My wife is a photographer and she's looking to upgrade to a I Mac 27", we have around £2500.00 to spend and was wondering what addons would be useful.

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  • For my suggestions, I'm going to ignore your price range because I'm in America and I'm not sure how British Pounds translate as far as upgrades go.

    For photography, as far as hardware upgrades go, I would definitely invest in a graphics card. The more memory the graphics card has, the higher the performance. So the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M with 4GB of GDDR5 memory is going to way outperform the same computer with 1GB of GDDR5 memory. Upgrading the graphics card will allow separation of the processor from having to process graphics, meaning more processing power will be devoted to things like editing the pictures and saving and loading them

    Consider the hard drive as well. Also consider between a standard 7200RPM drive and Flash Memory or even a Fusion Drive. Flash and Fusion Drives are going to be much faster than a standard 7200RPM drive. Flash Memory, however is going to be limited by space to only 1TB, whereas the Fusion Drive, which has both Flash Memory and a 7200RPM Drive is not going to be limited so low. These differences effect loading speeds of photos, saving speeds, exporting speeds, as well as how many photos can be stored at one time. Some of these newer RAW photos can have massive file sizes so this is something to definitely look into. You may want to look into external hard drives as well.

    You might also want to consider, obviously the processor speed and type. The Intel i7 3.5 GHz processor is going to be able to process much more data at a time than the Intel i5 3.2GHz or 3.4 GHz. This means the pictures will also load faster and the edit time will be much faster.

    RAM is very important as well, although upgrading it is relatively cheap so I would wait to do that after purchasing your computer. This is one of the only things that can be upgraded after purchasing the computer so I wouldnt worry about this when buying from Apple. Just make sure the RAM you buy is the same as what the computer takes (1600MHz DDR3 RAM)

    I hope this helps!

    • Answered by Steve H from Cary
    • May 25, 2014