can someone please help me figure out what to do?

jbaruch76

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hi everybody, i am going to get a new laptop soon. i want a computer that will be able to run leopard and vista quickly and i also want to be able to play video games. my computer now is under the minimum requirements for most new games. i also need dual layer dvd burner. so i think it's between a macbook pro or a laptop i try to build from barebones to work best with leopard. can ppl give me a little feedback pelase?
 

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Most people don't build Macs from barebones... you're probably better off holding off for an updated Core 2 Duo MBP.
 

kretzy

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Only the 17'' MacBook Pro has a dual-layer burner, so that's really your only option currently. Also, as robbieduncan has pointed out you won't be able to use Leopard on a homemade machine.
 

jbaruch76

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it's annoying because for a little over 2000 i can get better specs than the 3000 dollar macbook pro
 

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jbaruch76 said:
are there any rumors for when these will be announced?
I'd say within the next 14 days.


jbaruch76 said:
it's annoying because for a little over 2000 i can get better specs than the 3000 dollar macbook pro
That's why Apple makes it difficult to install OS X on a non-Apple Intel machine ;)
 

jbaruch76

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ok then i guess i see what's going on, so i guess then maybe i should just get like the macbook for travel and get a cheap desktop i can upgrade for gaming. is the macbook good enough if i will prob jsut use it for business apps and media stuff?
 

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jbaruch76 said:
ok then i guess i see what's going on, so i guess then maybe i should just get like the macbook for travel and get a cheap desktop i can upgrade for gaming. is the macbook good enough if i will prob jsut use it for business apps and media stuff?
The big difference between the current lineup of MacBooks and MacBook Pros is the video card.

Unless you plan on doing anything that demands a lot of video (like games or 3-D), you'll be fine with the MacBook.
 

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If you want a Mac for gaming, I would get the iMac that was updated today. If you must have a 17" laptop then a Macbook Pro is nice but I wouldn't pay the premium for one. Trust me I have in the past. For a gaming laptop you will get much more bang for your buck from a PC. I would suggest Toshiba, HP, or Dell (shudder) off the top of my head as making decent products, as far as, mainstream retailers go (IMO, Lenovo and Sony are overpriced).
 

jbaruch76

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ddrueckhammer said:
If you want a Mac for gaming, I would get the iMac that was updated today. If you must have a 17" laptop then a Macbook Pro is nice but I wouldn't pay the premium for one. Trust me I have in the past. For a gaming laptop you will get much more bang for your buck from a PC. I would suggest Toshiba, HP, or Dell (shudder) off the top of my head as making decent products, as far as, mainstream retailers go (IMO, Lenovo and Sony are overpriced).
so yeah, im not gonna get the imac because i for sure want to get a laptop that i can run os x and vista on. i will be using this mostly for business apps and "media stuff" to clarify i mean my upwards of 10,000 songs and at least 100 someting movies. now all this is on an external hd so i jstu want a laptop that will be able to handle everything quickly.
from reading this thread it looks like i will get the macbook w/ superdrive and then i will get a new pc for gaming. i was looking at the hps ebcause i like their cases w/ the media card readers and everything. im not sure though if it would be cheaper to get an old barebones and build it myself or to just have hp do it. i'm not even sure what specs i need because i've never really ahd a computer i've used for gaming. with my computer right now i can't play most of the new games out, or if i can the framerate is so bad it'snot worth playing. so basically my question is what spces do i need if i want to be playing the enwest games at full speed for the next couple yrs.
i built this comp on teh hp website and the price wasn't too bad, but i'd like it to go down a little so tell me what i can remove or build myself please.
2.4 ghz core 2 duo (highest option available) also has 2.13 and 1.8
2x1 1gb ram
nvidia geforce 7600 512 mb (highest option available)

i think that's all that really matters as far as games go. i could be worng, so if i am let me know. also, disc space is not an issue because i have an external hd.