Just bought a MBP

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DarkRevenant, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. DarkRevenant macrumors member

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    Just ordered the low end version for college but opted to upgrade the hard drive.

    I'm currently on a Sony Vaio Pentium 4, 2.4 ghz machine with 1.5 gbs of ram. How big of a performance boost will I see?

    This is my first Mac, I'm a little scared to be venturing into new territory right before I head off to college. Any advice from some experienced Mac owners? What are your recommendations for programs to download?

    Thanks.
     
  2. A Pittarelli macrumors 6502

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  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Welcome to Mac ownership and welcome to MacRumors:Forums! You'll find a lot of information both here and on the web. Here are a few resources that may be helpful:

    Mac 101 a tour of the Mac OS X
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    If you search the forums and don't find what you're looking for, just ask! There's lots of friendly help here! Enjoy your new Mac!
     
  4. 11800506 macrumors 65816

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    I think you'll se quite a performance boost from Pentium 4 to Core 2 Duo. It shouldn't be that big of a problem before going to college since it shouldn't take you that long to learn he ins and outs of OS X especially with a site like this. It depends on what you are interested in for downloading, but programs such as Adium are helpful for multi protocal IMing and Candybar is a fun program to play around with your icons and dock.
     
  5. soberbrain macrumors 65816

    soberbrain

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    OS X and iLife have a lot of what you will need right out of the box.

    But for better playback of more video formats, I suggest:

    VLC
    Perian
    Flip4Mac

    Also, for a decent free alternative to MS Office

    Neooffice

    Congrats and have fun with your new MBP!
     
  6. RainForRent macrumors 6502

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    Welcome to the cult of Mac.

    Here's 2 lists of some good applications to look into:
    #1 and #2

    There's probably some overlap, but hey, you'll do just fine.
     
  7. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816

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    Welcome to our little group of groupies. You will enjoy the MAC and eventually ask yourself, "How did I ever get anything done on a PC?"
     
  8. jaikob macrumors 6502

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    YEAH Lets go jump off that cliff over there!!!:eek:



    what.. Nobody? Well crap.
    :cool:
     

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