PC user looking to convert...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Woody56292, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. Woody56292 macrumors newbie

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    Alright, I am convinced. Macs look cooler, run faster, and perform better than Windows; however, which one should I get?
    I am a internet junkie ( use firefox )
    Media user ( podcasts, music, videos )
    and occassional pc gamer ( must be able to run spore at least )
    I have never upgrade a pc before ( always buy a new one ) so upgrading probably isn't a factor. (although the mac pro makes it look so easy, I might start)
    I travel to my dad's house every weekend, so I would like it to be somewhat portable. ( also travel alot )
    so I am at a bind... should I get a 24" iMac ( because I don't have an HDtv, and would to use it as a tv and to play my xbox 360 on )
    or should I get a macbook ( or macbook pro )...
    can someone offer me assistance in finding the right mac for me, and also what upgrades I should get? ( maxed out 24" is kinda expensive, wanna know what upgrades I would have to make )

    also, I know I am going to be flamed for this, but will a Mac be able to dualboot vista? only reason I ask is because I like some of its 360 features. ( although probably won't do much good without tv tuner )

    thanks in advance for all the help.[​IMG]
     
  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    If you're planning on traveling a good bit then you should get a MacBook or MacBook Pro. That only makes sense. As to which one ... well, that's up to you. The MacBook is a fine machine and is priced very attractively. Not too sure how the video card is (I hear it'll play most games decently).
     
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  4. Woody56292 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok now that I have heard from the peanut gallery....[​IMG]

    anyways... to respond to the other person.
    But what about 24". As much as I try to convince myself I should get a laptop, the new imac doubling as my tv/monitor is too great a temptation.

    Macbook/Pro users... care to comment? How is it for traveling? ( plane rides, car rides, general around the house )
    How long does it last before you have to recharge?
    Can I use it as a tv/monitor? ( even though it would be much smaller, and have to have clunky tv tuner on the side )
     
  5. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    It really comes down to how much portability you need. If you need a lot then you need a portable. On the other hand, if you just want to move it around occasionally an iMac is a better machine. There is quite a size differential between a Macbook and a 24" iMac. How about a 17" iMac? Easily transportable if you save the box (although I wouldn't take it on a plane).
     
  6. Woody56292 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well yeah but I am looking at either ultra portable 13" imac ( fully loaded except for 80gb harddrive )
    or a monitor for my 360 that also doubles as a flippin sweet pc.[​IMG]
    edit: oops called it a pc, I mean mac.
    and the iMac would be almost maxed out. $3384 vs $1897 macbook.
    I can't decide. =*(
     
  7. Chundles macrumors G4

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    You'd need to add a clunky TV tuner to the iMac too - it has no video inputs. There are TV tuners with the ability to plug a console into them but there is quite a bit of lag as the tuner decodes and recodes the signal.

    You can't plug a 360 into the iMac.
     
  8. Woody56292 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    you just ruined my day.[​IMG]
    oh well, then I guess it is the macbook for me.
    is this good enough for my use?
    Apple Wireless Keyboard M9270LL/A 1 $59.00
    Apple wireless Mighty Mouse MA272LL/A 1 $69.00
    MacBook 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo - White Z0D5 1 $1,897.00
    Apple Mini-DVI to VGA Adapter 065-6504
    SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW) 065-6231
    Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English 065-6235
    2.0GHz Intel Core Duo 065-6307
    60GB Serial ATA drive 065-6226
    iWork '06 preinstalled 065-6292
    2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x1GB 065-6305
    Accessory Kit 065-6313
     
  9. Woody56292 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    wait so I can't use a vga adapter?
     
  10. Chundles macrumors G4

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    EDIT - poorly explained.

    The VGA adapter you can purchase from Apple is designed to let those people who own a second monitor with a VGA input to use that monitor in conjunction with the screen on an iMac or MacBook. You plug the adapter into the mini-DVI out on the MacBook or the iMac and plug the second monitor into the adapter and voila - you now have two screens for more desktop space.

    No Mac with a built-in screen has the ability to use that screen to display anything except what the computer is out-putting to that screen. You can plug in a USB TV tuner to watch TV but you can't plug an external video source in and use the built-in screen as a monitor.
     
  11. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    If you want portability, get a laptop. Since you mentioned playing a few games on it, I'd recommend a MacBook Pro. They will most likely be updated here soon, so if you can wait, you may wanna give it a couple of weeks and see if they are updated.

    If you want a monitor to play your 360 on, you could probably pick up a Dell 2007WFP. (20" Widescreen LCD) I'm pretty sure that you can hook up a 360 to that. Plus, you could use it as an external display for your MacBook Pro.
     
  12. Mav451 macrumors 68000

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    I think it's time we make that part of the standard emoticons, but maybe that's just me.
     
  13. Woody56292 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    are macbooks ( regular ) not good enough for gaming?
    I liked how small the macbooks are and the pros seemed like more stuff than I would need. ( and pretty expensive )
     
  14. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Depending on what your gaming needs are but I would say generally not.

    The MacBook Pro, with it's dedicated graphics, is more suitable for game-play.
     
  15. Woody56292 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    alright well what if we eliminated gaming as an option.
    would a macbook be more cost-effective then. ( wouldn't a macbook pro just be too much for what I would need )[​IMG]
     
  16. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    Unless you care about gaming or a few other 3D intensive tasks (3D modeling, Motion, Aperture, etc), a MacBook should be fine, and a lot cheapter than a MBP.
     
  17. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    If you give up gaming, then yeah, a MacBook should be sufficient. As Chundles said, a MacBook Pro has a dedicated graphics card, instead of the integrated graphics, which use system RAM rather than having their own dedicated RAM.

    If the games you'll be playing aren't too demanding, you may still be able to play them with the MacBook, but I don't really know from experience. I haven't tried to play any games on my mini, which also has the integrated graphics.
     
  18. Woody56292 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok decided then, I will save up for a White 2.0GHz Macbook ( core duo ) with 2gb ram, 60gb HDD, iWorks pre-installed, wireless mighty mouse, and wireless appleboard.[​IMG]
    Now if only I can get the money.[​IMG]
    oh and this one is cool.[​IMG]
     
  19. nagshay1818 macrumors newbie

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    MacBook

    I suggest for you to get a MacBook. I match a similar persona to yours. I currently have a MacBook Pro. I use mine souly for music. I am a bit of a traveler, so therefore a laptop is the utmost ideal choice for me. I am selling my MacBook Pro soon so that I can afford both a MacBook and an iMac. The MacBook is just the ideal Mac for you at this point. Also, if you are that stuck on Windows, you can install bootcamp and have the best of both world in your eyes, however I suggest getting away from windows while you still have a chance. Lol. Hope I was at service to you.
     
  20. Woody56292 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes thank everyone for their help. Admittingly, I will probably continue to use windows on bootcamp, mainly for pc to 360 streaming. ( although I may just use my comp I have now for that )
    I probably won't go cold turkey though, I will slowly learn Mac OS X until I am comfortable enough to use it primarily. Thanks for all the help and advice everyone, hope to have a macbook before Christmas.


    oh yeah gotta add a pic. [​IMG]
     
  21. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    Check this out. Connect360
     
  22. Woody56292 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the link, you deserve a cookie.:D

    unfortunately, the cookie monster took all of mine.[​IMG]
     
  23. clevin macrumors G3

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  24. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    :D No problem! Glad to help!
     
  25. Woody56292 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't know, but I remembered it is coming out for Wii and probbably for 360, so I am not worried about computer gaming specs.
    ok good night I am going to shut my eyes now. ( must pull away from screen first)
    [​IMG]
     

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