Well, I have $400...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Andy348, May 21, 2010.

  1. Andy348 macrumors 6502

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    Long story short, I've got $400 to spend on my set up. Now I'd prefer not to spend it all, but if its something that I really want, I won't mind.

    My current set up (crappy Bold pics):

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    Now here is what I'm thinking...

    1. Mac Mini + 2x 24"

    I'd sell my MacBook (2.1GHz, 4GB, 500GB, 2 years Applecare) for roughly $800 and buy a Mac Mini for $800 w/tax incl, etc. Then I'd spend $200 on another monitor and just use two 24" ASUS monitors. The only problem with this is I'm going to Cegep next year (Quebec only thing, kind of a pre-college, can use laptops in class) and I'm worried that I might want to use a laptop there. Then again, it could just distract me.

    Total Cost: approx $250

    2. New Speakers

    My current speakers aren't bad but I was looking for some nicer + better options. I'm looking at the M-Speakers to replace my Bose ones. I figure $230 for them (because of tax) and I might be able to sell mine for around $40.

    Total Cost: $190

    3. New Computer

    Sell my MacBook, buy a new MacBook. Everything is pretty much a speed boost and they have multitouch which is also nice. Cost would be pretty expensive... Sell my MacBook + Elevator stand, adapter, case, etc. for $850 then buy a new MacBook for approx 1K refurbished, with sales tax, approx 1.2K

    Total Cost: $350ish

    4. New Phone

    Judging by the pics, the Bold 9000 is getting kind of old. Sell it for $300, buy a new phone for around $450.

    Total Cost: $150

    So there we have it. I would have already gone for option #1 if I knew for a fact that I wouldn't use a computer much next year. I really don't have a clue. Any ideas?
     
  2. BurningJah macrumors regular

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    Hard question

    This is really a hard thingy!
    the first thing what you want to ask yourself is what I need! do I really need a new macbook. because the white MB is still pretty good!
    The speakers are bose so you know the soundquality is still good! I don't really know the m-speakers but I believe you when you say they are super! the only thing I know is don't buy the mac mini when you can use a laptop in college!
     
  3. tomscott1988 macrumors 6502

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    Wait

    You could wait and save an extra while longer and have it all? Or you could leave your set-up as it is and use the macbook as the main computer using it for portability and as a desktop when you get home in dual screen mode?
    In terms of a phone who spends 450 on a phone! you crazy?? get a contract, because the phone will either be free of at least a 1/3 of the price!
    The Bose speakers you have I know arnt the best Bose offer, but are still very good and if your traveling they are a good compromise on size and quality! what they are designed for is portability.
     
  4. Andy348 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    450 for an unlocked phone isn't very much. An iPhone 3GS 32GB is around $600.

    Just bought some Harman Kardon Soundsticks II though, very happy with them!
     
  5. brendu macrumors 68020

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    your current setup is pretty solid... I would wait a while longer, maybe 6 more months then when the i5/i7 macbooks get some software updates... you could even wait a few years really your setup is not bad in any way.

    maybe get the new iPhone unlocked when it comes out... **** att's new termination fees...
     
  6. 7thMac macrumors 6502

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    Interesting post. Consider doing nothing. Your alternatives do not result in a significantly better setup so you are just churning equipment / money. Instead of a phone, consider purchasing a camera. You could buy a small Canon for the difference in outlay and its quality would blow away any $450 phone that you are considering.
     
  7. Patrick J macrumors 65816

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    I would do nothing.

    Your current setup works fine.
     
  8. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    I didn't see your backup drive. If you don't have one, 100 or so of your dollars go right now to a 1 TB USB drive. That's the most important investment you could possibly make.
     

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