mac or pc decision

Discussion in 'iMac' started by frocco, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. frocco macrumors 6502

    frocco

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    Which mac would I have to get to compare to this HP that cost around 1750.00. Trying to convince myself to get a mac. Wanted the MP, but am getting tired of waiting for the refresh. So imac or MBP.

    I play Black Ops, and program in PHP.
    Thanks

    Operating system Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit]
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 quad-core processor with Turbo-Boost [up to 3.8GHz, 8MB cache]
    Memory 9GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [3 DIMMs]
    Hard drive 2TB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
    Office software No additional office software
    Security software SAVE $30 on Norton Internet Security(TM) 2011 - 15 month
    Graphics card 1.5GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 [2 DVI, HDMI, VGA adpt]
    Power Supply 600W Power supply
    Primary optical drive SuperMulti DVD Burner
    Networking Premium Wireless-N LAN card and Bluetooth(R ) (2x2)
    Productivity ports 15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB 2.0 (front), audio, 2 USB (top rear-facing)
    Sound Card Beats Audio (tm) -- integrated studio quality sound
    Keyboard and Mouse Premium HP keyboard and optical mouse
    Your additional options:
    Monitor HP 2511x 25-inch LED Monitor
     
  2. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    Why would you want a Mac, then?

    You will not get close to that price/performance based on specifications.
     
  3. res1233 macrumors 65816

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    If the "Programming in PHP" thing is part of what he does for a living, I can understand wanting to buy the most reliable laptop out there. The question is why do you need such a powerful setup in the first place if that's indeed all you use it for? 9GB of RAM seems like overkill.
     
  4. apw100 macrumors regular

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    Specs are a non-issue with what you are programming. If you plan on using the computer mostly for gaming, then I'd go with the PC.

    If you want a computer with a semi-pro display that is no-nonsense and high-quality, go with the Mac. The IPS display on the Mac will be a lot nicer than the HP's, but if you are just gaming then it won't matter.
     
  5. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    You want him to buy an Asus or a Toshiba?

    Customer satisfaction is not the same as reliability.
     
  6. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I do some gaming, but I do program for a living.
    I almost purchased an asus g74 from amazon, but they sold out over the weekend. Then raised their price and I was told that if I opened it, a 15% restock fee would be required.

    macRumors says not to buy the MBP or MP now, so that just leave the Imac or mac mini. I do not have a monitor, so I would need to purchase it.
     
  7. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    All of these are good machines. If you are gaming, you can do a lot better for a lot less. You can do the programming on anything.
     
  8. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I almost purchased the top imac for 2800.00 with tax this weekend, but bailed out the last minute because of the cost.

    I like the apps better on mac over pc (excluding games)
    I used to use MoneyWell for home finance, and miss it.

    even the top mac mini will cost me over 1000.00 with screen, keyboard, mouse.

    I think I might regret it if I do not get the higher configuration.

    I was thinking of just going to an apple store and getting the 27", but they do not have the 2gig video card or 2tb drive. Not sure if I need al this, but wanted to future proof.
     
  9. ericmooreart macrumors regular

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    build a dual boot hackentosh for about $900 and have the best of both worlds.

    Mine lets me play SC2 on ultimate graphics settings using the Radeon HD 6870
     
  10. apw100 macrumors regular

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    I'm getting the 27" i7 w/ the 2GB VRAM option. Forget the 2TB hard drive, just get an external drive. Also, don't upgrade your RAM from Apple, you can get 16GB from Newegg for $100 and install it yourself. Apple wants $600!
     
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  12. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, I did not know about the ram option.

    Do you have a link?
     
  13. 4zuresky, Sep 1, 2011
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    4zuresky macrumors member

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    For ram, go to new egg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231342 If you look at the specs, those are the specs you want for the 2nd gen sandy bridge processors. I just bought the G.Skill myself like 2 weeks ago and its been working great ever since. Make sure you get LAPTOP ram because iMacs use laptop ram. Conclusion: get laptop rams that are SO-DIMM, DDR3 1333 (PC-10600), and 204 pin.
     
  14. apw100 macrumors regular

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    I have that GSkill memory too and its works perfectly with the iMac. You can order the GSkill PC-10600 or PC-10666, its all the same thing, just different names.
     
  15. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just got the iMac 27" 2gig gpu.

    It's not just about gaming, I like the whole mac experience.
    I use some mac software that I like and could not find anything on the PC end that suited me. *MoneyWell, debtinator) are a few.
     
  16. reedomann macrumors member

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    You should buy a Mac. But, you can still play Black Ops on an Xox if you have one
     
  17. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Or, just boot into Windows when you need to in order to play games.
     

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