time for a new comtpuer

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by t1rider321, Jun 24, 2005.

  1. t1rider321 macrumors regular

    May 8, 2005
    im getting a new computer now i was going to get an imac but cash is tight and i have 1000 dollar limit so what do you guys think

    a mac would be cool but i wouldnt be able to play my games anymore probally and i dont know how good the mini is compared to some of the other pcs out there... what do you guys think

    mac mini

    • 512MB DDR333 SDRAM - 1 DIMM
    • 80GB Ultra ATA drive
    • 4x SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    • Internal Bluetooth + AirPort Extreme Card
    • Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Set - U.S. English
    • 56K v.92 Modem
    • Mac OS X - U.S. English
    • 1.42GHz PowerPC G4
    Estimated Ship:
    1-3 business days

    Free Shipping

    Subtotal $947.00


    these ones on ebay.. are they really made as good as they sound



    or just getting a dell or something right online

    what do you think
  2. NtotheIzoo macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2005

    The links didnt work...What games r u talking about??? I would get the mini. It runs OSX...thats the clincher...
    I'm not a big dell fan, though. If I was to buy a PC i would build my own...you should look into this...cheaper, better parts, and you know what you are working with...just a thought...
  3. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I'm biased, but I would recommend the Mac mini with OS X over a Dell an Windows any day. Just think no virus. As long as you have a display already you are all set. Although I would recommend more memory from Crucial if possible. But if not, I would consider AppleCare as the most important.
  4. tuartboy macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    I'm gonna get stoned for this...

    I'm assuming that you are a younger comuter enthusiast. In that case I would reccommend that if you have not had experience building and working with computers that you spend your cash on parts for a pc and build it from scratch. it's not hard. I built my first back when I was 13 and that was back in the dark ages of IRQs and no plug and play. It was a great learning experience and I was able to not only learn, but build a nice system (for the time) for half the cost of comparable systems from the big boys.

    If you really want to get into the guts, go for a linux distro like mandrake (i think its something else now). It's a very user friendly distro and will hold your hand as you enter the linux realm. For something even a bit more hardcore, I use ubuntu on my servers and I am pleased with the setup although it is more complicated to set up and use.

    For games, get yourself an x800ish card (i saw something in that line with high reviews and a $300 tag earlier today) and dual boot a copy of XP. It is not my OS of choice, but if you are smart and dedicated, you can keep a reasonably secure system. It's nothing like the security and stablility of OSX, but games come with a price and you have to pay it to play.

    Macs are great for everything but games really. They are expensive though and you must be willing to pay for the added stability, beauty, and OSX at the expense of speed sometimes. The 2.7 DP PMs are quite fast, but the same $ on x86 could get you more power and expandability. It's all just a trade off depending on what you need.

    So, it sounds like you need something cheap that can be upgraded to last you for a bit. You woon't find that in a mini. You will probably end up being limited by hard drive size (80gig will go fast!) video memory, and ports. I really suggest the build route.

    Best of luck.

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