Need Help Deciding What to Get

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MrMan112, Jan 21, 2007.

  1. MrMan112 macrumors member

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    I bought a Powerbook G5 about 2 years ago. It currently has a few problems: 1. It runs rather slow. Programs take a long time to load. Even Firefox and Safari seem to run slow, and I get the beach ball alot there.

    2. A piece of the plastic trim broke off at one of the corners, leaving a rather unattractive hole in the PB (I repaired this with a dental material).

    3. The latch is broken. The hook comes down, but the piece its supposed to lock on broke off.

    Unfortunately, I don't have Apple Care, and even if I were to send it in and pay the flat rate, they would probably question the hole.

    I think a new machine would be my best option. I use my laptop for mainly word processing, internet, music and photo editing (Photoshop of Aperture).

    What laptop would be my best bet?

    Also, I am possibly replacing my 6 year old Dell desktop (which makes my decision harder because I like having a desktop and laptop, but will have to sepnd alot to have that again). I am considering a 20 inch iMac for this purpose.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    You could try adding more RAM to the machine which would make it run better. But for Aperture you are probably best off with an MBP 15", you can buy a large display and then you'll be able to use one computer at home and on the road.
     
  3. MrMan112 thread starter macrumors member

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    I didn't even consider getting a monitor. Great idea.
     
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    15" MacBook Pro + external monitor.


    A MacBook won't run Aperture well enough without a video card, although it'll run Photoshop just fine (um....or at least when CS3 is released and it goes Universal). :)
     
  5. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, PhotoShop is ridiculously slow on the Intel Macs at the moment, as it's all emulated under Rosetta.

    Also, I don't think Aperture will even run on the MacBook as it requires a dedicated graphics card (something the MacBook doesn't have).

    MacBook Pro is your best option, especially if you're upgrading from a PowerBook G5
     
  6. Jasonbot macrumors 68020

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    :eek: DAMN, PowerBook G5 from where. Is it some beta prototype or what. pics? I'll buy it from you :p
     
  7. zap2 macrumors 604

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    MacBook Pro 15'' No doubt...get 2Gb of RAM and a nice external display and your set!
     
  8. MrMan112 thread starter macrumors member

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    :rolleyes: Powerbook G4.
     

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