I Wanna buy a Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sb58, May 18, 2006.

  1. sb58 macrumors 6502a

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    I want to buy a Mac... it'll be my first one ever. i wanted to know what would be a nice starting kinda thing... i was mainly looking for cheap, but decent. any suggestions?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Good stuff, (nearly) welcome to Macs. :)

    A few questions, do you want a desktop or a laptop. I started my Mac affairs with an iBook G4, which was perfect for me at the time. Do you want new or used? Will this be your primary computer? :)
     
  3. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    Go for the lastest model eMac. They are not sold in the stores any longer but I believe they are still sold for educational institutions so you can prolly get one from somewhere. Or maybe an excellent condition used eMac from ebay, look for the 1.42GHz model and look for one with extra RAM maybe with 768Mb.
     
  4. mac4drew macrumors regular

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    Obviously, if you're interested in buying one that runs windows as well, you'll have to get a relatively new intel one, in which case probably the only choice as a first, cheap mac is the intel mini, maybe you can get a refurb one at the Apple Store Online.
     
  5. sb58 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How's this seem for a Mac Mini:

    Mac mini 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo
    Part Number: Z0D1
    Intel GMA950 with 64MB shared memory
    Accessory kit
    Mac OS X - U.S. English
    1GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x512
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    100GB Serial ATA drive

    Estimated Total: $1,005.94

    eh?
     
  6. zap2 macrumors 604

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    The Mac Mini would be a very fast Mac, and i doubt you would be using an PPC only Apps(so your Apple will use the intel chips speed very well, but have your condsider a used Mac?

    You could look at the MR market place or Apple refub, since you will not be using an high powered apps, a iMac G5 might be good for you. But the intel is nice, but G5 are very cheap now
     
  7. mac000 macrumors 6502a

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    What you should do is get a MacBook or Macbook Pro. You will have a laptop, and the BEAUTY of it is, you can connect a display to your MacBook or MacBookPro, close the lid, connect a keyboard & mouse (cable or bluetooth) and have a "desktop" set up as well.

    very nice. I would recommend the new MacBook. Just spend a little more ( upgrade Harddrive & Ram ) , it will last you a VERY long time.
     
  8. Mammoth macrumors 6502a

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    Get a 2.0Ghz Macbook and upgrade the RAM and Hard drive yourself.
     
  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Right... a newbee should rush right out and buy an new machine then mod it with a new hard drive... :rolleyes:
     
  10. sb58 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    why didn't u say that an hour ago when you were here?:p

    but yeah i'll look at that stuff too
     
  11. lonegeek macrumors member

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    For another 95 dollars you can get a refurbished iMac (new intel version) ...
    If you spend another 295 you get a new iMac.....

    17inch monitor(which basically makes price differnence), better video card, faster processor, bigger hard drive, mouse and keyboard
     

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