Help me choose a 2nd computer..

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ShaneBunting, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. ShaneBunting Suspended

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    I have a base MBA 11" 2013.. but I need a Windows computer to compliment it for full office as the 128GB just won't support boot camp with enough space..

    So.. can any of you guys find me a laptop which matches the following!

    - Preferably HP (250/255?)
    - Supports up to 16GB DDR3 RAM
    - Can have optical drive replaced for HDD
    - At least dual core
    - NOT Celeron.. Pentium - Maybe.
    - If AMD, can you tell me how the processor ranks e.g. is it i3 equivalent etc..
    - Graphics - Good enough for Minecraft?

    OR .. A small form factor PC such as the NUC.. but with an HDD??

    Thanks

    p.s. this section does NOT mention any need to be about Apple..

    Thanks, again!
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    You can get a 256 GB drive and do boomcamp.

    What feature of "full office" do you need?
     
  3. ShaneBunting thread starter Suspended

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    For the 2013 Air? If I could get a NEW, In Warranty/Guaranteed SSD for it, I really would invest :/ But they aren't out yet. OWC haven't even come up with a solution yet.

    Other than this.. Idk what to do buy invest in a new computer :/
     
  4. AaronM5670 macrumors 6502

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    Bear in mind it's likely that a new version of Office for Mac will be out next year which might bring features you want, or there's always Office 365 in the mean time; it seems like a bit of a waste of money to buy a whole new PC.
     
  5. Donoban macrumors 6502a

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    You really got money burning a hole in your pocket? Buy an external hd and run windows in a VM. 40gb max space required.

    Or sure, hope onto dells website and buy a new windows pc, but sounds like a waste of money to just run office.

    Can't believe I'm responding to one of these posts. Lolz.
     
  6. ShaneBunting thread starter Suspended

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    It is a serious post. I know it's a bit of a waste, and trust me, I'd rather have it all on the Mac :L It's just the SSD space.

    But the Office 2014 for Mac post sounded promising.. maybe I will hold out until then!
     
  7. jondunford macrumors 6502

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    could you have an external HD just for windows and basically just have a 2nd computer on this hard drive?
     
  8. ShaneBunting thread starter Suspended

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    How can I install and run windows on an External HDD? And if so.. could I use a Wireless hard drive for it?!
     

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