Considering a Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Maxcy, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. Maxcy macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2008
    Over the past few days I have been looking in to buying a mac. At the current time I have a HP laptop which I bought last October to replace my pc which broke. i have always used pcs and never really looked at macs due to most things been made for pcs e.g. software/hardware. Recently my laptop stated to suffer from slow down which seemed to be from lack of memory. I was rather angered by this as I have not had the laptop 6 month! The laptop has Vista on it and has an Intel centrino 1.7 duo and 2gb of ram. I would most likely buy an iMac as I could still use my currently laptop for working away after it has been sorted.

    1) With boot camp can the mac be made just like a normal pc with vista on? So there are no compatibility issues or hardware issues etc? Also could vista be run on the machine the majority of the time or does Leopard still need to be running? The main thing is how ever is it stable and not crashing or conflicting most of the time?

    2) If I create documents using this can I save the files in for example word and the file can then be opened on windows? Is it also possible to save to older windows formats mainly 97-03 format.

    3)I know this happens allot with modern day technology but if I bought an iMac next week is there a chance an updated model could be released any time soon? Wouldn’t want to buy an iMac and the price suddenly drops or a better model be released for the same price!

    4)with the 24inch iMaxc spec: gfx card 2600 256mb + duo 2.4 and 2gb of RAM would this spec be able to run most modern games? Only ones that spring to mind without looking are crysis and Jericho.

    5)The extended apple care that takes the warranty to 3 years; is it worth buying is it advisable to sell on and upgrade macs often? 3 years seems a bit of a long time without even an upgrade which is not possible on the iMac?

    Any other help or advice appreciated!

    Cheers Max
  2. ClassicMac247 macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    I don't think there will be an iMac update anytime soon, but just to be sure you can look in the macrumors buying guides.
  3. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    It's hard to find your questions when their mixed up with your narrative. For more and better answers from this forum I'd suggest composing your questions into a clear list without commentaries mixed in. For instance:

    "1) Can I run games well using boot camp?
    2) Is X greater than Y?
    3) Who will win the next super bowl?"
  4. wightstraker macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2007
    Any doc file you make on a mac should be readable on a PC. You don't even need MS Office - consider free version (which are often just a good) like NeoOffice.

    Macworld was earlier this week so it's probably going to be a long time before any more major hardware updates. Ultimately you'll just torment yourself if you have these sorts of worries, so don't sweat it.

    Most games work fine. Crysis might be pushing it. If you want serious power (and better expandability, one of my personal mac peeves), consider the Power Mac.

    The #1 reason to get a mac: Mac OS X, hands down.
  5. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    Bootcamp should allow your iMac to run as a normal pc, however, recently I found out that apple's drivers in bootcamp, for the hardwares, are not that good in some cases. So, I can't say its 100%, maybe 90~95%?
    there will be issues, 100% same is probably not possible due to the problems like fonts, etc
    you need to check the website of the games you play, check their system requirement, compare them to iMac's specs
  6. apachie2k macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2006
    was MIAMI

    ok... in order....

    running windows on an imac - leopard doesn't have to be runnning, you can run windows all the time, however once you play with leopard there's little doubt that you will want to stay there!

    office (2008) - i can't say i know for sure if you can save in older formats, but figuring you can in office 2004, i'm 99% positive you can... only 1% because i haven't used it yet...

    24" - 2 GB ram --- plenty for what you will use it for, and good for the games....

    warranty -- seems to be a personal thing, i would def. recommend it for laptops, however desktops don't move as often, and if your going to replace it soon it's kind of up in the air, note: you have up until a year after purchasing the computer to extend the already year of warranty and maybe 30 days of phone support (not positive on the phone support) but am positive that if you buy the extended warranty it does come with phone support

    good luck!

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