Best bang for $2000

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by janciic09, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. janciic09 macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2013
    This is my first post here and i want to know what is best mac setup that i can buy for 2000$

    So here are my few setups.
    1. Imac 27 2013 i5 3.2 ghz
    2. Mac mini with thunderbolt display.
    3. Mac mini with 42 inch full HD TV and PS3
    4. Macbook air 13 128 gb with full HD TV 42 inch
    5. Macbook pro 13 retina with full HD TV 42 inch
    6. Macbook pro 15 retina

    Thank you for your replies!
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    It all depends on your usage, do you need a mobile platform or a new tv, if not that strikes options 4 though 6 off.

    Personally, I'd say the TV should be removed and you buy the computer that best fits your needs and a TV that best fits your needs.

    If mobility isn't a concern then the iMac, if you'll be using the computer on the go them the 15" rMBP. If you want expandable ram, or an optical disk one of the non retina MBPs could fit the bil.

    I personally have no idea how well a laptop works with a TV so I'm hesitant to offer any insight on that option
  3. janciic09 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2013

    Thank you for your fast reply.

    But for now I need everything.
    I am moving out and i need a new Mac and a new TV.
    And for now i have just 2000$
  4. utekineir macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2008
  5. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
    I thought this thread would be about hookers.

    Get the iMac.
  6. janciic09 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2013
  7. utekineir macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2008
  8. janciic09 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2013
  9. utekineir macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2008
    no worries,

    starting with the country you're in would be a good place considering it bears a significant difference on availability and pricing of any good.
  10. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Then buy a TV? So far you only say you need a Mac, not what you'll use it for. So buy one from 1995 and be happy and save 1500$?
  11. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    could you please elaborate on your needs and be specific. Or even better maybe describe why each scenario works for you and what uses it will have etc. That way you know for sure what each scene means to you (gains and loss) and we can help guide you to the best one. :)
  12. janciic09 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2013
    So basicley I am mooving out and buying a new appartment.
    I hawe no electronics for now, beacous i spend all money on furniture and all that cind of stuff.
    I am web designer and for my work i need a mac, i hawe a few work mates that work on macbook air thats hooked up to thunderbolt monitor, and they say that for my job i dont need anything else. So i tought that its wonderfull, you can hawe a laptop and a big screen.
    But then i went to mac store and foud out that thunderbolt display costs 1000$.
    And i said hell no, I can buy a good tv for that price (beacous i need a tv too)
    And then i had this idea i can save money for a tbd and buy myself a tv and a xbox for that price.

    For now i know that i wana buy mb air 13 Tv and a xbox.
    But now my only conserns is that 42 inch is pretty big for 1920x1080.
    So i thought that i can go with 32inch. But its just sad that 42 costs just for about 50$ more.
  13. MagicWok macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2006
    There are 50"+ tvs at that resolution and are pin sharp. Viewing distance is important when considering the size of your TV...
  14. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    Think of it in terms of viewing distance and DPI. You sit probably a metre away from the screen at a desk, maybe closer. A laptop is much closer but then the DPI of the screen is higher so a 15" screen with 1680 width and a 23" with a 1920 width are comparable. With TVs, I think it's recommended that the size diagonally in inches is 40% of the viewing distance. Bearing that in mind, a 42"or larger TV viewed from a few meters away with a 1920 width desktop should be fine if the screen is sharp enough. Modern LEDs are pin sharp and should be more than comfortable.
  15. janciic09 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2013
    Big thank you.

    I hawe prety decided that i will borow a few hunded and i will buy.

    MB Air 13 base model.

    Xbox 360 250 GB model

    Apple mouse and keyboard

    But now i hawe to decide shall i go 42 or 32 inch TV beacous they cost about same( 42 is abit more expensive)
    I would love to go with 42 but i am still not sure will it be easy enough to edit word from that screan.
  16. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    just out of curiosity do you live in the US? (just to confirm)
    If you do, here are a few TV deals:
    LG 42LM3400 42" 1080p 60Hz Cinema 3D LED (3.0" ultra-slim) HDTV = $400

    Proscan 39'' class LCD 1080p HDTV PLCD3992A = $300

    Samsung PN43F4500 43-Inch 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV = $400

    Samsung Series 4 43-inch Plasma TV - PN43E450 720p Slim HDTV with $75 PROMO eGift Card = $400

    Toshiba 40'' LCD HDTV - 40E220U = $350 (must add to cart to see price)

    These are just a few I have found.. not sure on international shipping though

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