arg damn parents

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mrweirdo, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. mrweirdo macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2005
    well I was gona buy a macbook but now my parents wont let me. The problem I have is even though I have the money to buy one I dont have the credit car so I would have to use theres in order to order one. They want me to convince them a good reason for me needing a new computer.

    I told them that I need it for college next semister but that didnt seem to do any good. They seem to think my curent desktop pc is good enough.

    Its a custom built system:
    amd athlon 2100+ palomino
    768mb DDR PC 2110
    160gb segate IDE Hard Drive
    Asus A7N8X2.0 nforce2 mobo
    Ati Rage fury pro 23meg AGP
    Windows XP
    also has a nice short in it that causes it to reboot spontaniously lol.

    Any sugestions on what I can tell them the reason for needing a new comp? and on that note gtg for a bit
  2. chairguru22 macrumors 6502a

    May 31, 2006
    your PC definitely seems good enough for school so i think you might be out of luck there.
  3. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    Do you have a checking account? If so, get a check card and order it that way. Problem solved. It's your money.
  4. wronski macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2005
    Parents are always right. You should consider getting a credit card though.
  5. coal macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2005
    Portland, OR
    ...or just hold out until the semester starts.

    being a first year college student, you'll be absolutely inundated with credit card offers.

    (be careful though!:( )
  6. celebrian23 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    Under the sun
    It's best not to go against your parents wishes if it will create bad blood and you have a want not a need.
  7. wonga1127 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2006
    Wishing for a magic bus.
    I guess it depends on what its needed for. Word? No problem, CAD, Photoshop, etc., no dice.
  8. ManchesterTrix macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2005
    Tell them your desktop has a short that causes it to spontaneously reboot and you'd like to move to a laptop so you can make use of it at the library, class, kegger, etc.
  9. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Yes, be very careful.

    Even if you don't carry a balance on any of them (or even use them), having too many credit cards hurts your credit score.
  10. grockk macrumors 6502


    Mar 16, 2006
    I think your current setup is adequate for schoolwork. If you really need a certain program, you'd end up working in a computer lab 9/10 times.

    and even if your parents are wrong, you shouldn't be cursing them. I mean they are your parents!
  11. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    I'm sorry, but for college you must have a laptop. (Just show your parents this post.) :D
  12. count chocula macrumors 6502a

    count chocula

    Apr 7, 2006
    noun. a particular place or position
    maybe tell them that it would make your life alot easier to have something portable, that you could use at classes and other places inbetween classes. good luck!
  13. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    I agree with the laptop comments - portability is important. Desktop is nice, but you can't take it with you. You might also mention that you can still use the old monitor with your new laptop.

    Good luck,

  14. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    heres a plan ... if you're going to college you might be moving out, if you're moving out just do what you want come the fall and order it then. You can get a credit card or check card, do whatever you want.

    Either way, given the scenario, I would just wait until revision b anyway in the future. Maybe your parents will see you as more responsible then and less impatient.
  15. mrweirdo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2005
    Well it looks like they are going to allow me to get one. The only thing is they want me to allow my sis to use it too occasionally lol. I'm actually ok with that as long as she doesn’t scratch the heck out of it. I want to keep it looking purty ;)

    Ya I don’t yet have my own credit card even though I have already had plenty of offers because I've seen many of my friends get into finical troubles with them already so I'm holding off for the time being at least.

    I was planning on ordering it of Apples store site since it seems that stock is low in the stores in our area and was under the assumption that they will only accept credit or debit online.
  16. count chocula macrumors 6502a

    count chocula

    Apr 7, 2006
    noun. a particular place or position
    congrats! i would call your local apple store and find out if they have any in stock, waiting sucks (i'll be picking mine up from fedex on saturday when i'm back from vacation). also, i think they will allow you to do the credit plan there. i would be very surprised if that option isnt available in store.
  17. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Your desktop is adequate for your schoolwork. You should get that "short" fixed though (not really a short by the way, that word gets used MUCH too often by people). All that said, now that I have a laptop I can't imagine going back to just a desktop for college. Being able to take my laptop around campus and use it in labs and the library, etc is VERY helpful.

    EDIT: Guess I should have read the last two posts in the thread :eek:. Congrats on your new Mac!
  18. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    If your parents use XP, that comment may not hold a lot of water since they're likely used to having to reboot for no reason, with or without the short.

    All joking aside, I don't blame your parents for looking for some justification - a new computer is a significant investment, and they want to help insure you're spending what could amount to a large chunk of your college disposable income on a new computer.

    Outline your requirements - what you need to be able to do, why portability is important, etc. - and show them how several options map to those requirements. This will show them that you've thought it out, and that you're doing it for the right reasons. It may also help you make sure you're getting the right computer for your needs.


    Req't              MacBook     Refurb PB     Current System    Comments
    Portable              Y            Y                N          Bring to class for notes.
    Runs Photoshop        Y            Y                N          Design majors need PS
    Meets 4yr need        Y            N                N          Don't want to buy another
    Edit: Took so damn long making the table, your parents caved... :p
  19. Bubbasteve macrumors 65816


    Dec 23, 2004
    Charleston, IL
    As long as you live under their roof,they make the rules...sorry, but it's the truth
  20. wako macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005

    Tell them for me that they are idiots please...

    If you actually spend how much you can actually pay pack, obviously those kids do not understand what a credit card is and do not deserve one. It most definately is not free money.

    You seem like a bright person. Just get a credit card. Many banks have student account options, where they give you a credit card with a low credit line. Mine started out at $500 i know others that start at $200. Its pretty important to start earning credit when you are young so that you dont have to pay huge interest rates later on within a small amount of time when you get older to buy a house or a car.
  21. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Need or want?

    When my nephews went to college, I offered to purchase them an iMac or an iBook. Both choose iMacs for a variety of reasons one of which was security.

    Your desktop computer has plenty of power for Office type tasks (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations).

    Having said that, I realize that a laptop is very convenient. And as some others mentioned, waiting for revision B might be a good thing.

    So even though your parents have said okay, be sure that you need it now. Otherwise you might want to wait a bit for revision B or...
  22. chosenwolf macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2006
    Los Angeles
    If you have the money, why not go to the Apple Store and pay it off in cash?
  23. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    The specs of his pc will run cad and photoshop. I can also tell you that it'll run 3d studio max. Architecture was my major and my computer specs while running acad 2000 3dsm and ps 6 were more than fine...better than fine...amazing even.

    To the OP...just wait until school starts. You'd probably be better off...rev wise that is.
  24. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    OP doesn't need a Macbook.

    For college his current set up is just fine.

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