Some Advice on 1st Mac!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by labman, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit
    Been a PC guy for 20 plus years looking to get my 1st Mac. I love Photography and Video editing haven't done it allot though. so that is a big interest I have other then that mostly internet I was looking at craigslist Like some input I like to be under $500 really!

    1. Mini Mac new to used $450-$575
    * 2GHz Intel Intel Core 2 Duo / 1GB DDR3 SDRAM / 120GB hard drive / SuperDrive DVD±RW/CD-RW
    * NVIDIA 9400M / Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11n (draft), Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
    * Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard / 1 Year Warranty

    2. mac Clone price is good but scary too $375

    2.2 Ghz dual core processor
    2 gigs of Ram (can upgrade to four)
    80 gig sata hard drive
    Intel 945 Graphics
    Wireless keyboard and mouse
    dual layer dvd burner with lightscribe.

    OSX 10.5.7
    Adobe cs4 suite
    Office for Mac 2008
    VMWae Fusion (Run windows through the mac)
    Toast titanium 10
    Ilife 2009

    3. G4 Mini $199

    • 1.25GHz PowerPC G4 processor with 512K on-chip level 2 cache at full processor speed, 167 MHz system bus
    • 1 gig of 400MHz DDR SDRAM (PC-3200) main memory
    • 40GB Ultra ATA hard drive
    • Slot-loading Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
    • ATI Radeon 9200 with 32MB of DDR SDRAM with AGP 4X support
    • Built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet and 56K V.92 modem

    4 G4 QuickSilver $120

    867-MHz PowerPC G4
    256K L2 at 867 MHz
    2MB L3 at 217 MHz
    40GB (7200 rpm)
    NVIDIA GeForce2 MX with
    32MB of SDRAM
    SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
    Two ports
    Two ports
    Four slots
    AirPort ready

    other Ideas if you have them really I am just looking for some good advice to move into the Mac arena best bang for the buck really...
  2. mac2x macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2009
    A new base Mac mini for $560 or whatever will be far better than any of those old PPC Macs. Stay away from those; compatibility will become a major problem for you.

    I don't recommend those unless you happen to be a collector of some kind. :D
  3. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
  4. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...I just went thru the same process as you and was looking at the mini's...

    Unfortunately the base PX only got the "expensive" mini's in at $789 so I started looking for a refurb white macbook at the apple store for $749 but realized they wouldn't ship to a military FPO address with out using a re-shipper (raising the cost ~$100)...

    I got a NIB iMac when the new models came out for $979 and the $$ saved got me 4GB RAM and Applecare for $50 less than the cost of the newer 20" iMac...

    I liked it so much that when they put the 2.0 whitebooks on clearance, I snapped up one for $747 NIB and got 4GB RAM, a 320 scorpio blue and apple care for a total cost of $1033 = just $34 dollars more than the newer 2.13 whitebook would have cost me for the standard model with 160 GB HDD, 2 GB RAM (that I would have upped anyway) and no applecare...

    About a month later, I was able to source an OEM winXP disk for $38 and fusion for $39... those also went into the whitebook to use with a couple work programs that run better under IE than they do with Safari or Firefox due to the Citrix app that they also use...

    I'd go with the 2.0 whitebook refurb for $749 so you get the added portability over the mini & its easier to upgrade the whitebook vs. opening the mini...
  5. phairphan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2005
    Reject Beach
    Seconded. These are great machines.

    Stay away from PPC models and since you're new to Mac, I'd recommend staying away from hackintoshes/mac clones. They're fine as a hobby system, but you lose one of the advantages of moving to Mac: stuff (sort of) just works. With the clones, you have to be careful about OS updates breaking things and new hardware components being compatible. It's kind of a pain unless you're into that sort of thing.
  6. Mew2468 macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2009
    Home of the 2010 Winter Games
    I also recommend getting a Mac Mini. They're a very good machine, look great, and don't take up much room.

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