I need some help people.What would you do?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by nyprospect, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. nyprospect macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
    Ok i just recieved my 512 from crucial My powerbook is still in its box .I checked it out yesterday and each time i start it up i fall in love more.Ok now i have my pc p4 3.0ghz still .I using it right now.What do you guys think i should do with it.
    Sell the parts
    keep it?
    I dont know.I still do think i totally switched.Im using it as a crutch.hmm help
  2. revenuee macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2003
    A place where i am supreme emporer
    if it's not in the way taking up space, just keep it --- i would gladly run a dual system -- but since money only allows for one, my baby will always be an apple
  3. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    The only reason I can see to keep an x86 PC is to take care of certain needs.

    Do you run any applications (including games and web access) on it that don't have any equivalent on Mac OS X? If the answer is no, sell it.
  4. SolidGun macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2004
    Twin Cities
    How similar our situation is...other than abandoning PC :eek: ?!?!?!

    I just ordered 512MB from Crucial as well and it will be here within the next 2 hours....but to get to your question.

    I am new to Mac and just got done reading Mac OSX books. However, I would never abandon my PC. It has its uses and if I had to decide Mac or PC, I would never choose Mac over PC for a number of reasons.
    I purchased PowerBook almost a week ago to replace my portable computer, which is only 3 months old, because I need the stability and comfort on my portable and Mac serves that purpose.
    If you sell your PC for parts, you won't get much money either, but if you need the money obviously it has to be the PC that has to go for you.
    As for me I put too much time and effort and money into my PC to abandon it ever, and the fact that I can mess with it all I want gives me the satisfaction that I am my own master of my PC, not Steve Jobs and his goons. (or my wife, but I can't tell her that ;).
    If you don't use your PC too much, go ahead and sell it. If you believe that your life style will be PB centric, go ahead and sell the PC.
    But if you have a lot of programs for PC and see it as your primary HOME unit and your PB as portable unit, you oughta keep both.
  5. nyprospect thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
    I dont really have anything on my pc or run anything that i cant on my powerbook.I hate to keep both .I could use the money for a nice powerbook sleeve or more memory .etc
  6. Finiksa macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2003
    If you don't play games or have any PC specific software you can't live without, I'd sell it now.

    PCs loose value so quickly (compared to Macs at least) that you're better off getting the most you can for it now than leave it sitting around for awhile.
  7. daxdagr8t macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2004
    if you have no use for a pc then why keep it?i gave my alienare to my sister but i still use it for gamig.
  8. nyprospect thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
    Aha but you still dabble with it lol.I dont game.The only game i love is gta vice city and im not gonna keep my pc for a game i beat already.although i love driving around with mr whoopie. ;)
  9. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    If you haven't a need for it... sell it... or at least push it in the corner and make it fold... :)
  10. nina macrumors member

    May 27, 2004
    I have the same setup as you - a brand new powerbook, and an older Windows PC.

    I'd never think about selling or getting rid of the PC. Granted, I'm not strapped for cash at the moment, but even if I were, it probably wouldn't sell for very much (P4 1.3GHz).

    However, I've slapped a few hard drives in it, and now I run it 24/7. It's my file server/download box, and since I've installed an ATI All-In-Wonder card, a DVD burner, and a Dolby Digital-decoding sound card, I'll eventually turn it into a home theater PC.

    My mentality is you can never have too many computers. You can do so much with a computer - all it takes is a little imagination! I'll never sell/give away a machine if I can keep it instead.
  11. brap macrumors 68000

    May 10, 2004
    Keep it, as a folding machine, and a fileserver. 3.5"HDDs will always be cheaper, and since you already have a box you can stick in a cupboard, you don't have to make any more investment.

    You'll get next to nothing back for what you must have paid for it, and it's always, always useful to have extra storage. Whether it's for your MP3 collection, movie collection, DVDs, or a few system backups from your beloved Powerbook. Outsource all of your major processing tasks (like compressing huge files, and encoding DVDs and such) using Remote Desktop, and use your shiny new PB to actually work on. Works a treat.
  12. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
  13. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    You could turn it into a linux file/print/web server. i love that crap.

    or just sell the parts on eBay.

    Lee Tom
  14. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Actually, you can view porn just as easily on a Mac. ;)

    nyprospect: how much do you think you can get for your PC? If it's a small amount, I'd keep it around. They're useful at times. If it's a lot, I'd sell it. To me, it all depends on how much it's worth.
  15. nyprospect thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
    I wish i new what it was worth its a custom made pc.its in great shape.its no alienware but its a good pc.one other question with out starting a new thread.whats the scew driver used to add more ram
  16. applebum macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2003

    Yeah I hate when Steve and his boys show up asking why you haven't bought that new Mac yet. Always hinting that you may lose your knee caps if you don't buy it soon. I have bought 2 new Macs this year just for that very reason - they are very scary.
  17. nyprospect thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
    any advice on a wirless router something thats not ridiculously priced thanks guys
  18. Elan0204 macrumors 65816


    Apr 16, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    Congratulations on the the new powerbook. I switched to a powerbook too (2 years ago), and I've never looked back. That being said, there are some things you might want to do with the PC as others in this thread have said. If you don't, then go ahead and sell the computer. If you post the full specs on MacRumors, I'm sure we can help you determine a fair price.
  19. nyprospect thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
    Thank you Elan.Thats a great idea.ill gather the specs and post a bit later.
  20. KingSleaze macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2004
    So. Cal

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