Best desktop computer for photography work.

Started Mar 31, 2013 | Questions thread
afterswish1 Contributing Member • Posts: 743
Re: Best desktop computer for photography work.

glasswave wrote:

theJuke2 wrote:

I'm trying to look for a new desktop which will be dedicated just to my photography work and I won't be using it for anything else. I am a PC person by nature, but I am not opposed to Mac. What are the pros and cons? Everyone I talk to seems to prefer Mac. I'm trying to find some PC users (or past PC users) to get their input and see how they feel about the Mac/PC comparison for photography work. If you are a past PC user, why did you switch? I'm looking for the pros and cons for each. (Please don't give me the "Macs don't get viruses" reason, and please don't tell me that Macs are made with all Mac hardware and processors - that isn't true any more.) I'm looking purely for functionality. Thank you!

I have been a content creation specialist for 25 years using both macs and pc's.

Macs are more expensive (nearly double for the same performance), but the OS is built upon a stronger core (UNIX).

Building your own pc is probably the most economical route to a good editing station, if not get something from a custom builder like AVA direct,  ibuypower, or puget systems. Dells and hp's and macs are preloaded with crap sw and spyware.

Macs tend to have less virus/malware problems if you are not a very savvy web user.

There are more/better  freeware tools for the pc. PC's are more upgradable.

For me, the windows interface is more efficient, mnt lion is a big improvement on the mac side.

either is a good choice.

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There is simply too much beauty in the world to photograph it all, but I'm trying.

I mainly wanted to +1 this post. I've used macs and PCs professionally and now use PCs at home. I tend to think of mac as the 'pretty boxed, double cost PC'. Perhaps a pretty box is important to you?!

I would suggest either building a PC or buying a bare bones model and installing the additional components you really want or need. If you dual boot with Linux you can try that route for free, without being forced to change your workflow if you don't get on well with it. Darktable may be worth a look on that platform.

If you find Gimp/Darktable doesn't suit you, I'd still keep the Linux partition for recreation and surfing the web (and possible recovery options should something go wrong!), and the windows one for serious work only. That give you more flexibility in my view than going the mac route. If you have plenty of money to burn though I doubt even the most rabid windows fan would say a well-specced mac would exactly be a bad choice.

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