Switching - again. Need some advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mwpeters8182, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. mwpeters8182 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Hey Everyone,

    So here's my current situation. I've got a laptop that my office gives me, so I wanted to replace my MacBook with a desktop. Looking around, I wasn't really happy with the iMac/Mac Mini, especially given the price, so I went out and bought a PC.

    Mistake. I've not been able to get used to Vista. I'd be fine using it when I had to reboot the machine to play TF2 in bootcamp or something, but not for daily use. Luckily, I've got a mini for my development machine in the office.

    So I'm now looking to switch back - I've realized my foray back into the windows world was a mistake. But what machine to get? I'm trying to decide between:

    1) MacBook - solid machine, I could hook it up to my current monitor, but I woudln't be able to play any games on it (though I could always pick up the orange box for PS3)

    2) MacBook pro - Expensive, but would be fine for gaming. My only question, would the Penryn models be worth the extra cash over the refurb that are in the store now?

    3) iMac - I'd obviously have to wait for an update, and even then, I've also already got a monitor that's fine for my use. Not sure I need the 20" screen, my 17" widescreen works fine for me.

    4) Mac mini - cheaper, but not sure it's worth the money. Also, same issue w/ games.

    I'd really like that prosumer tower right now. :)

    What does everyone think? This computer's going have to last a while, as well.
  2. bertpalmer macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2007
    Depends what you are going to do with it.

    All you mentioned was gaming in which case I'd recommend a console.

    If not something dedicated then either the imac or MBP.
  3. mwpeters8182 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Thanks for the response - I probably should have elaborated there. Just normal day to day use. iTunes, some basic photo editing, probably a decent amount of coding (the iPhone SDK is one of the major reasons I want to get back to the mac.) I'm also using my current PC as a media server (TVersity to my PS3).

    I don't play a ton of games on the computer, but that would be something I had to take into account (I do enjoy TF2, but it can be played on the PS3). I really don't need something terribly high powered, but I'd like it to be a bit future-proof, at least as much as it can be in the tech world.
  4. bertpalmer macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2007
    I'd go for a macbook then.

    It'll perform pretty well with most things.
  5. hotzenplotz macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2007
    Personally, a refurb 15 inch MB Pro would be what I would get right now. I have one, and is a great multi-purpose machine; from email, web developing, and playing "Ciderized" games, it runs it all.
  6. jdwingnut macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2008
    In the Redwoods, California
    New MBP Santa Rosa's in the clearance section with education discount are $1499 for 2.2 128Mb vram and $1699 for 2.4 256Mb vram.

    These are new, not refurb units. Either of these are a very good deal for what you get, and so close in price to a new Mackbook, are worth taking a look at.

    Good luck in your choice.
  7. EB66 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    whatever you decide to get, the refurbs are a steal right now

    id go macbook and use a gaming console for games

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