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    Default Re: thinking of getting a macpro

    i'm curious on certain things about mac.

    is mac compatible with hardware for PC?

    can i use my own non-mac

    1. monitor
    2. keyboard and mouse
    3. ram
    4. sata hdd
    5. graphic card

    Accessing the configuration of a mac desktop, i just wonder why a 500GB hdd cost $400+ and a 1GB ram cost $200+?

    i want reliability and performance, not the looks and the branding, so i'm wondering if what i end up paying is for the former or the latter.

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    Default Re: thinking of getting a macpro

    Quote Originally Posted by zoossh View Post
    i'm curious on certain things about mac.

    is mac compatible with hardware for PC?

    can i use my own non-mac

    1. monitor
    2. keyboard and mouse
    3. ram
    4. sata hdd
    5. graphic card

    Accessing the configuration of a mac desktop, i just wonder why a 500GB hdd cost $400+ and a 1GB ram cost $200+?

    i want reliability and performance, not the looks and the branding, so i'm wondering if what i end up paying is for the former or the latter.
    1. You can use 3rd party monitors. I'm using Dell.
    2. You can use 3rd party keyboards and mouse. Only the Mac Mini doesn't come with KB and Mouse.
    3. You can use 3rd party ram. But Mac Pro uses server-grade ram. They are more expensive.
    4. You can use 3rd party sata hdd. E.g. Seagate, Western Digital
    5. Graphic has to be on the list of Apple certified cards. I find the default cards very sufficient for photo editing.

    Don't buy/upgrade anything extra from Apple. They charge way more than you can get from retailers.

    For the money you pay, you will get returns in time saved.

    Here are some links you will find useful (a review from a photographer)
    http://diglloyd.com/diglloyd/free/MacPro/index.html
    http://diglloyd.com/diglloyd/free/MacPro/memory.html

    (I'm using a Mac Pro.)

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    Is a MACBOOK PRO, good for imaging and some video? If so how much ram should be enough?

    I read from internet that the MacBook System is capable of recognizing 4GB of memory. However, due to the 32-bit limitation of MS Windows/Mac OS, Operating System can only utilize 3.25GB of the memory when 2GB + 2GB are installed.

    Any one know about the issue of 32-bit limitation?

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    Default Re: thinking of getting a macpro

    Quote Originally Posted by firewater View Post
    Is a MACBOOK PRO, good for imaging and some video? If so how much ram should be enough?

    I read from internet that the MacBook System is capable of recognizing 4GB of memory. However, due to the 32-bit limitation of MS Windows/Mac OS, Operating System can only utilize 3.25GB of the memory when 2GB + 2GB are installed.

    Any one know about the issue of 32-bit limitation?
    Current models of MBP come with 256MB video ram. Should be good enough unless you're into really intensive deadline-everyday situations.

    The MBP can hold and utilize up to 4gb ram. There's no limitations on the ram for this current version.

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