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Mac people, I know you can help

My department has a handful of people who use Macs. Of course they never need any help so I just leave them alone most of the time. Now I have a request from a program director who wants to order a machine before the end of the month for a position that has not yet been filled. We can't ask the user, then, what it is that he or she would like. The job title is "graphic designer" and they're supposed to do both web and print stuff. Our people use InDesign and Dreamweaver and Photoshop, but this person will be able to use whatever they like if they prefer other software. All of our Mac users are on vacation, or I would ask them this question.

What Macintosh should they order?

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kugelblitz
Aug. 11th, 2004 08:20 am (UTC)
Get a G5
Mac sure you have a bunch of ram and a decent sized hard drive too. Maybe even an Apple Cinema display (12, or 21 or even *gasp* the 23 inch one).
koralleen
Aug. 11th, 2004 08:24 am (UTC)
Re: Get a G5
Precisely the sort of answer I am looking for. Now define bunch and decent and I'm ready to go.
chickenhat
Aug. 11th, 2004 08:55 am (UTC)
Re: Get a G5
CDW
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=653857
or from the Apple Store
http://www.apple.com/store/

G5, dual 2.5Ghz processors, comes with 512MB and will take up to 8GB(when asking for the quote ask to be upgraded to 2GB of ram) - approx $3,000, $3,500 with the RAM upgrade. Comes with a 160GB hard drive. Upgrading to a 250GB or dual 250GB drives is relatively cheap ($100 to $450 more).

Any monitor will do, the G5 comes with a VGA adapter and dual DVI, but the new displays are mighty fine. The 23" will run $2,000. The 30" isn't shipping yet, but will be $3,300, will require the graphics card upgrade (another $500), and is HUGE. Like, as big as the wall-mounted screen in our house.

Software, yeah, definitely get the $1000 Adobe Creative Suite, don't nickle and dime your department with buying Photoshop and Illustrator separately. Dreamweaver MX if they want it. Quark 6 actually has some improvments that make it not suck as badly as before, but only if they absolutely have to have it for layout work.
koralleen
Aug. 11th, 2004 09:26 am (UTC)
Thanks, guys!
"...don't nickle and dime your department..."

Hahahahahahahaha! As if I had the means to nickle and dime anyone! We have to peso and Canadian penny our departments around here. But this particular group has a special grant because they are very, very special and we are (read: I am) trying very hard not to hate them.

Thanks again for your help.
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koralleen
Aug. 12th, 2004 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Graphic Designer
They haven't hired the new person yet and it's a new position, so who knows what they'll need? They're making it up as they go along. Barring some sort of disaster (how could I squeeze another one into this week?) I shall see you Friday. Today. Only later. And thanks for the info.
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koralleen
Aug. 13th, 2004 06:23 am (UTC)
Re: Graphic Designer
Guinness is lovely. Maybe I can drag Brian along, too, although he might be all socialed out from his crazy two-party weekend.
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