Computer for college

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by falcon1, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. falcon1 macrumors regular

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    What computer would fit more for a college student that is at home for the first couple years then going off? My sister is starting college next year and she wants a mac but doesn't know which would be the best idea.
     
  2. Chundles macrumors G4

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    If she wants total portability - MacBook with 1GB+ of RAM

    If she wants bang for her bucks - iMac

    However, since she is going next year, why not wait the 4 months till MWSF - then you can order the latest and greatest in time for her starting about 2 months after the show.
     
  3. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a

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    Macbooks are great and portable. But since she's staying at home (I'm guessing, commuting to school?) maybe the iMac if she doesn't plan on using her laptop while on campus.
     
  4. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    yeah, if she wants portability, I'd suggest the Macbook, though I'd wait a bit for Rev B since she doesn't quite need it yet. The MBs are great machines - just make sure you up the RAM to a gig (probably enough for her regular usage.. if she's doing anything heavier like Photoshop and the like, then I'd suggest more).

    if she doesn't need portability, then the iMac is a better bang for your buck.. and she could go ahead and get that now and rest easy, since they were just released.
     
  5. falcon1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    She going to get it sometime next year. She is going to a community school for a year maybe two and the school is 30 mins away from us then shes going to a regular 4 year school away from home.
     
  6. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Well, by "sometime" next year I presume "early" next year. She may be able to get whatever's released at Macworld San Francisco (January) in time for the start of Uni (February/March).

    If she wants to be able to use it everywhere, get a MacBook, if not, get an iMac - this one's easy.
     
  7. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    like everyone else is saying, the MacBook is good for portability and the iMac is good if she's never going to take it anywhere.
     
  8. briantology macrumors 6502

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    What if someone wanted both?
     
  9. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Then get a brand new iMac and a second hand iBook/PowerBook. You'll have the grunt when you need it and the portability when you want it.
     
  10. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    that's sorta what i have... i just ordered an imac for the grunt and still kept my PB for portable stuff...
     
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    2 computers is not the way to go if someone is not technology savvy. Transferring files is not hard, but it can get annoying. Just get a Macbook and I'm sure she'll be happy.
     
  12. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a

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  13. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    :p

    wow - i wonder how many they actually sell! can you just imagine whipping out your Mac Pro and a 20" ACD in class... hahaha

    "whatdoya mean it's not portable?! iLugger says it is!"
     
  14. briantology macrumors 6502

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    Funny. Because that's EXACTALY what I plan on doing. 20" iMac and a 1.2GHz 12" iBook. I want a laptop, but I want it to be smaller and not have to worry about it as if it were my only comp. I think I'm going to wait till Tuesday and see if there is something else worth getting though...

    BTW, do iMacs and Mac Pros BOTH fall under the "desktop" category for the educational discount? It appears as if they do, but they aren't the same and I'm pretty sure it used to be different. Does anybody know?
     
  15. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    I believe they do. They certainly both fall under the edu discount.. what would it matter about what category? For purchasing limits?
     
  16. briantology macrumors 6502

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    Yea, purchasing limits.
     
  17. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    If you plan to share this computer at all while it's at home definitely go for a well equipped iMac Core Duo 2. with 2 GB RAM and preferably with the 256MB VRAM upgrade.
    The iMac is also a better choice if you plan to run games or partition the HD
    for Windows.
    It has a larger and faster 250 GB 7200RPM SATA HD, where the Macbook
    comes stock with a 5400 RPM 60 GB HD.

    The Macbooks are fantastic for portability, but you have limited storage without
    an external HD.

    If your sister is not leaving for a while yet, that actually works in your favor.
    By next year the notebooks will not only be more powerful, but should run considerably cooler and have better battery life once the 45 nm Penryn chips are released and they'll come with Leopard pre-installed.
     
  18. x704 macrumors regular

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    That's what I did too... I just bought a 17" "Core 2 duo" iMac and have bought a refurb iBook a year or so ago. I love both and don't intend to get rid of any....

    I am sorta stocking up on stuff before I goto college full time.. not too long ago I bough a used honda civic and new tires and an iMac and I already have a iBook. Lol, now all I have to do is goto school :) .
     
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  20. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Strategy

    Get a well equipped 20" iMac that everyone in the family can enjoy.

    Next year when you head off to school, they keep the iMac and get you
    a new improved MacBook or MacBook Pro. :D
     
  21. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a

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    30 mins is a good distance to have to drive. I'm sure she will probably need the resources provided by the school like the library. As a college student I started out with a desktop, but I could not be without a notebook. They really are essential for taking notes, doing research in the library, taking it to meetings for projects with classmates. It really is essential. My roommate gets along with a desktop PC (I think it's a Pentium 3 with 128 mb ram haha), but he is one of those people that really needs to be at a desk.
     
  22. HarrySlone macrumors newbie

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    Being a college student, i would sugest getting a portable. For the library, meeting with groups, and general having your own computer around. If they are just writing papers and using the internet, then go for the macbook. If you do need the extra power, for photoshop or final cut or something of the like, then I would sugest going for the macbook pro. I would think the cheapest model would do.
     

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