Operating Systems - Which do you use?

Hi all!

I have a burning question for you - I'm going to be looking at buying a new desktop computer that has a big screen to do lots of design work on. My immediate choice was to go with a Mac since they look so dog-gone nice. However, I'm curious to see what you all use and if there is a general consensus about which is better and/or more pleasing to use for online design.

I know Macs are usually used for sexy graphics work, but I'm not sure about interoperability of authoring tools (like Articulate, Captivate, etc.) or other programs.

If Macs aren't the answer (or even if they are), as an alternative, what would be the best PC out there for this kind of work? Everything from make/model to size of memory and ideal disk space will be helpful details for me. My current home computer is an outdated Dell XPS M140.



29 Replies
Steve Flowers

I understand the Intel i7 leverages Sandy Bridge. As far as I know, they are available now. I ended up picking up another Macbook Pro (something I told myself I wouldn't do) last weekend. If my assumptions are correct, this round of MPB's also include this chipset (including the one I'm making this post with.)

Gerry Wasiluk

Steve is right.  I think the outage for some was shorter than expected.  I'm seeing a XPS 17 3D with the Sandy Bridge chip on the Dell site.  Whew--lottas $$$$$  but so, so, so tempting . . . 

Looks like HP is now out of the gate again . . .  http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/03/14/hps-sandy-bridge-notebook-line-now-shipping/