The Big $1,600 Question.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by TheGreatEscape, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. TheGreatEscape macrumors newbie

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    I'm thinking of getting a Mac. Good idea I think?

    It was either that or an HP which was also good. I'll be getting it in June and I have a few questions to ask before I purchase one.

    I'm getting the aluminum uni-body $1,600 one.

    1. Will I be able to run Phantasy Star Online and Phantasy Star Universe on it, or do I need to run it on Bootcamp?

    2. How deep will the student discount be? It's at $100 so far, but will it go any lower? Will I also get an iPod Touch or nano with it?

    3. Will it be good enough for college?

    4. How long will it last?

    And I think that's all for now...
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    There is no Mac version of either of those games, so you'll need Windows.

    You get a $100 discount. You get no iPod until summer.

    Sure.

    Four years, provided you don't need video editing software, in which case you don't need to be buying a MacBook, anyway.
     
  3. TheGreatEscape thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    You can buy Windows virtually anyplace that sells software, in-store or online.
     
  5. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    You buy Windows or get it with an MSDN account.
     
  6. kindablue09 macrumors regular

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    You could buy a refurb 3.06 imac (w/o the ipod promo) for the same price.
     
  7. TheGreatEscape thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't want anything used.
    Should I upgrade the 2GB to 4GB?
     
  8. Beric macrumors 68020

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    The Apple-certified refurbs and in incredible condition and with a full warranty by Apple. There's really no reason not to get one, especially if you get Applecare.
     
  9. TheGreatEscape thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I know.

    It's a matter of me being very OCD about things like that.
     
  10. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...if :apple: would ship to a US military address with out me having to use a re-shipper, I'd be getting a refurb vs. using the base PX where I'm stationed...put the $$ saved toward applecare!
     
  11. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a

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    What's with all these people asking about getting cheap HPs versus macs??? I guess MS's "cheap" HP's versus "cool" Macs ads are really working, aren't they?

    Well, good for them, finally got one working.
     
  12. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I think you should seriously reconsider why you're buying a Mac in the first place. If you want OS X, great. If you want a Mac because it's "cool" and are only going to run Windows/Boot Camp, just get a PC laptop and save money.
     
  13. TheGreatEscape thread starter macrumors newbie

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    HP is great. My old one lasted a while before I replaced because it was getting too old and I was running out of space. I've used a Toshiba which was horrible, and a Sony which died in a year. HP was the only one that seemed to pull through.

    I'm not getting it because it's "cool". -.-

    I've always wanted to try out an Apple. And I thought now that I have a job, why not save up and buy for one? I heard it's a mean machine and frankly I'd thought it would be nice to try one out.
     
  14. trevpimp macrumors regular

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    If anything looks bad they will replace it. But yeah I get what you mean.

    Yes, thats probably the best way you can get a refurb :p
     
  15. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Ok, I didn't mean my previous comment to be derisive ;-) My only point was that if you're buying a Mac only to run Windows and Windows apps on it, you'll get much better value with a native Windows machine. But if you want to try OS X and run Windows, the unibody MB should last you a couple years.
     

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