The New Computer Dillemma

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

  1. greenguy4 macrumors 6502

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    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

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

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    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

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

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

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