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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-27-2013, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Mac people, I have a question

I have an early 09 Mac with a 2.66ghz processor. I do design work on it ( Sketchup mostly ) and video editing, copying etc. Do you think it's time to upgrade?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-27-2013, 10:38 PM
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If it suits your needs, maybe not. Are you maxed out on RAM? If not, that may be something to consider.

If you can swing the purchase of a new machine? Upgrade! I would upgrade my Mac every year if I could.
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This was my first Apple purchase after being a devout pc user. We have three macs in the house now ( along with iphones ipads ipods etc lol), mine being the oldest. I feel like it is slowing down especially doing work in Imovie. Just need to convince myself it is a good move. the 27" screen would be REALLY nice for my old eyes.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-27-2013, 11:46 PM
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The Ivy Bridge Macs I've tried aren't that noticeably faster than the Core 2 Duo machines from 2009. I don't use Sketchup, but I do intermittently use Photoshop and Maya for work.

The biggest lag with modeling programs seems to be disk access. If you're working with a large file with a lot of vertices, you may notice some lag. Rather than getting a new Mac, you could probably try more RAM first, and look into getting an SSD if that doesn't help.

If you do decide to get a new Mac because it's just not cutting it with graphics, I'd opt for a Fusion or Solid State drive option over getting four cores or unreasonably priced RAM that you could buy elsewhere and install yourself for 1/3 of Apple's prices.

Also, if there's an option for discrete video opposed to built-in Intel HD Graphics 4000, you may want to consider it. The Intel HD 4000 does a surprisingly good job at accelerating video transcoding, but doesn't handle 3D rendering as well as the ATI Radeon 5770 or the NVIDIA GeForce GT 6XXM options available on some Macintosh models.
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Many people use Macbook Pros to edit video and I used to use an iMac for Commercial Art Class with Photoshop and Adobe. It was definetely awesome and I think it was worth it.

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I'd consider maxing out the RAM (makes a huge difference IME) and perhaps adding a SSD if possible (not sure about 09 Macs).
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-01-2013, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. I'm getting the new Mac 27"
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