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  1. tawny2203 macrumors newbie

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    hi all.

    i know nothing really about computers:( am looking into buying my 16 year old a desk top, at present he has an every day computer with vista on it, i think......:confused:

    he would love a mac and i have been looking at the 27inch but have come across two models and don't know what the differance is, so can any one give me some advice?

    the models are mc952b/a and mb952b/a

    want a computer for general use, does like to play some games on it .
     
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    You named the same model twice: mc952b/a and mb952b/a.

    If you go the Apple's Online Store, you see two models (actually three), one using a Core 2 Duo CPU (3.06GHz) and one (two) Quad Core model(s).
    If gaming is the main interest of your son, better get a PC, as gaming is not the strong suit of Macs. But if it is for general use, the Core 2 DUo model might suffice, unless you have the money and can get the Quad Core model(s), then get either the i5 or i7.
    The difference between a Core 2 Duo and a Quad Core is the amount of threads it can calculate at the same time. The C2D can only have two threads, the i5 can have four, the i7 can have eight, thus the more threads it can handle the faster it is, if the software is written for it.



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  3. tawny2203 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    are you saying that that even tho one starts with mc and the other mb they are the same model? sorry to be so thick.

    he only plays a couple of games on line, i din't really understand any think about computers. the one i've looked at has


    hard drive 1tb

    memory 4gb

    processor 3.06ghz core 2 duo ( what ever that means:))

    graphics 256 mb


    he's hopefully starting college in sept and they use mac and he has always gome on about them being the best. i want to surprise him but just don't know where to start
     
  4. tawny2203 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    by the way thanxs for answering and trying to explain it to me:)
     
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    Yes. I was the one being thick, as both model names led me to the same result, thus I mis-concluded and misread the mc and mb.

    Then the entry 27" iMac should more than suffice, even the 1.499 USD 21.5" iMac is more than enough for this, as those games most probably use Flash. Or do you maybe know the titles of those games, so we could gather, if they need better graphic card options?

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  6. tawny2203 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    the main game is rune scape, don't know if i have spelt that right. is he right then in saying that mac is the best?

    so just to confirm mc and mb model is the same thing?

    thank you for your help ever so much
     
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    The game is called RuneScape and it is an in-browser game, that uses Java, thus even the entry level 21.5" iMac can run it.

    I don't know, if a Mac is the best, as I quite don't like superlatives, but a Mac is quite a good machine with quite an excellent operating system. But I'm biased, as I use Mac OS X daily and can't stand Windows anymore.

    The MB952B/A iMac is the 27" i5 iMac for 1.999 USD, the MC952B/A is the 27" C2D iMac for 1.699 USD.

    The C2D is more than sufficient for your son's needs, even the 21.5" entry level iMac will suffice. No need to spend more money than necessary.
     
  8. tawny2203 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    brill..................:)i now have an understanding of what i'm doing and what i need to get for him. you explained it all so well. thank you so much:):)
     

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