I did it!! I bought a Mac Pro! Hi, I'm a Mac!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cydspal, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. cydspal macrumors member

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    Thanks to everyone for all of the great feedback, here is my base machine on order, I will add Ram, display and external Hdrive (with your advice!):
    Mac Pro
    AirPort Extreme card (Wi-Fi)
    Two 16x SuperDrives
    Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon (8-core)
    Apple wireless Mighty Mouse
    Apple Wireless Keyboard (English) + Mac OS X
    2GB (2 x 1GB)
    500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    Accessory kit
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB (Two dual-link DVI)
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Congrats! Sounds like a great machine. :)

    Is bold the new caps?
     
  3. IEatApples macrumors 6502a

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    Congrats cydspal! :)

    I think it stands for happiness in this case! ;)
     
  4. Lord Sam macrumors regular

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    Congratulations

    YAY! Glad to have you. Trust me, you will never regret the decision you have made. Macs are in every way superior towards any other computer. You have now been liberated from the evils of Microsoft. And by the way, nice specs. I wish I had that kind of computer! (Ive got a Macbook and iPod Touch) Your shopping list for Febuary should include, to name a few:

    iPhone www.apple.com

    MacBook Air www.apple.com

    Apple TV www.apple.com

    Just kidding. You should consider them though. They are all great products. After all, nothing with an Apple logo isn't.
     
  5. Lord Sam macrumors regular

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    there are so many switchers!

    I am thrilled at the amount of new mac users apple is attracting! Come on people! Switch!
     
  6. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Congratulations on your new machine. You'll love it.
     
  7. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    Are rhetorical questions the new l33tsp34k?


    tool
     
  8. dopey220 macrumors 6502

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    Warning: The BlueTooth keyboard doesn't have a number pad. If you feel misled and displeased, I apologize on behalf of Apple. I don't understand why they made that decision.

    Other than that, have fun!
     
  9. cydspal thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry about the bold, yes it means happiness!

    On the keyboard, I did know that but I made the decision based on that I coud always go back for $49 to a cordless but to upgrade later to the wireless would have been $79, frankly I was more concerned about losing 2 usb's in the corded keyboard than I was the number pad....;)
     
  10. NJPitcher macrumors regular

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    I'd hook yourself up with some more ram so you can really see those cores go at it, but aside from that it's a sick system.
     
  11. JG271 macrumors 6502a

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    Nice! Hope you enjoy your mac, i'm sure you will!
    :apple:
     
  12. BlueCdreams macrumors newbie

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    re: your new Mac &

    :D Yay! Now you might want to check out these:

    P/U copy of David Pogue's The Missing Manual for Leopard

    Apple has a great program to help you with your switch:
    **One to One,
    http://www.apple.com/retail/onetoone and, see:
    and: http://www.apple.com/getamac/movetomac
    also:
    ProCare: http://www.apple.com/retail/procare

    also: http://www.apple.com/pro/

    See, too:
    Basics:

    http://www.apple.com/support/leopard
    http://www.apple.com/support/macpro/
    http://www.apple.com/support/quickassist/
    http://www.apple.com/support/mac101

    Leopard Manual: http://support.apple.com/kb/index?page=search&src=support_site.more.leopard&q=Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard


    *There are online tutorials at Apple for iLife:
    http://www.apple.com/support/ilife/
    & iWork: http://www.apple.com/support/iwork

    *More help:
    http://www.myfirstmac.com
    http://www.macinstruct.com/node/124
    http://newmacuser.com
    http://guides.macrumors.com/Mac_Beginner's_Guide

    * Helpful at home tutorials:
    http://www.screencastsonline.com,
    http://www.howdoimac.com
    http://www.learntomac.com.,
    http://www.iusethis.com

    *For new Switchers from PC to Mac:
    http://www.apple.com/support/switch101
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.4/en/cdb_whatcalled.html
    http://www.xvsxp.com
    http://www.switchingtomac.com
    http://lifehacker.com/software/mac/hack-attack-a-guide-for-switching-to


    - No worry about viruses: Mac Viruses=0 PC=150,000+
    Do not put Norton/Systemworks on your Mac!
    Norton can Harm your Mac. uninstall if you have it!

    *More, After purchase, support & training & seminars:
    - http://www.apple.com/pro/resources/
    - http://www.apple.com/retail/procare/

    *Apple has online seminars for just about
    everything:
    http://www.apple.com/seminars

    You can sign up for email notices.

    Online Seminars are available for the following topics:
    Audio | Design, Print & Graphic Design | Digital Media | Music |
    Photography | Sci/Tech | Servers/Networks | Small Business | Support


    *There are workshops for Business, Design, and more to introduce you
    to Macs; http://www.apple.com/retail/business/businessworkshops/

    *For Apps, Fun & Work & Games:
    http://guide.apple.com/index.lasso (all made4mac apps, utilities,
    games etc.)

