Desktops...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kingcrowing, Dec 23, 2005.

  1. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a

    kingcrowing

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    well, I'm gonna have ~$2500 in january to buy a new mac or two, I'd like to get a laptop and desktop. Now dont tell me to wait, I dont care too much about intel, but I'm not afraid to get a Rev. A (and I wont have all the $$ untill around Jan 10th anyways). I'm a pretty light user (I'm use my computer a lot so I want to get something I'll be happy with though) I do internet, chatting, office, movies, and some occasinal photoshoping... So I'm kinda considering all the options at this point, but I want to get something from apple (either new or refurb) and I do get the student discount if I go the new route. I have a 17" Dell CRT, so that is an option if I get a desktop, also I have a 160GB SATA HD and 2x256MB of PC3200 RAM if I get a powermac G5 as well.
    so I could get a powermac G5 refurb (the new powermacs use DDR2 so I wouldnt be able to use my RAM...) they've had single 1.8GHz Rev. Bs for $1100 and then get an external 20" LCD (Apple, I really would prefer an apple LCD over Dell or someone else if I am buying one)
    I could also buy a Dual 2GHz (2xprocessor, not dual core) for $1500 on refurb and use my Dell CRT.
    I could buy a mac mini+23" ACD (I'd love all the screen space, and I'm just not sure I need the power of a G5, and then maybe in January the minis will be better...)
    I could get a iMac G5 20" the newest revision, and then get a 1GB stick of RAM for like $60
    however, since I would like to also get a laptop with that $2500, I was thinkign I could get a 12" powerbook+23" ACD, but for some reason I dont know as I'd like a laptop+external display...
    well what would you guys think? and remember, I cant spend all that $$ on just a desktop because I do need a laptop, I was thinking of getting a refurb iBook G4 12" once the intels come out if I decide to get a desktop, but its always an option to get like a 17" powerbook and use it for both, cause I dont need a lot of portability...
     
  2. Lacero macrumors 604

    Lacero

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    I'd go with a 12" or 13.3" :) iBook for portability and general surfing and emailing, and a refurbished PowerMac G5 dual 1.8 or 2.0 for general purpose computing and as the primary computer.

    January 10 is a good deadline, since MWSF starts a day earlier, I believe.

    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
     
  3. crazysaxchris macrumors member

    crazysaxchris

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    I'm with you I'm waiting till January to buy my mac mini Intel!

    Good Luck!
     
  4. zap2 macrumors 604

    zap2

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    12'' intel iBook-800-1000 USD
    iMac G5 17'' with like a 1gb of RAM
    Your set
     
  5. wwooden macrumors 68000

    wwooden

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    As you can see, I have a set up very similar to what you describe. It really is perfect for me, the PB is super small and light and the iMac has plenty of power when I am home. If I had extra money I would maybe bump it up to a 20" iMac , but that would be the only change.
     
  6. biohazard6969 macrumors 6502a

    biohazard6969

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    definitely go with a niiccccce iMac, they're great computers and will be powerfull enough for what you need, then you could go with a refurb iBook to cut the costs a bit, or go with the rev A intels
     

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