Should I switch?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wonga1127, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. wonga1127 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2006
    Wishing for a magic bus.
    hey, im a life long windows user and im really getting sick of this OS. I've been considering buying a Mac for a while now, ever since they announced that intel chips would be going in them. The money is not a problem, but I'm still having second thoughts on taking the plunge. I'd be using it mostly for multimedia creation in macromedia software (fireworks, flash, dreamweaver, etc. and some photoshop) and maybe a small amount of gaming. My eyes are set on a 2.16 Ghz Mac Book Pro. Any reasons for me to back up my stuff, dump my pc on the street, and head to the apple store, or would my best bet be to stay with PCs.
  2. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816


    Dec 24, 2005
    macromedia is on the macs and runs fine (not sure about intel though). gaming would be your only reason to stay with windows. But now that you can dual boot windows onto the MBP, you should just get one of those.
  3. w8ing4intelmacs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 22, 2006
    East Coast, US
  4. nosser macrumors regular


    Jan 25, 2005
    Orange County California
    Of course! you're on a mac forum, what else do you think we'd say. Seriously though if you still need windows dual booting is now a possibility (though I'm not sure how well it works. I'm gonna wait to see how it pans out before I download it.) but yes get a Mac!:D
  5. iShane macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2006
    New York -> SF

    Haha. That was the point I was gonna make.
  6. MacAficionado macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2002
    An awesome place
    Get the MacBook, but don't litter it with Windows. It was a good Project to get Windows installed, but the whole point of the Mac is the OS. If you're tired of Windows as a lot of people are, you won't need Windows.

    Do it, and forget about dual booting.:)
  7. Dr. J macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2006
    DO IT!!!!! I finally made the switch in Jan and will never go back.
  8. kwajaln macrumors 6502


    Sep 18, 2004
    probably not

    If you really have to ask, then just stick with your dell/gateway/whatever windows based pc it is. Besides, I think you know that you should have switched by now anyway, right?
  9. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    A universal photoshop is going to take a very long while to come the meanwhile you can run photoshop under rosetta with results that are sub-par. All the adobe applications (everything YOU want to run) will be made universal in the next cycle of the programs, which could be a while. Adobe will 100% support the transition to intel, but it's not available right now.

    One thing I realized when I switched to Mac after a few years of Windows: Close to NO Maintinence.

    I swear, when you get a mac, your going to feel like running defragmenter because your so used to windows, and having to optimize it all the time. Heres the thing, OSX is always optimized (once in a blue moon you can your maintenance apps)

    Macs feed on RAM, performance jumps over the roof when you get over a gig of ram.

    Since money doesn't appear to be a problem, get a 7200 rpm hard drive for the Macbook.
  10. 4God macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2005
    My Mac

    UUUMMMM...... let me think...............YES.:D
  11. Kelson macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Dallas, TX

    Seeing as how you are asking this question in a Mac forum, I'd say the obvious answer is to keep your Windows PC.

    - Kelson
  12. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    Easy on the guy, he obviously just need some reassurance and maybe some new people to talk about his blossoming love for the Mac:)
    Ofcourse you should switch, it´s such a pleasure to work with Mac´s and OS X
  13. iYooper macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Without a doubt, switch. I had Mac back in the '80s, and bought iMac G5 a year ago. I loved it so much, I just bought a Mac Book Pro! I don't miss Windoze in any way, shape or form. Needless to say, I'm now poor, but happy. I say go for it!
  14. amac4me macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2005
  15. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    Well, actually there was that one time we sent someone back to M$....wasn't there?!?!:D

    No really, there have been many threads where people say Mac is not for them. Many people here have one of each for whatever reason.
    It sounds like it really comes down to the gaming and when you would do the switch. I dont know how well those programs run on the intel yet so you might want to get feedback on that. As far as gaming goes- not much on the Mac side if you are hard core gamer- but if money is no problem maybe either a console or keep a pc strictly for gaming- What games are we talking about?

    Find someone with a Mac and try it for a while- go to an Apple Store (or local apple reseller) and really work with it for a while. See how integrated everything is on the Mac and then you will see why we stay with (or come to) the Mac.

