PC's vs Mac's Help Needed

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gazfocus, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. gazfocus macrumors 68000

    gazfocus

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    I currently have a Windows PC and a Windows Laptop, and I am looking to change completely to Mac's (used to have a Powerbook but it got killed).

    I will be buying a mac pro and a Macbook Pro between now and the summer.

    The thing is, I need a PC for some of the Web Developement I do, so I can't decide whether to buy keep the laptop or the desktop pc. It would be useful having a Windows Laptop to take around when needed, but I don't know if I'd get a lot for my desktop PC on ebay.

    Anyone got any thoughts?
     
  2. smogsy macrumors 6502a

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    web development as in .net software as thats the only thing of that doesnt run in mac osx :p
     
  3. fridgeymonster3 macrumors 6502

    fridgeymonster3

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    I've always had PC's until my new mac pro (greatest computer purchase of my life) and I can understand the slight concern. Can I ask why you need a PC for Web Development? I do web design and basically use Flash CS3 and a little Dreamweaver, which both I like better on the mac. What are you using for web design that isn't available on a mac? Or do you just want a windows pc around for testing sites on both platforms? I kept my old Dell notebook around just to do some testing b/t pc and mac.
     
  4. Antares macrumors 68000

    Antares

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    Like many people would say, you can get a full windows PC on a Mac by installing Windows via bootcamp (if you really need some Window's only applications). However, even though I'm not a professional web designer, I haven't found anything that I can't do on my Mac when I do need to do a little bit of site and database design. Unless you want to save money by not having to buy another copy of Windows, I see no major reason to keep the laptop and desktop PC (especially if they're older).
     
  5. fridgeymonster3 macrumors 6502

    fridgeymonster3

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    If you are worried about .Net you can use CFML (ColdFusion) and run the Adobe software on the Mac platform
     
  6. gazfocus thread starter macrumors 68000

    gazfocus

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    Thanks for all your comments

    Basically, I do web developement for my church, my university, and other things (I'm not a pro...I'm still a uni student), but when I am doing my church website, I sometimes have to go to my church leaders house and go through some stuff with him, and it would just make life a little easier on a windows PC (hence wanting a PC laptop).

    Ideally, I would rather not put Windows on a Macbook Pro because I will want as much hard drive space as possible.
     
  7. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    I'd just bootcamp XP on your MBP. You can fit a streamlined XP installation and a host of applications on a 5 gb partition; that's pocket change.
     
  8. notnek macrumors 6502

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    Agree with directly above me. If you need .NET then just run bootcamp. Anyway you do it, if you're into web development, keep a windows machine around so you can check compatibility between browsers.
     
  9. gazfocus thread starter macrumors 68000

    gazfocus

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    Thanks. Didn't know it would be that small a partition :)
     

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