Mac(s) for college

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  1. Bubbasteve macrumors 65816

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    I'm moving into college in about 15 days and I currently own a year old 15 inch 1.5 ghz Powerbook. Lately I have been eying the 17 inch (but I haven't completely ruled out the 20) iMac. I figure I could bring both to college. I'm majoring in Computer Information Systems in college (if that means anything at all to the topic). My question to you all is, would it be really unnecessary to get the iMac since I still have a relatively new Powerbook? I would really want/need the iMac for the multiple video conferencing capabilities...well to host them at least.
     
  2. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020

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    If it were my money, I'd pick up a used iMac or iBook to use strictly as a "backup" machine. Being a CS student myself, I couldn't survive on one machine alone. If my Powerbook were to go down, I've got a PC to fall back on.

    Just a thought.
     
  3. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Well, the more Macs the merrier. :D
    But your PowerBook G4 should be suffice.
     
  4. prostuff1 macrumors 65816

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    2 macs are always better then 1. :)

    I am leaving for college this fall and i am planning on getting two macs. the low end iBook and a 17in superdrive iMac. That way if one decides to take a $*** then i have one to fall back to.
     
  5. wako macrumors 65816

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    You are majoring something in the computer field, yet you don't have a PC? In most colleges I've heard, if you are going to major anything dealing with computers, you need a PC...


    I would actually advise you to actually call up a professor there in the department and ask for recommendations. One of my friends that attends to University of Maryland actually had to switch to a PC because in one of the classes, quizes were given on a software that was only compatible with PCs. Lucky for him he was a Linux wiz, so his computer was already x86 :)
     
  6. Bubbasteve thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well if thats the case then I am gonna drop my major
    :rolleyes:
     
  7. joecool85 macrumors 65816

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    Well, it totally depends on what you are doing. A CS major, normally a PC thing. I'm in New Media, also a "computer oriented" major, but you basically have to have a mac!
     
  8. MacHarne macrumors 6502

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    I will have to second this apprehension. To be in CS, it is quite crucial to have as many resources as possible, in the realm of computing. I have a friend who has a PC, Mac, and a Linux box for his CS major; and it's not uncommon for these students to solely have PCs.

    Honestly, check out a cheap PC (or homemade... in 15 days) instead of that iMac. Your PowerBook is certainly no less a powerful machine, so I wouldn't be concerned on that front. Having an iMac G5 for the multi-iSighting may be nice, but I would consider a tight budget once you settle into the collegiate atmosphere of penny-pinching.
     
  9. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    Most likely, you will have access to other PC's on campus via public computer labs. At my university, there is a lab in the basement of every residence hall, plus 10-15 on campus. While you may need access to other machines, I highly doubt you need to own two machines. Don't waste your money.

    BTW, I'm a CIS minor.
     
  10. Bubbasteve thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I was thinking that I could just access some of the PC machines from the computer lab. It wouldn't be a matter of wasting my money because I can afford an iMac and half enough money left for the school year. I contacted the Tech office of my college and told them my dilemma and have yet to hear back from them.
     
  11. zulgand04 macrumors regular

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    Hey im actually majoring in the same exact major @ Westeren New England College. I wasin the same problem last year and ended up getting a dell laptop, and brought my iMac FP too. It worked out alot better, mainly because you will run into courses that will require software that are windows only :(. Thoughyou can find work arounds for it but i would recomend haveing a pc based compter. In the end i do use my mac alot more but did end up useing the pc for several class' i took.

    now in a few years we won't have the problem of haveing two diffrent sytems .

    -Neal
     
  12. wPod macrumors 68000

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    i think your PB is fine. you dont need to upgrade or change that. if you want the poer then go for the iMac as well. i never have any complaints about more power, as long as you can afforad it. remeber in college you will have a new expense of alcohol. . . lots and lots of it. . . well that is if you really end up enjoying college!!! but i guess not everyone is like me.
     
  13. Bubbasteve thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Maybe I should just wait for the intel iMac to be released (or intel Powermac pending on the price) so I couldd dual boot. Do you think that this will definitely be possible...what am I saying, it's only definite when it's released. I really don't want to get a PC but if I have to then I guess I have to :mad:
     
  14. zulgand04 macrumors regular

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    thats what im going to do, once they come come out in the laptop form, save some room in the cramped dorms. I belive that dureing MWDC they did say that you will not stop the ability to dual boot windows/mac. That will definatly be my next computer just have to wait and see what they realse and when.

    -Neal
     
  15. ph0rk macrumors 6502

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    This may sound like heresy, but if CIS is where you're headed, I'd recommend an XP pro machine as a second machine. You're not that likely to end up working in an all-mac shop, unfortunately. (Plus your professors might be pc-based, or use pc-based tools.)
     
  16. Mord macrumors G4

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    usually CS cources are *nix based and java/C/various programing languages, i know a fair few people who take a CS major who only have macs, it's not a problem, if i were you i'd put some distro of linux onto your powerbook (you'd have to format the whole drive and repartition)
     
  17. ph0rk macrumors 6502

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    CS != CIS, at least where I'm from. I think CIS is pretty similar to MIS
     
  18. Bubbasteve thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I went to a local apple Store and their iPod genious sold me on the iMac even more. He said that the majority of the CIS programs can be found for a Mac and if not then he suggested I get Virtual PC or just save my money and go to the Computer Lab. Do you think he was just trying to win me over by saying that the majority of the CIS programs can be found on for a Mac? To you all that have Virtual PC, how does it run on a G5?
     
  19. sahnert macrumors 6502

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    same topic different question

    i was about to post a similar question when I found this discussion. Maybe someone has thoughts. I have a rev a 12" pb that I have used at school for the last two years. I'm not ready to shell out for a brand new lappy, especially given the imminence of the intel Macs. I was thinking i could pick up either the new mini or an eMac and have both a desktop and laptop at school.
    For those of you with two Macs: how do you organize all of your stuff? do you sync the two Macs regularly so you have all your email/music/files on both?
    I mostly want something that will run a little snappier that my two-year-old pb for doing music software like Sibelius and maybe get into Logic. But I'll probably spring for a new pb when they get intel inside.

    any thoughts/suggestions would be great

    thanks
     
  20. Mord macrumors G4

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    i'd just stay with your powerbook untill intel powerbooks are out then sell it and get one of those.
     
  21. wako macrumors 65816

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    I dont think waiting for a Intel Mac is a good idea. Especially since we don't have any clue what will happen when you try to dual boot. For one thing Apple is obviously not going to make drivers for their systems to boot on Windows. You might find yourself booting up windows but not able to do anything on it.


    As a computer major I really do not think you need a super beefy system. You can probably get some cheap used old system for 200 bucks that might be 1 year old. Might not be top of the line, if ever, but as long as it runs the applications you will need in the future it will be great.


    By now havent you already registered for your classes though? I know as a Freshman myself entering in college I registered for my classes 2 months ago and already know what professors I will have and all that jazz. You should definately try contacting those professors and asking them what they perfer.


    As a switcher myself though Ill be bringing my 12'' PB and my Shuttle system. I have yet to know what to expect for myself, but atleast I'll be prepared on both fronts.


    My best advise to you right now is to wait it out right now. Hold off on the iMac and see if you will need a PC system. If you don't, do whatever you want and get your iMac :)

    OR you can skip out on the 20'' iMac, get the cheaper version of the 17'' iMac, take the money you saved and get a really cheap dell system. Ive seen lately some dell laptops sell for about 400 bucks and full systems (monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc) sell for 600. So just play with the numbers if you absolutely want/need both.
     

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