macbook buying advice

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by adcx64, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. adcx64 macrumors 65816

    adcx64

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    Hi guys,

    Can you please help me! i am 13 and really want a macbook and i need to convince mom to get me one. can you please list the advantages that a mac has over a pc?? THANK YOU :apple::apple:

    ps.. i will use the mac along side with bootcamp to run vista for my old pc programs.
     
  2. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    Why don't you start by telling us what you plan to use the new MB for?
     
  3. adcx64 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    uses

    well im going to use the mac for videos, music,pics, games here and there (crysis and counterstrike),homework and email and internet. :apple:


    in bootcamp im am gonna run vista ultimate and play windows games and use windows based software.


    Thank you
     
  4. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    Things that you listed do not really require Mac, so it's going to be a hard sell. You could try better security and anti-virus, but then you're going to install Windows anyway...

    May be you can take the advice posted in the other thread, instead of Xmas gifts, ask your family to contribute as much as they can. Save up or get a part time job to come up with the rest.
     
  5. iOrlando macrumors 68000

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    you need a sales pitch it is:


    Spend more now but keep the laptop till college. with not many worries

    or

    go to dell or HP..spend half..but really want a new one when you are 16 because something broke...

    meanwhile you have apple envy all the time while using the dell or hp...so in essence make a kid happy for years and go mac.
     
  6. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Or, hey, you can either buy me a macbook, or I'm going to go on some seedy internet forums and download callyway and put it on my dell. Then I'll be breaking the law, violating the Apple EULA and voiding the dell warranty.

    From there, it will be just a small step to illegally downloading movies and mp3's, since you will have forced me to go on to bit torrent sites, often loaded with porn, to find the cracked mac software.

    And when I sell my machine, assuming that I can restore it to whatever version of windows it came with, you'll get close to nothing for it.

    Or, you could use the Honda argument with your Dad. Hondas sell for a premium because they have a high resale value. You can either spend a little more up front, and recoup most of the investment later on, or you can buy a Kia, spend a little bit less up front, and get almost nothing later on when you sell it.

    Honda v. Kia, or white collar criminal v. innocent kid. Take your pick. Good luck.
     
  7. adcx64 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    other reasons that i want a mac is the stability and all the cool mac features
    like: dashboard and iLife.I really love leopard (my cousin has a macbook)
    i think that macs have an overall better quality than pcs.:apple::apple:

    ps thank you for the other ideas above!
     
  8. adcx64 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i dont understand a word that u wrote
     
  9. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    You have to reason it out. What he said are basic arguments in syllogism form. You are 13 right? That means you are around 7th to 8th grade. You will learn to understand reason like that till 11th or 12th grade. But maybe you will learn sooner yourself.

    In any case, just save up. You don't really need a Mac at 13. I can see 18 on because of college or you living on your own. School work wise, a PC suffices at this age. Games, PC has more compatible ones. Internet stuff, any computer can do that. E-mail, see previous statement. Use Windows, a PC already has Windows, no need for boot camp.

    Sorry to break to you, but you really do not need a Mac.

    However, since you want one, I suggest going for the 2.0GHz MacBook. That will handle games well and its chipset is more than capable of handling everyday tasks. It will be pricey since you cannot get the Education discount.

    If price is an issue, you have the 2.1GHz polycarbonate MacBook which is $300 less. Its a very good machine, but it sacrifices graphics a bit.

    Your choice.
     
  10. guitarmaster18 macrumors regular

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    Er... it really wasn't that hard to understand IMO.
     
  11. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    if youre going to want to play Crysis and Counterstrike on a MacBook with integrated graphics then good luck! if you want to play games at a playable framerate then id suggest getting a MacBook Pro which has a dedicated graphics chip.

    if youre not needing portability id suggest getting an iMac which is just as fast as the MacBook Pro.

    but then if your going to mainly game id suggest staying away from the Mac altogether and building your on PC or buying an HP, Dell etc.
     
  12. rasmasyean macrumors 6502a

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    Just get a PC Desktop. You'll be wasting money on a Mac to do that kind of usage and it still won't be as good as a desktop geared for those type of games. You can get a better graphics (make that dual cards even) and like 8 GB of RAM with Vista Ultimate 64-bit installed and some more and it prolly still won't cost as much as a Mac that can run those games well.
     
  13. rasmasyean macrumors 6502a

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    On the plus side...

    I just looked at the prices of the new models.
    Not sure if the price is special for cyber monday, but at these prices, they are comparable and sometimes cheaper than certain equivalent PC laptops. So if you REALLY want a Mac, I think you can tell them this.

    But they are more "Mac Spec" than "Vista Gaming Spec" still.
     
  14. paolo- macrumors 6502a

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    I seriously don't see why a macbook would be all that useful to you. If you're not going to create things or do 'high productivity' stuff, getting a mac is throwing money out the windows.

    The current macbook probably won't be up to speed with games within two years. If that's what you want a computer for, it's useless. If you just want to watch movies, listen to music, chat, browse the web, you don't need a mac either.

    If you don't want to run windows, give Ubuntu a shot. You might learn a thing or two about computers in general. And maybe learn enough to be able to install os x on a PC
     
  15. iOrlando macrumors 68000

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    This is like blasemphy on this site.....

    Mac Operating System....def worth something ...
    Quality... def worth something

    new macbooks are totally fine with games. (COD4 pops to mind). Yes they dont compare to something like alienware..but pretty sure people dont buy macs to get a gaming laptop.
     

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