First Mac Imac or MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Lewb, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Lewb macrumors member

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    Hello, Getting a first mac but cant decide on the MacBook Pro or the Imac, was going to go for the MacBook Pro as i already have a Desktop PC which plays pretty much all games on highest settings but then i saw the Imac spec is quite a bit better for the same price so now i cant decide would just be using for the usual stuff an maybe the odd bit of World of Warcraft Which would you guys recommend going for for a first Mac?

    Heres the specs of the ones i would be going for:

    MacBook Pro
    13-inch: 2.3 GHz
    2.3GHz dual-core
    Intel Core i5
    4GB 1333MHz
    320GB 5400-rpm1
    Intel HD Graphics 3000
    Built-in battery (7 hours)

    Imac
    21.5-inch: 2.5GHz
    2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    1920 x 1080 resolution
    4GB (two 2GB) memory
    500GB hard drive1
    AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB

    Thanks for your input!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    The MBP will be fine for you. Portability is always welcome and especially if you already have a decent desktop PC, it doesn't make much sense to buy an iMac. Besides, the specs don't matter unless you do something intensive.
     
  3. Nevarlan, Sep 24, 2011
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    Nevarlan macrumors newbie

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    If it's just for school/work without gaming, then Macbook.

    If it's to enjoy multimedia, surf the web and simple stuff at home, get a Mac mini. And get the one with AMD graphics if you use it as a media center as well.

    If it's for gaming, I recommend the iMac, because Macbooks tend to get hot and the fans go crazy :eek:. And don't forget to install smcFanControl and speed up your fans a little to keep your machine cool while gaming.
     
  4. Lewb thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your help, Would the MacBook Pro be fine for some light world of warcraft?
     
  5. Nevarlan macrumors newbie

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    I have a Macbook late 2008 (unibody), 2.66GHz Core2Duo, 2GB RAM, and NVIDIA 9400M 256MB.

    My experience with WoW: You can play it, but it soon gets very loud (when the fans kick in) and the temperature is constantly very high. I don't recommend it, though I don't know how it is with newer generations.

    Edit: There are no problems with my iMac (2007) playing WoW. The fans don't kick in if you adjust them a little with smcFanControl.
     

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