    *For comparisons of hardware and apps, etc.
    http://guides.macrumors.com/Mac_Beginner's_Guide

    ** For Questions, Problems, and, lots of answers:

    Very good info can be found at: http://www.macfixit.com/,
    www.macosxhints.com, macworld.com or google Mac forums
    and, apple.com/support and go to discussions

    -Invaluable resource, is Randy B.Singer:
    http://www.macattorney.com/ts.html


    Here is a very useful group of links for New Users, and, great for
    everyone:

    http://www.macmerc.com/articles/Power_User_Monday_Tip_of_the_Week/255

    http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/repairprocess.html

    http://macs.about.com/od/softwareandutilities/a/top_freeware.htm

    *Back-up, back-up, back-up and back-up.

    - Always try the Help feature in the top menu of the finder, and any
    app for lots of info

    **You can p/u extra Ram & Applecare for less by doing a dealmac.com
    search or from reliable dealers: smalldog.com, powermax.com, LAcomputercompany.com, or off eBay
    or from MUGS:
    http://www.apple.com/usergroups & http://MacOSG.com

    Have Fun,
    Cali-Kate
     
  13. cydspal thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow, thanks for all the links!! Now I begin my quest looking for a display, gotta be at least 24"...thats the only regret so far about not choosing the IMac, what a great screen!

    Will I need some form of therapy to withdraw from PC? Will they send me someplace special?
     
  14. JEE-Magician macrumors newbie

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    I am looking at getting an iMac with a wireless mouse and keyboard. Does Apple also ship you the wired versions if you buy the wireless kinds? This may sound silly , but the way I look at it is the standard keyboard and mouse come stock with the system so if you buy the wireless versions you still get the wired versions because that was part of the stock system price and then if you buy the wireless versions that comes packaged as well. Am I wrong on this?
     
  15. CP1091 macrumors regular

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  16. thegord macrumors member

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    i bought the same options lets see who gets theirs first...
     
  17. mward333 macrumors 6502a

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    Welcome to the Mac Pro club. You'll be glad that you bought one. Enjoy!
     
  18. KennyW macrumors newbie

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    Congratulation for the great buy. It is really tempting for me to order one as well from the rave reviews on the new Mac Pro.

    However. I wonder why two Superdrives were ordered. If I were you, I would take the standard config and add a 3rd party Blu-Ray/DVD combo drive instead by myself. It is an easy DIY stuff.

    Though the Wireless keyboard avoids the cable hassle, you lose the numerical keypad and the two additional USB ports which were very useful and convenient - say attaching a Wacom tablet or USB stick without reaching for the big chassis. Anyway, I think this is just a personal preference.

    Best wishes.
     
  19. cydspal thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, I have read about the keyboard issue and struggled with that decision, but I thought I could always go buy a corded one down the road for less...

    As far as the opitical drives, it was tough to pass on for just $100 to have two burners. If I want to switch it out for Blu Ray down the road is that tough?
     
  20. GoKyu macrumors 65816

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    Congrats on the new Mac!

    I'm a recent switcher myself (recent as in, I just got it about 3 days ago ;)) and I'm loving the ride so far - I don't plan on going back either :)

    If you'll need to transfer files from your PC to the Mac, hook them up via either a router or ethernet cable, you can open a finder window and hit Command-K to connect to a server. Then type: smb://<IP address of PC>/<share name>

    I was on Windows XP Pro, and all of my drives were shareable by default, share name is: <drive letter>$

    So: smb://computer/D$ for example, and then you can just drag and drop files and folders into the new system. It's just as easy as it sounds and worked great for me!

    -Bryan
     
  21. cydspal thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the transfer tip, If I get office for Mac will my word files convert and then be ok to non Mac users for use?
     
  22. Synchro macrumors member

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    Monitor

    I'm very pleased with my Hyundai W240D 24" LCD. Unusually it has both DVI and HDMI, so I can plug in my G4 and MacBook (and a PC via VGA) at the same time. It's extremely cheap in the UK at the moment, not sure about the US, and it's reportedly at least as good as the Dell 2407 which is generally considered one of the best around. If anything it's too bright - I turn the brightness down to about 15%! Only other gripe is that the controls are completely invisible in normal use - I've worked around it by sticking a little label underneath them. I bought mine here:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/133517
     
  23. eluk macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. You may wish to consider NeoOffice as an alternative.
     
  24. bkea macrumors regular

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    Hey

    Im looking to finely switch to a mac, i was over vista as soon as i got it!.

    Gotta get a job first the $$ is the only thing stopping me!
    Any suggestions on what i should get? its my last year at high school.
     

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