I want to buy a macbook, but which one?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rhcp1253, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. rhcp1253 macrumors member

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    hey i am looking into buying a Mac Book that isn't to expensive (I'm 12) but wont run slow. can i get one like that for under $2000? Also can i take out a hard drive from an old dell desktop and use it as a network shared hard drive?
     
  2. Corrode macrumors 6502a

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    You're 12 and you've got $2000 to spend on a Mac? Dang, you're ballin'. Wish I had that kinda dough when I was your age. In fact, I'm 24 and still don't have that kind of money.

    Also, get ready for a parade of hate posts, as you're officially the one millionth person to create a "which mac should I buy" thread.
     
  3. rhcp1253 thread starter macrumors member

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    its just that i've been savin' for a long time and it's not only gonna be mine, its gonna be for my whole family, but mainly mine
     
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  5. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    Why not an iMac? you'll get much better value for your money with a iMac. Especially with only $1300. Don't forget there is also Tax which will be around 100 dollars leaving your budget at 1200... looks like the 20 inch iMac would be best... otherwise... you can do the 13 inch MBP with your student discount. Just have to upgrade the RAM.
     
  6. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    The OP does not qualify for the education discount.
     
  7. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    What's OP?
     
  8. RogueVasion macrumors regular

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    OP = Original Poster.

    I think even a Mac Mini would be perfect if you're looking to get into OS X.

    If you have a monitor and keyboard/mouse, you would be set. The upside is that it won't burn a big hole in your pocket.
     
  9. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    Really? He doesn't? I thought all students and parents of any students qualified.... or is it only for College students?

    This guy would be in Jr. High...

    I still say iMac though... as much as I personally want to get a Mac Mini... I think it's the worse value of the entire Mac line up.
     
  10. rhcp1253 thread starter macrumors member

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    In the next 2 months I plan on devoloping apps and games using Xcode. How much processing power will an iMac or mac mini have? Also can I remove the hard drive from my Dell desktop and use as external hard drive. Sorry if that's confusing:D
     
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    Run iLife apps Xcode and gaming apps for my brother
    also needs to run MS-DOS ($20 worth of DOS games:))
     
  13. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    I'm sure you can.. remove the drive but you'll need to buy a case for it. You might as well just buy a 500 gb external for like 100 bucks and save yourself the trouble unless you really like to tinker.

    The iMac has more processing power... I think the 20 inch has 2.66 ghz while the lowest end Macbook Pro 13 inch has like 2.12 ghz... I am too lazy to look it up, check apple.com. You are definitely more suited for a iMac for a family computer the screen is quite a bit larger and you'll get a bigger hard drive etc. They are the same price at 1199 each.
     
  14. eXan macrumors 601

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    The previous generation iMac with Radeon 2600 Pro is the best fit for you.
     
  15. boston44 macrumors 6502

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    Yes, get the 20 inch previous gen. $999 iMac. Perfect for what you need, unless you want the $1,199 iMac, which comes out to be $1,099 if you use the student discount. Remember, any kid can get the $100 off, just not the iTouch (college only). I saw iMac over macbook for you buddy.
     
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  17. eXan macrumors 601

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    Twice as powerful graphics for lower price.
     
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    You're not going to need the processing power of the newest, latest and greatest processor or video card (heck, my x1600 is still good enough) and it's cheeper. You save money.
     

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