Junkies Stole My Parents PC, what is the best mac for them?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ieani, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. ieani macrumors 6502a

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    'tis true. Well the police suspect it was junkies looking for quick cash. I dont live in the greatest neighborhood in cleveland and when I went to take a shower yesterday during halftime of a world cup game they came in through the window grabbed the tower and monitor only, not the cords, router or modem and took off. :mad: My three dogs, one geratric, one a puppy, and one loopy because shes on benedryll for allergies were not much help. :eek:

    Anyways, they will be getting a check from the insurance company in the range of $500 -$800(the pcs worth after running the insurance companies gauntlet) and cannot really afford to spend too much beyond that on a simple mac that will do internet, email...the basics.

    I thought an iMac g5 or g4 would be ideal. Or a mac mini would be very cost effective.
     
  2. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    I'm going to college in cleveland...I'm scared! :eek:

    Anyways, I think the imac is easily overkill for their needs
     
  3. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Mac mini Core Solo with 1GB of RAM and a decent 17" monitor would easily fit in your budget and be sufficient I think.
     
  4. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    A G4 eMac can be had from the Apple refurb section for $569 + tax.
    A Mac mini refurb is only $519 + tax combined with a cheap monitor for an extra $100-$150.
    A refurb 17" iMac G5 is $999 + tax.

    I would go for the eMac myself. I had two of them for quite some time. They are great little machines.
     
  5. csubear macrumors 6502a

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    What part of cleveland? I grew up there ;)

    That sucks. I guess for that amount of cash you could get a new mini+moniter.

    But i would go with the refurbed imac, at 999 you can't beat it.

    Cleveland State, Case, or some where in the suburbs?

    I'm a Cleveland State alumni. I wouldn't be too scared if your living downtown. Downtown is alot safer than it used to be, and still way safer than east cleveland.
     
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  7. ieani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    West Blvd. area, on a street off lorain. Its the first time this has happened in 20 years but the neighborhood has been in decline the past 5 years. They will be moving to wadsworth or fairlawn in a year or so to get away from the city.
     
  8. csubear macrumors 6502a

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    Don't mean to thread jack, but...

    Case's campus is really nice. Really great school, great enginnering program. I really wanted to go to Case, but ended up at CSU because that all I could afford :(. The only thing I didn't like where the dorms. Your room is about as big as a walk-in closet.


    Yeah thats ture... I had a friend who lived out that way.

    I lived in lakewood for most of my time at Cleveland State, and I loved it. Its close to downtown, safe, and cheap :D
     
  9. iris_failsafe macrumors 6502

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    a mac mini and a cheap LCD from Samsung for example can do the trick...
    The mac mini is small and wont get much attention. I suggest you buy an intel mac... its the present and the future...
     
  10. csubear macrumors 6502a

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    I might also suggest investing in a lock, I'm pretty sure that both the mac mini, and imac can be locked up using a laptop lock.
     
  11. strydr macrumors 6502

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    Sorry to hear about the loss..
    If you get the mini, consider getting one of those mounting setups. Mount the Mini under the desk, out of sight.

    http://123macmini.com/accessories/
     
  12. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Sorry to hear about the theft of your parent's PeeCee. Although, since it allows them to get a Mac, it was probably a good thing to have happened. That said, I would suggest having them go with a used iMac G5 (since they need both a new computer and a new monitor).
     
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    Cleveland sucks! Seriously, I visited there from Philly for a few days, and on a typical friday evening they had signs for things like "Menopause, The Musical", sold things like "Philadelphia Steak and Cheese" (WHT?!), and there was no more than 10 people all around us (we were in downtown cleveland). I seriously thought there was something wrong...but I'm happy to hear about your loss, cuz now you're getting a mac!!! :D ;) :eek:

    I'd go with a refirb mac mini solo. It's a great machine for word processing, and it'll even handle DVD creation at times...and spend the rest on an LCD and keyboard/mouse.
     
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    Go with an eMac. Frackin™ junkies will have a hell of a time lugging one of those while running.
     
  17. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    Seriously, get an eMac. Everything else is overkill. It will do everything they need it to. And, if you parents only get $500 from the insurance co., it may be the only option especially when they see they can get a Dell and 17" LCD for $400.
     
  18. ieani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well they made their decision. They are going to be getting the stock lowend macbook as they really like the idea of being able to use it on the couch or in bed and its also less noticeable and takes up less space.

    This is all mainly because theyve loved using my macbook pro during the past week.
     
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  20. Ninja_Turtle macrumors 6502

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    a mac mini and just score an ok monitor


    itll be around 800-900 with tax and everything, and thats not including ur RAM stick, i remember i was buying a mac mini (didnt end up buying one cuz compusa didnt have one on STOCK!!! oh well things happen for a reason) but i was getting my mac mini g4 with a 17 inch ctr and it was comming out to 849$ with no insurance and same 256ram
     
  21. ieani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My mom brought up Dell today but no worries, I quickly thwarted that one with the mention of us being being able to video chat when im at college(yeah right! but she doesnt know that :) ) as well as reinstating not needing to worry about viruses, not having to do a complete reinstall to get rid of trial software, and that macs come with more and better software.
     

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