Before I Buy...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by TheGreatEscape, May 25, 2009.

  1. TheGreatEscape macrumors newbie

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    I am stoked on getting a Macbook this upcoming summer! [Especially with the rebates and such.] It was really love at first sight, I just need to get used to the configuration and such...

    So here is my dilemma.

    I want to get the 2.4 GHz one and maybe upgrade the RAM to 4GB. Y/N?

    How great is the video card? [nVIDIA 9400m I think]

    When will Snow Leopard come out?

    I like to do light to medium gaming on a laptop too so will it run TF2, PSO:BB, and PSU?

    Would a gamepad compliment it?

    Then for the iPod Nano or the iPod Touch.
    Which one? >>

    :eek:

    I suppose that is a loaded question...
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Upgrade the RAM yourself. Its much cheaper and easy.

    The 9400m is about the same as an X1600 discrete card from a few years ago. It will run TF2 at medium settings.

    A release date for SL will proably be announced at WWDC. Expect Sept/Oct.

    touch.
     
  3. jmann macrumors 604

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    Do it, but upgrade the RAM yourself. Apple's is way overpriced.

    No one knows for sure. Wait until the WWDC at the beginning of June for more info.

    iPod FTW. It is a MUCH more capable and entertaining device. You won't regret getting one. Unless you have an iPhone, then you should get the nano. :)
     
  4. mac88 macrumors 6502

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    Always upgrade the Ram yourself, it is very easy. Go for the Touch. Good luck!
     
  5. TheGreatEscape thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This all really helped!

    What's a good place to buy RAM and how much do I need?

    Do I need special software to run the games on?
     
  6. Zagreus macrumors member

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    If you're buying a macbook then Crucial is a good place to buy RAM from as it's fairly cheap, so is Kingston, tbh just buy as much as you can, particularly with games it's just the old formula of the more the better.

    As far as I can see you will need to BootCamp your Mac to play the games because I think that Team Fortress 2, Phantasy Star Universe and Phantasy Star Online are Windows only games. If this is the case then you can use some of the features built into 10.5 Leopard to install Windows to another part of your Mac so you can log in to Windows and play games there.

    However if there are Mac versions of the games available then you can install them natively on OS X and just play them in the OS.

    Hope that helps
     
  7. JCastro macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely upgrade the RAM. Especially if you are gaming.

    I would also recommend Crucial as well as OWC. I have heard some negative reviews about Kingston. Personally, my experience has been good with them though. I used Kingston RAM in my last PC and did not have any issues with it.

    I also agree with getting the Touch. Unless you have an iPhone of course.
     
  8. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502

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    Crucial is among the most expensive places to buy RAM- I have no idea why people are always suggesting it as a cheap option. Not only are their prices around the top end of the spectrum, but they also heck your cookies to see what other ram you've been looking at and inflate their prices accordingly.

    That said, they do have a reputation for quality and customer satisfaction.
     

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