RAM requirements on modern machines are truly minimal - you'll want to max out the RAM in order to get great performance out of the machine, otherwise you'll be dragging along only being able to open one or two things at a time. 


Actually, you can cover almost all needs with the Adobe creative Cloud. It's excellent, it's not very expensive (monthly payment), and you get a very useful cloud serv too. As for Word, you can use Google Docs or Apple's excellent Pages. Nobody needs to buy the Microsoft Office suite anymore.


 
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