I was recently laid off from my job of nearly 14 years as a Photo Producer for Feld Entertainment. I've always wanted to work for myself, and now is my chance. I have the opportunity for a lot of freelance work, and have been accepted as a contributor for a magazine. My problem is that my 2012 Retina MacBook Pro needs to be updated. It can't keep up with the demands I've been placing on it.
I often work with large .psb files in Photoshop on really complex edits and have also been starting to edit video more often. I'll get into more specific requirements below.
Financially, I can't open any lines of credit and need to spend as little cash as possible. I have an open credit line at Adorama with a $2k credit at the moment. I could buy some parts from them and the rest from Amazon, etc., but I could buy a prebuild and add parts or upgrade. Please check these 2 machines and let me know if you think I could Hackintosh them out of the box with minimum additional upgrades, such as the wifi card, etc.
I think this is the best starting point:
Or maybe a Ryzen 7 to save a little more? I am a heavy Lightroom user so CPU performance is required for many functions,
Let me know if this or any others on Adorama might be a good starting point. An Intel processor would work just as well, but I should definitley go with an AMD graphics card, right? Here's some other requirements:
-I will add a second SSD for Windows, and plan to do a little gaming, but I'm not a big gamer. (I'd like both to me M.2 NvME)
-I'm thinking I'll add a decent size HDD and partition it for a couple uses (or some less expensive SSDs):
1.) Time Machine backup
2.) Clone of Primary drive when it's working so I always have an option if my primary gets messed up
3.) A drive to test OS updates
-Also, for main storage I plan to use 2 8TB drives in RAID one for cold storage of my life's work. It's all on portable drives now and I'm getting tired of them failing and replacing them.
-I want to add a Thunderbolt 3 card as I transfer large amounts of data very often. A day's photo shoot in RAW can easily be over 100GB.
-I want all Mac functions to work, including Bluetooth, WiFi, AirDrop, etc.
Please let me know what you think. They close for Passover after Wednesday.