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  1. Yes, because as a new father, that's exactly what you want to do. Working more should be his priority at a time like this! I don't think it's the point Aaron is trying to make, I'm sure he can find some dollars somewhere, but why should he even have to do that? Why should he have to worry about losing his tools every month if a payment might come in late, or not at all? It's crazy. Fyi, I'm in pretty much exactly the same boat as him, I work freelance, have a young daughter, and I'm still on CS6.
  2. Where I live (Netherlands) it's €92,24 (around US$125) per month. Less if you want to pay per year, but that defies the point of the subscription model... In April of 2012 I upgraded the Production Premium suite from CS5.5 to CS6 for €362. That still works perfectly, it's paid for and I have no intention of 'upgrading' any time soon.
  3. I assembled a new computer for my office to use with CS6 last week, and while I haven't tested it thoroughly yet (will start doing that tomorrow) my first few dabbles in Ppro and AE are very promising. I got a GTX570 (this one) and I had a 240GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD lying around which is now the boot disk. It's connected to one of the SATA-600 ports on the mainboard and it just flies. I use the videocard hack with CS5.5 on my home computer ('only' a GTX460 in that one), I haven't tried it with CS6 yet. To be honest, I think the relatively small investment in for instance a GTX570 (one of the cheaper cards that's in Adobe's list I believe) would be well worth it. I bought a Quadro once but for what I do with it I thought it way too overpriced.
  4. I don't really understand what you're looking for, the only thing these laptops have in common is that they're all Vaios. And I have no experience with Sony, I also think they're overpriced (perhaps more so here in Europe). What's important to you, screen size? Resolution? Computing power? Portability? My walkaround-laptop is a 13" Asus UL30JT which I spiced up a bit with new RAM (8GB instead of the standard 4 it's dirt cheap these days) and a Seagate Momentus XT. It runs CS5.5 just fine. And 13" (1366*768) is enough screen for me, I don't want to lug another huge thing around all the time...
  5. After deactivating and uninstalling, did you run the CS3 and CS4 clean scripts? You might want to give those (both) a try.
  6. Funny, I was thinking of a young Thomas Gibson the whole time. Wonderful stuff, very impressive.
  7. When I go to build a new PC, I usually do a lot of research. As for the 8800GTX, they've been EOL for quite a while. Still, I think it's a pretty solid card and if it isn't the thing that's causing the BSODs then by all means keep using it. I found this interesting, though most of it pertains to gaming.
  8. Yeah, FAT32 is your problem. Convert it to NTFS via the command prompt, it should take a short while and you lose no data. Only problem is your Mac won't be able to write to it anymore. I had a similar problem last week and I ended up partitioning an external HDD and formatting one partition using FAT32 and the other one NTFS. It's a pain in the ass and I'd pay money for a better solution but I guess that would make things too easy.
  9. That's odd, I thought i7s used triple channel RAM as opposed to dual channel. I currently use a Core i7, 12GB RAM, 2x OCZ Vertex SSD in RAID0, extra HDD for files, NVidia Quattro FX card, and I have yet to run into trouble. I can only recommend selecting and building a system yourself, it's very cost effective and if you're a bit like me, fun .
  10. hfos

    intel i7

    I have a Core i7 on order: Intel Core i7 920 Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme-1366 RT Gigabyte GA-EX58-Extreme 6GB OCZ Intel i7 Triple Channel PNY Nvidia Quadro FX 3700 Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD642JJ LG GGW-H20L Lian Li V1000 (from an older computer) Cooler Master Silent Pro M600 (<- might get a 700W) Looks like a decent system on paper, I'm waiting on a couple of components before I can start assembly. I hear lots of positive things about windows 7b7000, so it's going to run the beta of that. I'm typing this on a quad core Xeon 3210, I'll try and render some stuff out when all is up and running...
  11. Yeah, I meant hardware-wise. I like to build, upgrade and repair my PCs myself, and tweak and overclock them as necessary. I do some Photoshop and AE work on a Dell Vostro 1000 , but most of the heavier stuff (and rendering, as you said) gets done on a two year old, slighty overclocked Xeon...
  12. Well, in that case why not wait a few weeks for a nice 17" MacBook Pro, it has nice specs and might last you another couple of years. Personally I prefer PCs, I think they're more flexible. I'm buying a Core i7 system right now, and I'm going to try the Windows 7 beta on it, I read a lot of positive things about it...
  13. I think it depends on your budget and how you use it. Considering your current computer is 3,5 years old I don't think upgradeability is one of your main concerns. I'm not a Mac user but if I had enough money to spend on a system I might go for one of those octo core Mac Pros, especially if I worked in a studio that's Mac based.
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