What would you get with a budget of...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mrgreen4242, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    OK, we had the $10k fantasy thread, now the realistic one... what Mac computer would you get with a $1200 budget? Can include display or now, we'll pretend that you have access to an acceptable LCD "free" (call it a 17" standard Dell LCD). New, used, refurb, anything goes!

    Ok, go! :D
     
  2. NickD macrumors 6502a

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    I dunno. I might go for an iMac just because they're so awesome, but if an LCD was available, I could see myself buying an incredibly pimped out Mac Mini and an external HD. And an iPod.

    NickD
     
  3. killr_b macrumors 6502a

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  4. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    Since I'd already have an LCD and I want some sort of expansion options, I would probably pick up the new mid-range iTower (the "i" stands for imaginary). :p
     
  5. mrgreen4242 thread starter macrumors 601

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    Interesting, I was wondering if anyone would say that... I'm sot sure I would spend ANY money on a PPC system at this point. Maybe a year ago, but it seems a little late into the switch. I'm also waiting to see if anyone says they'd get a Dell and put OSX86 on it. :p

    I'm really holding out to hear from the people who DO spend (close to) $10k for their rigs. The $10k thread had a bunch of people who probably spend $1-2k on their computer going crazy on a super system, but the people who have said super computers making the tough choices every one else has to make... :p
     
  6. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    I would get a top of the line Gaming pc, i would get an macbook and i would get an imac.

    PC for gaming, macbook for being mobile and the imac as an everyday use computer.
     
  7. killr_b macrumors 6502a

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    I like people like you, they keep the G5's available for people like me.

    It still performs to the same level it did then, and as a cluster w/ xgrid should be a neat little render farm.
     
  8. mrgreen4242 thread starter macrumors 601

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    You should save some of your $1200 to get a calculator, too. :p
     
  9. mrgreen4242 thread starter macrumors 601

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    Oh, I agree they are still good machines, no doubt about it. If I had a dual G5 (or a quad!) already I'd keep it for a long while before upgrading. BUT, if you are going to buy a new machine it seems like you'd want to get the most life out of it from that poitn forward, and it seems like a G5 might not be the *best* choice now that we're ~18 months into the Intel switch.

    Still, you raise a good point in that dollar for dollar a G5 PowerMac is probably a pretty darn good buy.
     
  10. Mr. MacBook macrumors 6502

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    I'd raise another 150 and get Refurbished Core Duo 2GHz MacBook Pro :)

    OR

    an iMac refurbished Core Duo 2GHz 20-inch
     
  11. killr_b macrumors 6502a

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    But you said only $1,200. Right?
    Check my sig. :D
     
  12. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    I'd buy the base MacBook. I could use a Laptop...
     
  13. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    I'd get a refurb middle-spec'd MB. There's none in the refurb store right now, though, so I can't check the price. It would be <$1200 because the new ones are $1299. If I had enough extra, I'd get a case for it.
     
  14. mrgreen4242 thread starter macrumors 601

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    Since I haven't answered yet, I think I would go the mini route, but I'd do a custom one... something like a mini in a Cube case, etc. Since $1200 doesn't get you a particularly nice iMac, just an adequate one, I'd have to opt for the completely maxed out mini.

    In a couple months, when PS CS3 hits, though, I suspect the PowerMac G5 hold outs will start selling off their machines (especially if there are Mac Pro updates and/or price drops) and the cost of a G5 PM could make it a pretty great buy...
     
  15. wongulous macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I'd use edu pricing for sure, and probably get the "better"-type Mini:

    1.83GHz
    80GB HDD
    SuperDrive
    512MB ram

    $878 (edu)

    Then I'd get 2 1GB sticks of PC-5300, which I believe is around $120 shipped and throw out the 256 sticks which I could pawn off to a friend for $20, so net cost $100. Total: $978

    I would then get a FW/USB enclosure and port multiplier with the same footprint as the mini, like a TransIntl MiniD, the enclosure without a drive being $64. Then I'd need a drive to put in it, so I'd choose a Seagate for the 5-year warranty and reliability/speed/quiet factors (and 500GB/7200.10 seems to be the sweet spot right now, because 750GB is like twice the price). Anyway, my Seagate 500gig HDD would be $145 with free shipping.

    We're already at $1187, so I would probably just buy a DVI-HDMI cable for connecting to that LCD/TV, I guess. My next purchase would have been an ElGato EyeTV Hybrid, though.
     
  16. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    refurbished black core duo macbook ($999), an incase neoprene sleeve for the macbook ($29.95) and a new orange ipod shuffle ($79). with the remaining $0.18, i'd buy a sour straw. :p
     
  17. killr_b macrumors 6502a

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    You make my eyes light up with joy… and dollar signs… :D
     
  18. dougnewman macrumors 6502

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    White 2.0GHz MacBook.

    OK, the lowest price I've seen from a legitimate retailer is $1,219... Surely we can forgive the $19 ;) ?
     
  19. daneoni macrumors G4

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    I'd save it.

    IF i HAD to buy something. Then i'd get an LED + Santa Rosa MBP 2.33GHz MBP, Widescreen iPod, updated 23 Cinema Display and 160GB FW External Drive. Then throw the rest in the bank
     
  20. netdog macrumors 603

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    Cat evidently has some good lines on cheap computers if he is going to bring home all of this for $1200. Well done.
     
  21. dougnewman macrumors 6502

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    All that for $1,200 and you'd still have money to put in the bank?
     
  22. ready2switch macrumors 6502

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    Are we thinking $1,200 or $12,000? :p

    I'm with whoever said save another $150 and get the refurb MBP. :D
     
  23. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Oh, i thought i saw $12,000. In that case, save it without a doubt.
     
  24. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Macbook (but only because I already have an iMac). At $1099, I'd use another $75 to upgrade the RAM to 1GB. $26 in change -- iPod socks for all my friends?
     
  25. johnee macrumors 6502a

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    dunno, apple makes it tough for only $1200, you are really limited when looking for a system.

    Obviously the low end imac or macbook, but if I couldn't get what I wanted in new condition, I would pursue the refirb route (although I haven't researched refirbs to see the terms of the sale which would be my major concern)

    Does apple discount the previous generation items when it's coming out with a new update?
     

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