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I need to upgrade my mac desktop.  My current computer is a mac osx 10.6.8.  I use my mac for website building (dreamweaver, photoshop, etc).  

Was hoping someone could give me some advice as to what to replace it with.  (Someone who does't make a commission off of a sale!)
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by:bas2754
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I guess the biggest question is do you want to remain with a Mac?  Are there any applications that are only available for a Mac?  If you are looking to move to a Windows platform, the two you mentioned by name have Windows versions.  If you want to move towards Linux, then I am afraid those programs are not natively supported.

So the first decision is whether to remain on a Mac platform or not.  Second is hardware.  If you are remaining with a desktop and are a hardcore Photoshop users then I would get a relatively fast SSD boot drive and perhaps a two disks in a RAID 0 for your system to run data and the scratch drive on.  Of course RAID 0 has no redundancy so a backup solution (online backup or external hard drive) is also a highly recommended add-on.  If you are not a hardcore Photoshop user then I would say either a single or mirrored SATA drives would do.

As to  RAM I would go for at least 8 GB and perhaps as high as 16 GB.  Again this may or may not be warranted, but if you are like most people, once a computer is purchased they tend to use it forever.

Processor I would look at a Core i5 or i7 and a dedicated video card in either case.

These are just some starting points.  If you have more specific questions, please share and I am sure we can narrow things down a bit more.
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by:strung
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You need to give us more information. OSX 10.6.8 is only the system software version. It tells us nothing about the model of the computer. Since you say a desktop, I assume it is an iMac and not a Mac Pro. But what model? How much RAM, how big a drive?

Why do you think you need to replace it? Maybe all you need to do is to upgrade the software to Mavericks, or add more RAM or a larger or faster drive.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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That's the OSX version I have on my MacBook Pro.  The current OSX version I believe is 10.9 and the place to get it is at the Apple store.  While you can get used Macs, you can't get the support elsewhere (that I know of).  While I am not particularly a Mac fan (I only have two old ones), the Apple store has taken good care of my Mac clients and kept them running.
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by:nsitedesigns
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In answer to first question, I am interested in a mac not a pc. I am finding alot of browsers are saying I need to upgrade to new browser but when I try, I can't because my system is too old.  My computer functions well.  I had to drop another couple thousand and let this one collect dust in my closet.  Didn't know I could upgrade to new software with old computer.  Is what I have really considered that old?

Here is the hardware info.  
  Model Name:      Mac Pro
  Model Identifier:      MacPro5,1
  Processor Name:      Quad-Core Intel Xeon
  Processor Speed:      2.4 GHz
  Number Of Processors:      2
  Total Number Of Cores:      8
  L2 Cache (per core):      256 KB
  L3 Cache (per processor):      12 MB
  Memory:      6 GB
  Processor Interconnect Speed:      5.86 GT/s
  Boot ROM Version:      MP51.007F.B03
  SMC Version (system):      1.39f11
  SMC Version (processor tray):      1.39f11
  Serial Number (system):      H0052016EUH
  Serial Number (processor tray):      J5050009RBH8B    
  Hardware UUID:      C411EF53-12D9-583C-8135-0A3AD9F5893A
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You can upgrade to the latest Mac OS for free. Here is how:  https://www.apple.com/osx/how-to-upgrade/
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You might want to increase your RAM while you are at it. That is probably not something you would want to tackle yourself, but you can probably get a quote from a local Mac repair shop to do it for you.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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What browser are you having a problem with?  You can't get the current version of Safari because Apple has tied it to the OS version.  But I have OSX 10.6.8 and I have the current versions of Firefox and Chrome and they update just fine.
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by:Alan Henderson
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Apple overcharge for RAM. If you wish to buy compatible modules and do the job yourself this thread tells you what to do:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1764867

It's really easy.
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by:strung
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Alan Henderson is quite right. I had misread the specs to say you had an iMac when in fact you have a Mac Pro.  Here are instructions (with pictures) for replacing memory in a Mac Pro:  https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Memory+%28FB-DIMMs%29+and+Memory+Riser+Cards+%28Early+2008%29+Replacement/25937
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