Choice of Mac for Girlfriend.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by irbdavid, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. irbdavid macrumors regular


    Mar 27, 2006
    Girlfriends old HP laptop died last week in a major sort of way - HP want £267 to take it away and fix it. Given that this machine is 3 yrs old, and has a resale value of <£100 on eBay it's just not worth it.

    I just bought a MacBook about 2 months ago, and she wants her next computer to be a Mac too, though she's not too fussed about getting a portable, or a high spec machine.

    So either I give (by which I mean sell :D) her this MacBook and use this opportunity to upgrade my machine, or she gets a cheap iMac probably (the higher end 17" one). Hypothetically I could get myself a better iMac, either the 20" or the 24" and simultaneously replace my old windows box (could get maybe £100 for it on eBay), and give her this MacBook.

    So, the talking point: is a 20" iMac at least partially suitable as a windows gaming machine, and is the 24" (with a 7600GT) that much better that is justifies the extra £s ? Or alternatively, is a low end iMac a good value machine?
  2. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    I think you really mean to say:

    So either I sell (by which I mean give :D)
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Yeah, get her an iMac and keep your MacBook. As a rule of thumb, I avoid selling/giving things like this to girlfriends. They have a habit of backfiring (the transactions, not necessarily the girls).
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Good god, for a second there I thought the title of this friend was "Choice of my Mac or my Girlfriend". :eek:

    Um....anyway, don't sell this stuff to people who are close. Next thing you know it, your MacBook is going to be mooing, getting weird screen issues, melting and cracked casing near the battery, etc.
  5. c-Row macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    I thought more along the lines of "Mac for Girlfriend... hm, yeah, why not? It's a fair trade". :D
  6. riciad macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2005
    Exactly how I read it as well.

    Must be something odd about MR posters that we subliminally think that might be a valid question.
  7. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    You mean it isn't?? :confused:
  8. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    So either I give (by which I mean give, unwitingly agreeing to hand her my very soul at the same time)
  9. artmonster macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2006
    I bought my girlfriend a MacBook for college graduation. She loves it. Perfect for her cause it's easy to carry and stylish.
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    The iMacs with a decent graphics card is fine for gaming. If you are really serious about it, I think the 24'' with the better card is worth the price. The 24'' screen is amazing. The low end iMac is also a good value machine IMO, fast and reliable.

    So I guess I wasn't much really can't go wrong in your situation.

    But if you give her your's going to be a bitch to get back if you break up :)
  11. Jimmieboy macrumors 6502


    Oct 30, 2005
    Sell her machine on ebay and grab a 17" imac. Check out the apple refurb store for a good deal.
  12. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    I read it as "choice of mac for girlfriend." As in, "should I be dating the MBP or the MP?" At which the answer would of course be the MBP. Maybe not as quiet, but definitely hotter.
  13. irbdavid thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 27, 2006
    Nah, it'll be a sell. At a fair price :p
    Me and her are both humble impoverished students. If we were working full time there would be no way in hell I could get away with trying to sell her it though lol.
    Her getting a Mac would save me time and effort having to deal with her windows XP problems though, that's would be worth a discount on the price :D

    This does sound like the most sensible option really, thanks for suggesting the refurb store because that hadn't crossed my mind, but Apple's student discount generally represents better value. Plus the Core 2 Duo iMacs haven't started appearing there yet (not in the UK anyway).

    A 24" iMac would be sweet though, but to afford it i'd probably end up putting my 20" TFT on ebay as well, which would kinda suck. One day...

    Worth getting applecare for her iMac then? I bought it for my MacBook - the education applecare is only £60 so it's kinda a no-brainer really.
  14. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    what does she want? a portable or a desktop?

    if she wants a portable, give her your MB and get yourself a 24" iMac because those things are frickin' awesome.

    if she wants a desktop, get her a 17" iMac because everyone likes an iMac and it's probably not worth spending the extra money to get her the bigger screen/faster processor if she wouldn't appreciate the benefits.
  15. irbdavid thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 27, 2006
    So she just ordered a 2.0Ghz 17" iMac, decked out with wireless keyboard and the 4Gb nano (old style) that you can get a rebate for. That'll be going straight to eBay along with the borked old laptop.


  16. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  17. bigrell486 macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2006
    Dude, you can't make your girl buy your computer off you, you only charge for it if you break up :p

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