I’m currently using a 2017 27" iMac 4.2Ghz Quad Core i7, Radeon Pro 580 8Gb graphics card and 64GB RAM, running OS Ventura, which is the last OS it will upgrade to.
In a position where I can, if I want to, upgrade my computer before my company financial year end at the end of the month.
If I buy new, it doesn’t seem to make sense to buy anything other than a new M2 Max Mac Studio, 12‑core CPU, 30‑core GPU, 16‑core Neural Engine, 32GB unified memory, 512GB SSD storage for £2100
Can I bring myself to drop £2k on a new machine when I may not particularly need to is the question.
Will I ever see the maximum benefit of that machine for SketchUp and Layout is another?
Or if I want to spend less, will I still see significant upside compared to present from spending £1400 on a refurbished 2022 Apple M1 Max chipped Mac Studio with 10-core CPU, 24 core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine, with 32GB RAM?
But then will I just kick myself in another year’s time that I didn’t spend the extra £700 to get the latest one?
I’ve got two very good screens that I’m running either side of my iMac, so there’s no additional hardware cost involved in going from iMac to the Mac Studio.
I’m not currently rendering my models other than with Styles and shadows, but I do want to learn, and Layout often drives me up the wall with the spinning beachball for the most simple tasks.
To be honest I’m just not sure whether I need, or want, to drop £2k on a new machine rather than taking it out of the business as personal income!
Questions, questions, in a quandry!
What would you do?!
But don’t bother with, ‘buy a PC’ as I have never used a Windows machine in my life and cannot find my way around them and am not about to start!