Help!!! (Switching advice needed...)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by RandomHero, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. RandomHero macrumors newbie

    RandomHero

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    #1
    Hello,
    I am new the the forums and to Mac. I am currently a user of PCs :mad: , as you can tell from my smiley I am not very happy with them! I have always thought of converting to :apple: for a very long time. I was wondering if anyone out there could give me buying tips for a Mac. I am interested in a Laptop. My budget is $1,800. I was wondering what would be the best buy for my buck. I primarily would use it for music/media and some school work(college). If anyone out there could help it would be greatly appreciate it.

    THANKS!
    Random Hero
     
  2. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    With that budget you should probably get a Macbook, I think that it would do good for what you want, If you are in college don't forget to use your education discount.
     
  3. bartelby macrumors Core

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    With $1,800, You're choice is either a Black MacBook with 2GB RAM or a White 2.0GHz MacBook with 2GB RAM & a 120GB HD. The BlackBook is $50 more.
     
  4. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    I would recommend a 15" MacBook Pro, with the edu discount it's $1,799. It's a bit faster, with a bigger screen, which is nice if it's your primary computer. If you don't need the bigger portable screen or GPU, I'd recommend doing something like getting a refurb MacBook (around $1000) and buying a nice big 24" Dell monitor (refurbs are in the $600's) to use it with when you're at home. Then, just unplug it and use it in class and whatnot on its own!

    That last one's the setup I have now, and it's really fantastic. With any money left over, I'd recommend you up the RAM, though, as it'll struggle with the big display on shared RAM.
     
  5. Andrew D. macrumors 6502

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    If your not going to be a hardcore user, I would just grab a MacBook. Intensive use of video editing, graphics, and media will probably make you go for a MacBook Pro. If you can throw in a few more hundred, get yourself a MBP.. if not the MB will do you just fine as well. Good luck!
     

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