What type of Mac would suit me best?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Pad18, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. Pad18 macrumors member

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    I would be using a mac for the internet and word processing and I'm not sure which mac would be overkill
     
  2. Josh macrumors 68000

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    For those things alone, a mini or macbook would be perfect.

    If a little more power is a concern, the iMac would be the choice.

    (I think there should be a "What is right for me?" feature on Apple's website. Let the user check some boxes of what they do, and show them a list of suitable computers)
     
  3. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    If you're doing just word processing and surfing, you could get away with anything from a used G3 iMac to a refurb G4 Mac Mini.

    If you want a new Mac, though, I'd get the lowest-spec Intel Mac mini.
     
  4. Pad18 thread starter macrumors member

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    well is the base model of the macbook fine for that?
     
  5. Verto macrumors 6502a

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    The base model MacBook would be more than suited for that task.
     
  6. Pad18 thread starter macrumors member

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    60gb Hardrive would be fine along with 512mb?
     
  7. Josh macrumors 68000

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    the 512mb of ram would be fine.

    But with all Macs, more is always better, and you'll always notice it.

    I'd recommend getting the base MacBook from Apple, and an additional amount (512mb to 1gb) of ram from somewhere else (Apple overcharges for ram big time).
     
  8. MS bulldog macrumors regular

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  9. Pad18 thread starter macrumors member

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    iwant a laptop but im not sure if anything above the base model would be overkill?

    Also how would boot camp run on this machine? JW
     
  10. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    I'm sure you can run windows xp on the macbook just fine. Seems like a good deal. Again, baseline macbook or education imac which is 899 is a good deal.
     
  11. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    the new macbook is almost perfect. Its cheap, but powerful enough to run programs like Office and Firefox for many years to come. Go the MacBook. You will love it.
     
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    For your stated needs, yes. Unless you are writing multiple epic novels in your wordprocessor...

    Stick with Universal Binaries on OS X and/or use Windows apps in Boot Camp and your 512 MB shoud be fine.

    B
     
  14. Pad18 thread starter macrumors member

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    actually yea i knida do plan on writing novels but ill probably save the ifnished product on a disk

    and roughly how much stuff can u fit on a 60GB hardrive? Like Music, word documents, and all that good stuff?
     

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