The New Computer Dillemma

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by greenguy4, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. greenguy4 macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2005
    My trusty iBook G4 is about to bite the dust and it is time for a new computer. I am a student and I need all the basics plus I like to dabble on the power-user side. I mess around a bit with video/photo editing. I am looking to spend around $1500
    The two options I was considering were either getting a mid-end macbook. Or getting a low end iMac and a very cheap PC laptop.

    I pretty much need a laptop for school and I also study abroad so the few times I go home I take my computer with me, but I really want to have the larger screen that comes with the iMac plus the addittional power would be nice. If i got the pc laptop I would want to spend about $400 and only use it for word processing, basic internet, and when I traveled.
    What do you reccommend?
  2. MacHipster macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007
    A low-end MBP with the education discount will be around $1600.
  3. tsice19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2008
    You should be able to afford a refurbished MBP (haven't checked prices lately though).

    Or a High end MB.

    Or a Middle of the road iMac.

    Or a souped up Mac Mini

    But not a Mac Pro.
  4. greenguy4 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2005
    I havnt looked at refurb pricing yet but is it that much better than the educational discount?
  5. nhcowboy1 macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    Have you seen this thread, started today? It looks made to order for you!

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