Need advice for right Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by vegasj76, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. vegasj76 macrumors member

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    Apologies if this has been asked & answered; I searched but didn't find anything related.

    Budget: < $1500 USD.

    Needs, in order of importance:
    1. Play World of Warcraft.
    2. Develop iPhone applications.
    3. Boot to windows (xp or win 7) to develop in .Net with Visual Studio 2008 (this is my job, I have to do it).
    4. If laptop, at least 15" screen.

    This will be my first mac since having a quadra over 10 years ago, so I don't really know anything about Macs now. I guess the big answer I'm looking for here is "you need to go mb pro" or "you don't really need a pro, a regular mb is fine for your needs" or "for your budget, iMac is the way to go."

    Also, if i go iMac, I can use my own keyboard/mouse, right? I've got a very nice das keyboard (daskeyboard.com) and a g9 logitech mouse I'd like to use on this mac.

    Thank you for looking. Again, I did try searching for good comparisons, but most of them are outdated by a year or more.
     
  2. iGuardian macrumors 6502a

    iGuardian

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    The iMac is your best fit. Yes, you can use your own mouse and keyboard, assuming they are USB.
     
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

    thegoldenmackid

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    Simply depends on how much portability you need. If it is not a biggie, I'd go for the iMac. If you do have a notebook now and find yourself using that feature, then get a 15" MacBook Pro, possibly a refurb.

    Both computers will be (more than) adequate for what you need.
     
  4. TerrorOFdeath macrumors member

    TerrorOFdeath

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    Why don't you consider an MacMini?

    WOW will run even on an the 9400 just fine, and you can use an TFT if you have one, or buy a better one than the iMac offers.

    + you also will have an portable device.

    Tod
     
  5. vegasj76 thread starter macrumors member

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    I didn't even consider the Mini because I assumed it wouldn't be able to handle a video game like WOW. I might just go this route!

    Thanks to everyone else for the suggestions!
     
  6. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

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    You mean a Mac mini and on the 9400M and can use your own monitor and a portable device.
     
  7. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

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    Mac Mini or iMac! both will serve your needs and will be able to take your hardware so long as they are usb [​IMG]
     

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