Switching everything, need advices

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by guuguus, May 25, 2012.

  1. guuguus, May 25, 2012
    Last edited: May 25, 2012

    guuguus macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012

    I recently sold my gaming PC (4.6ghz 2700k with GTX 570 and SSD) and i'm left with my school laptop (a HP c2d 2Gb ram 160Gb piece of crap with a kind of dead huge 12 cells battery).
    I'm not patient at all, and I want to have a snappy computer.
    I tried an iPad3 but sold it because I didn't find it convenient.

    After July I can choose between giving my laptop back to my school, or paying 100€ and keep it.
    In september I start working and will have a work PC laptop.
    I will probably replace my SGS1 for the next iPhone.

    Im waiting for the new Macs to finally buy a decent setup again, but I can't decide which way to go!

    What I do:
    - Multitasking (mail client, 5-6 tabs in chrome, itunes, and video playback... which absolutely KILLS my current HP laptop...)
    - Occasionnally Raw photo editing with lightroom and PS with many plugins (HP laptop is screaming of pain with this)
    - I would LOVE to play Diablo 3 (very casual gaming, maybe 2h/day max) and it would be nice to play some Skyrim and BF3, but I could live without it, it's not an obligation.

    I have a lot of data (about 2.2Tb), HD movies are on a 2Tb Samsung F4 and other stuffs (about 600Gb of music, photos, documents) on another F4, I have a USB3 dual HDD dock to hold them both. That dock is a bit noisy and needs to be right next to the computer.
    The second F4 is backed up on a 2,5" 1Tb My Passport.

    I would like your thoughts about the following scenarios:

    Solution 1:
    Buy a 2012 MBA in July (assuming they are out), and then buy a fully loaded 2012 iMac in september with a airport extreme and a Synology NAS with 2*2Tb to make 2*2Tb in Raid1 to reduce the hassle to sync both computer.

    having 3 computers (imac, mba and work laptop), one of them will be less useful and may become unused over time (hint: it will NOT be the work laptop ;/ )
    hassle to sync both machines
    I can do whatever i want, and will be able to play games
    the MBA will be a dream when on the move

    Solution 2:
    Buy a maxed out 15" 2012 MBP in July, upgrade SSd and ram and in september buy a Thunderbolt Display.

    will I have enough power to play some games?
    having a 15" will not be as transportable as a 13" MBA
    I will need to rely on that stupid noisy dock at home, will probably need to buy a NAS
    very clean desktop, all my things on one machine

    Solution 3:
    Spend 100€ to keep my HP computer from school, wait september so I get the company's laptop and buy an maxxed out iMac.

    I may commit suicide during summer, or throw my HP by the window
    Really, that HP laptop is freaking slow... and HDD is always full
    No macbook on the move!
    Cheapest solution

    Thanks for your advice!

    (please forgive eventual errors, im French :D )
  2. guuguus, May 25, 2012
    Last edited: May 25, 2012

    guuguus thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    It's hard to tell, I saved a lot of money so I could use 5000€ to buy this setup, but do I really need to spend that much? I don't think so...
    Let's say that I have the budget for all the solutions that I said (with maxxed out macs), but I need to choose the most practical.

    The MBA i want is about 1900€
    MBP: 3000€ + 200-300€ upgrade
    iMac: 3000-3200€ + 150€ upgrade
  3. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    Get the MBP + TBD and an AEBS.

    I love the portability of having a MacBook with everything I need in it. I keep everything on my MacBook but I don't have TB worth of data. I have a few DVDs I've ripped over the years on here that I could probably delete but that's about it.
  4. guuguus thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    Yeah that's definitely what I will do.
    Macbooks 15" packs some serious horsepower and it will be even better with 2012 refresh.

    I just hope that they will be upgrade-able like the current ones! Throw 16Gb ram and 256 SSD and it will be perfect!

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