Advice needed urgently!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by crowdaddy, Jun 7, 2004.

  1. crowdaddy macrumors regular

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    #1
    Ok,

    I am at somewhat of a cross road. I am about to upgrade my PC desktop for my last year of private boarding high school. For college, which starts the fall of 2005, I am leaning towards a top of the line powermac with a PC laptop. But, now I have been given a good quote on an update for my current PC desktop with the following upgrades:

    Asus P4P800-VM Motherboard
    Intel 2.4 or 2.8 Ghz
    512 MB or 1GB PC2700 RAM
    ATX Mid tower case w/300W p4 powersupply
    Linksys Wireless G adapter

    Now, the question is do I put a LOT of money into this computer now and get a powerbook to go along with it in college (in fall of 2005, purchasing it spring 2005) -OR- do I put just the least amount of money and drop the Ghz to around 2.2 and purchase a top of the line powermac come spring of 2005.

    I need an opinion please I am stuck!
     
  2. crowdaddy thread starter macrumors regular

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  3. phonemonkey macrumors regular

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    If you're needing the mac right now, go with a powerbook they were just updated. However if you don't need it for another year I would wait until then. The models should be updated, prices may drop on current models, and you wont have to pay for the 10.4 upgrade that is imminent at the end of 2004.
     
  4. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a

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    My Solution

    Coming from a college freshman...
    I'd wait to buy/upgrade both... Prices always go down and speeds always go up, and you'll thank yourself when you get to college. Trust me, I waited til the last possible minute, and it got me a G5 :confused:

    Yours Truly,
    Rocksaurus
     
  5. crowdaddy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well what I am doing is going to put the extra money into the PC i have right now.

    It is gonna be a 2.8Ghz, 512 DDR 400 ram, 64MB PCI 9000 ATI (already had it), on a ASUS P4P800-VM motherboard with expandibility for a 3.4+ Ghz, so expandibility is not and issue. This is supposed to get me through the next 2 years of gaming. I am buying a mac next spring for college, and much to my dismay its looking like I will be getting a powerbook rather than a powermac...I really wanted the sheer power of the top of the line Powermac but I have just upgraded my computer that will last at least 2 years and I don't have a lot of money to throw around. An added benefit is that I can game on the PC for the 2nd year an have that Mac laptop, so i would have both of best worlds...
     
  6. Calvinatir macrumors 6502

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    I'll give you a good deal on PC parts if you would like..I have a Ti4600 AGP 4x graphics card (best of its time), better than your 9000 PCI card by FAR. I have other random parts you may need as well...the graphics one just more important for gaming...
     

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