How long should I wait to buy???

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Jayrod, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. Jayrod macrumors regular

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    I am in the market for a new desktop. I am not in the market for an iMac because it is not really upgradable. I hear that in August, the new desktop macs (power mac) will be unveiled. But according to macrumors, it doesn't look like they will be all that powerfull... not much faster than the macbook pro. I also heard that in January, mac will be releasing desktops with intel's new "woodcrest" chips that are supposed to be just amazing. I eventually will need a new laptop too - however what I have now will suffice for the immediate future (I have a G4 powerbook). I will be using the desktop for mainly video editing and gaming. What do you all think I should do??? Just get the power mac in August, or try my best to wait patiently until January for the supposed woodcrest chip macs? Or maybe if the power macs that are supposedley to come out in August aren't all that great, tide over my urge for a new computer by replacing my powerbook (which I'll be doing soon anyway) and getting a macbook pro. Then in January when the woodcrest chipsets come out, get one of those power macs.... oh, the options!!
     
  2. Topono macrumors member

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    I say wait until the Mac Pros come out in August/September and buy away. The Mac Pros will be more powerful than the MBPs, that is for sure. Also, be sure to remember that Apple is the company, Mac is the product.;)
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  4. slackersonly macrumors 6502a

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    iMacs are upgradable with some extra hassle.
    I have a buddy who has "upgraded" 3 times.
    Ebay old model. Buy new.
    I wonder if Apple goes to shorter product cycles if this idea will become more difficult but it has worked wonders for him so far.
     
  5. JosiahPB macrumors regular

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    Just make sure that when you are ready...you are truly in love with the computer. It's a very important part of you life that you can't get back...
     
  6. codo macrumors 6502

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    Eh?
     
  7. CNU182 macrumors regular

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    that's kinda creepy.
     
  8. CEAbiscuit macrumors 6502a

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    I get where you are going joke wise but.. I agree, creepy.
     
  9. Jayrod thread starter macrumors regular

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    Maybe once you invest in something like that, the money is gone. so make sure when you spend that kind of dough, its the type of investment you're going to be happy with for a long time...
     
  10. djkny macrumors 6502

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    Wait until next Tuesday, July 25. That's exactly 14 days from the WWDC announcement date, and within the 14-day policy of return/upgrade from the Apple Store.
     
  11. ironic23 macrumors 6502

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    Just hold your horses for a bit more and wait till WWDC. I really hope that something spectactular is released then. MacPros with the new processors would be great.
     
  12. jdl8422 macrumors 6502

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    Wait.. What does that mean? If they upgrade after you buy you get a return? what is going on?
     
  13. codo macrumors 6502

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    He means if you buy the MacBook then, you will be entitled to return it within 14 days (2 weeks) to Apple without having to have a reason. So, you could in theory, return the old MacBook, get a refund, and purchase the new updated one if such a product is released.
     
  14. seany916 macrumors 6502

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    Jayrod,

    Rest assured the Mac Pro will be very, very powerful. I doubt you'll need more than it will provide. If you need portability, the next revision of the MBP should be great (Merom). If you have the $, get the top end Mac Pro now & get the MBP when the 2nd iteration of Merom is released (Santa Rosa) sometime in the middle of 2007.

    Sept. 2006 Mac Pro (you'll be able to upgrade the graphics card in the future, best expandability of the line)

    Mid-2007 Macbook Pro (Santa Rosa platform)
    hopefully with flash memory, the new wireless standard, and fewer issues than the current ones, though the people I know that have them really like them and no real issues... I find them to be unbearably hot though. (I hear that notebooks aren't going to get much cooler, just faster... but I have nothing to back that up, just what I keep hearing)

    good luck. your PB should last you until about this time next year. use the Mac Pro for the serious lifting. the MBP should be bulletproof by then
     

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