    I have to say no real virus threats, no spyware/adware, etc is a real benefit.
  16. Detlev_73 macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2004
    Roswell, GA
    Make the switch!

    Windoze is EVIL!

    Bill Gates makes way too much money.

    Mac OS X very stable. I've yet to sit down at any WinPC and not have it crap out on me, slow down to a crawl, just shut down, or generally not have to shoot a few lugs right at the middle of the Micro$osft icon.

    Do it! Do it! Do it! (in my best frat party gang bang yell!)
  17. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire

    You could say Windows makes too much money and bill Gates is evil.

    But that is not a reason to leave them. Too much money is not a bad thing unless it is done unethically. Then it is evil! So in this case I believe they both are evil, but really one needs to primarily look at the product at hand and decide if it fits his/her needs better than another. Certainly if he/she was going to make a decision of morals then Apple would win, but it really does come down to needs and what product fits those the best overall.
  18. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Since you've already waited this long, you might as well hang in there just a bit longer until we see the rest of the Intel line-up.

    You current licenses can easily be transferred over to Mac OSX, but you may still be force to pay for a Universal Binary upgrade and that may not be available until Adobe releases CS 3.

    The current PPC versions will run on the MBP, but you'll want to get at least
    2 GB of third party RAM to cover Rosetta's RAM cravings.

    Frankly, I would go for a 17" or 20' iMac as your primary workstation if you
    would rather not go for a PowerMac tower.

    A 17" iMac with 2 GB 3rd party RAM will get you rolling for around $1500.

    I would wait and buy the REV B MBP for portable needs once the Universal Bindary applications have been released.
    You also may then take advantage of the smaller and larger MBP offerings
    as they are released.

    Keep in mind these Yonah Core Duo's are just the first low power dual core processors from Intel.
  19. wonga1127 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2006
    Wishing for a magic bus.
    I've been looking around and decided to use my future Mac for everyday use and multimedia managment and development and my future custom PC rig for gaming only. But don't worry, Bill Gates will see no money as all my copies of Windows are ones I have not payed for.

    I definatley need a new computer no matter what. My current specs are:
    Dell Dimension 3000 2.80 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 (no hyper-threading, 400Mhz FSB)
    ATI Radeon 9250 (PCI bus)
    4x CD-ROM Drive (no burning capabilities, i have a network drive for that)
    256 MB RAM (ouchies)
    40 GB HDD

    Of course these specs aren't bad for a casual internet surfer, but for RAM and Processor heavy programs like photoshop and fireworks, mucho ouchies. It takes me a good 5 mintues for Firefox to start, and my boot time from the time i hit the power button until my user name has loaded and all hard drive activity stops is about 10 minutes.

    Question: While I was writing this my Dell keyboard made me very angry. My spacbar key never works and my left shift key only caps certain letters. Has anybody encountered similar problems on Mac keyboards? Oh yeah, will a mac work on an existing 802.11g wireless signal on a linksys router?
  20. XFce macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2006
    I just recently switched from PC to Mac and do not regret making the switch. Macs are Imo 100000 times better then Pecee’s and even die hard PC users will not deny that Macs are superior when it come to Multimedia so if you’re thinking about buying a Mac my advice to you would be to go for it I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Especially if you’re into Multimedia video editing etc. If you’re afraid to spend a lot of money on a Pc you never used before go to Apples website and locate a Mac dealer and try one before making a final decision.
  21. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    Keyboard should work fine- only problems I have ever had was letter A & N have worn off of my iBook, but never had any real problems mechanically. If you ever do I guess you could just do this thread on keyboard dishwashing:D (I guess it actually worked and have heard this before, but only a last resort.

    YES, linksys router will work wonderful with a Mac. In fact, I am writing this eating breakfast surfing on a linksys wireless 802.11g router using that iBook with faded A & N keys.
  22. in2themystik2 macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2005
    yes yes yes! I switched in December and got an iBook and I absolutely love it, and love OSX. Next I want an iMac... but that won't happen for a while, haha. I have a PC desktop and I use the iBook so much more now that I am getting more used to the Mac OS than the PC after using PC's my whole life! It's a great little package. Good luck! :D

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