iMac 20" vs MacBook (white) trade.. or no?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Andy348, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. Andy348 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2009

    2.1 Ghz
    4GB Ram
    Combo drive
    144MB graphics
    White 13"
    Applecare up in 1 month, eligibile for 3 yr


    iMac 20"
    2.66 Ghz
    2GB Ram
    256MB graphics
    Wired mouse & keyboard
    Applecare up in 6 months, eligible for 3 yr

    Now it seems obvious that the iMac is better in terms of performance and everything but I really don't know what to do. I'm currently in grade 11 and I don't need to portability of the MacBook. I'd like to be able to run Steam through Parallels while on OS X without fans going up or lagging a bit and I'd like to be able to play CS in a partition on Windows. I really like desktops (I have a PC desktop) because I use it less, which is a good thing, and I enjoy it more with speakers and such. Next year I'll be going to cegep (quebec only thing, pretty much pre-university) where I'll want a laptop. What I figure is that I buy one of those Dell 10" things and hackintosh it and write my notes on there. My dad thinks that I shouldn't trade because I'm going to want a laptop really badly when I'm in cegep, but the netbook seems like a good median, with great battery life and Windows 7 or OS X.

  2. JessicaD macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2009

    If you would like to learn more about Windows 7 in an effort to help you with your deicision Microsoft does have a site with whitepapers, tutorials, walkthroughs and screen casts on all the “under the hood” features in Win 7. Check out the Springboard site for Windows 7 on TechNet here

    Microsoft Windows Client Team
  3. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    I'm using a hackintosh (dell mini 10v) and I love it. It's great for everything I do that's not on Adobe or Final Cut. I use mobileme, xmarks, and evernote to sync all the things I use on the go. With some patience and diligent shopping, I was able to pick up a color-cased, 160gb HD, 6-cell battery model at the dell outlet for $250 shipped (the mini9's, which are a bit small-screened for me, are on 2-day sale for $199 right now). I popped in a 2gb stick of RAM for $30 and it flies. If you can, I would recommend trying out the mini before you make the trade - that should make dad happy. He is, afterall, just trying to help you make the right call for the long term.
  4. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    That's a huge negative in my opinion. You're going to pay the other person an extra $300 for a desktop (when you already have a desktop)?

    I'm confused. If you already have a PC desktop, why bother running Parallels or creating a partition for gaming? Surely your desktop would make a better gaming machine, and even if it doesn't at the moment, $300 can go a long ways to making it one (which is the equivalent amount you would have had to spend for the iMac).

    Is there a particular reason you want to game on a Mac?
    With the additional $300 you're adding onto your macbook in order to secure the iMac, you could get yourself a decent netbook and still have a laptop for bigger projects. You will want a notebook if the cegep setting is anything like a typical university. A netbook is good for notes and daily tasks, but what about projects that require collaboration? Your little netbook can't always troop through those things wheras a macbook would be able to do far better.

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