if you won/received 2560 dollars, how would you spend them?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Hj12345, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Hj12345 macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2009
    If we let you say that you won or got 18-19000 Swedish kronor ($2560), how would you spend them on getting the ultimate Mac setup for yourself, personally to the requirements set itself? Would you buy a laptop or maybe a laptop + a screen that suits your needs?

    For me, it would be fun to hear what others would do for this kind of money, if you were to buy now or if we should wait with the purchase. If you were to buy a few accessories, or if you would bet on a particular machine.

    Everything is of interest.

    And why I ask is because I am in this situation right now - and I should not really listen to others in one's personal needs, but it was fun to hear what you have to say anyway.
  2. canes960 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2009
    15" MBP 2.53 with upgraded graphics card. Applecare and a 24 ACD.

    Then on newegg. a 256 SSD
  3. krimsen macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2005
    I'd humbly take the entry level 13" MBP, upgrade the RAM to 4 GB and get the best display the money left can buy. Thinking of the Dell 3008WFP, which may come in at a little more than the sum you mentioned.
  4. canes960 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2009
    Thats very good ideal.

    Would you not get the 2.53 ghz
  5. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    How'd you win the money? Were you on Sweden's got talent? ;) I prefer the MBP 13" size, so would get that, good speakers, an Airport Express to connect to the speakers, AppleCare, and you should still have some left over.
  6. krimsen macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2005
    Last time I checked, the 2.53 was way more than upgrading the RAM yourself. I don't need the extra MHz and I would be upgrading to SSD soon either way, so the bigger HDD is of no use to me.

    I already own good speakers, but that's a good point there. I'd buy AppleCare after the first year so it doesn't count for the budget :)
  7. canes960 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2009
    Applecare is a must.
  8. xhambonex macrumors 6502a

    Apr 17, 2008
    15" MBP 2.66GHz matte screen...upgrade the HDD myself, applecare, and 1TB time capsule.

    If I went over, oh well. I already have a screen but if I didn't then I would buy one of those, just not the Apple LED one, probably a dell.
  9. krimsen macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2005
    Amen. You don't have to buy it right away, though.
  10. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
    i would get a mac pro because im most likely going to need one in a few months and apple care for it
  11. 5DollaFootlong macrumors 6502


    Apr 26, 2009
    buy 1 top of the line mac mini for my sister, and a top of the line 15 inch macbook pro for my dad
  12. jkimbro0316 macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2008
    Central Florida
    You'd probably go over but it's cool that you'd think of others if you got that money.
  13. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I'd wait for the next Mac Pro update...but saving it seems way more logical.
  14. Hj12345 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2009
    Hehe. Money, and Apple is not a very good combination. And I have no further ability, so any talented program, have I not participated in. :)

    If you had to choose between the current iMac 24 "2.66 GHz for $ 1499 or a Macbook Pro 13" with an Apple Cinema for $2098 which package would you choose?
  15. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  16. Diejws macrumors member


    Sep 26, 2006
    Do you need portability? If not, I'd get the iMac, as it's cheaper.

    Personally, though, what I would get would be the 24" iMac, 2.93 GHz and upgrade its video card to the 4850. That's probably about the same price as the 13" Macbook pro and a display. Of course, I already have a regular Macbook so what I'm interested in leans towards more of a desktop role, of course.
  17. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...If you won it, its free money you didn't have so I'd save it = people save far to little these days...

    I'd then save up for the computer I needed to meet my needs as they all get outdated fast enough anyway...
  18. Hj12345 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2009
    On the other hand, you get almost as good computer Macbook Pro 13" is compared to the iMac. And then you have a Mac that you can take with you anywhere, and you also have a screen at home waiting for you, which is very good.

    Difficult choice for me. Last computer I had was a laptop (Macbook Pro 15", two years old), but it weighed 5 pund - it might be different this time. You may appreciate portability much more when we you have a very nice screen at home?
  19. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I would get a used 2.8GHz Octo Mac Pro for ~$2000. Then 4*4GB RAM for ~$500 and finally a 500GB Hard Drive for it.
  20. gavin83209 macrumors regular

    May 24, 2009
    I know this will go over, but a 3.06 GHz 17" MacBook Pro with a glossy screen, 7200 RPM 500 GB HDD, AppleCare (maybe not immediately) and a remote would be my ideal setup. Of course, to give myself time to save up the difference, I would wait for the next refresh and buy whatever equivalent to all of this is on the market at the time (3.2 GHz?). Total: $2868 without AppleCare, $3217 with it.

    If those were my only choices, I'd probably get the MacBook Pro. The graphics card could be a limitation, though. If it was anything in the $1500-2100 price range, I would compromise and get the 2.66 GHz MacBook Pro without a display for $1999.
  21. ymarker macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2009
    $1300 refurb 15" MBP base model + $60 for ram upgrade from newegg + $200 intel ssd gen2 w/bing cashback
    $1000 30" dell monitor refurb
  22. LAS.mac macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2009
    I'd go for the MBA. 2.13 Ghz with SSD. And the 24" ACD for hook it up when on the desk.
    I know, there are possibly better deals in terms of performance but, hey, who f*****g cares, those are won moneys! And such combination is such stylish...

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