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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SMkdesigns, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. SMkdesigns macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2007
    Ok i am 19 years of age! i attend college i am at my girlfriends house every day or usually at home or school! I use to have an alienware desktop which i sold to get a alienware laptop all bad ideas i know i know! But i am going to be using final cut express and photo editing apature and some gaming!

    My choices are buying a new 20 inch imac with 2.4gz and the 256 video card memory and the 320 hardrive and such

    Or the base line macbook pro with 2.2 intel core 2 duo and the 128 nvida gforce card with a 120gb hardrive! which cost like 300 more dollars for the laptop!

    I know to alot of you out there this probablly is not that big of a deal but to me it is huge! i cant decide! I LOVE LOVE the imac big screen and i love the keyboard and mouse!

    But how much am i home! I will only do gaming at home! Honestly the only intense gaming or graphics i do will be at home but i would also love to have the portabilty of a laptop that is powerful! I cnt afford to buy a laptop and then and a monitor right away so that card is out!

    I just dont know what to do
  2. dooker777 macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2007
    Get a MBP, a good case (Brenthaven or similar), and apple care. It should last you through college.
  3. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    save your money and pay for tuition and take english 101 :p

    get the mbp. laptops are a must for a student.
  4. eluk macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2006
    East London, UK
  5. seany916 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2006
    Southern California
    For your particular set of needs, stick with PC.

    For gaming, you notebook better be damn fast. Cheaper to have a dedicated gaming computer at home. Given it's faster CPUs, you could run your editing, number crunching, CPU taxing programs on it. If you can afford it, get a crappy, low end notebook for taking notes in class and wireless internet.

    Running 2 platforms can be something of a pain because you start to like one more than the other after a while. MBP is okay for your needs, but it is pretty pricey.

    think it through before you drop the money
  6. tehdee macrumors member

    May 7, 2006
    get the imac and then buy a used first gen mb or an old 12" pb for lugging around.
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    The iMac is a good casual gaming machine but not suited to intense gaming. I know, I have 2. If you can deal with less intense gaming, the iMac can handle that but seeing as you are on a tight budget a gaming PC would be a more effective solution. A decent one comparable to the iMac can be built for less than $1000. You would have enough left over to get a refurb MacBook or cheap PC laptop for school work.
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Given your stated needs, I'd recommend the MBP.

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