What Mac should I buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AndreasOL, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. AndreasOL macrumors newbie

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    Hello.
    I am going to buy another Mac as my programming skills has improved, also my Macbook Pro 2010 is getting worse every day.

    I am going to spend about 5000$

    I am open to whatever Mac. iMac, Mac Pro, Macbook Pro, Mac mini, not the MB Air.

    What I do on my Mac:

    25% Web
    20% Programming
    25% Movies
    20% Gaming
    10% Design

    I will also be running both OS X and Windows 7

    I need a really powerful Mac with good graphics that lasts, also a superb processor.

    Thanks for all replies! :)
     
  2. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    if you dont mind glossy displays, 27" iMac is a beast.
     
  3. AndreasOL thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How is that compared to the Mac Pro and a cinema display?
     
  4. robbie12345 macrumors 6502

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    need more info,

    what games?

    any flash web browsing

    do u already have a screen e.g. the mac pro or mini

    for design what programs

    etc
     
  5. Jb07 macrumors 6502

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    If you want portability, MacBook Pro (15 or 17, your choice) with an SSD and 8GBs (or more) of RAM. If you want a desktop, Mac Pro, hands down.
     
  6. Sirolway macrumors 6502

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    Oh good grief - what you already have is more than adequate.
    Maybe buy an SSD & reinstall, but a new mac? Puhlease!
     
  7. Mike Valmike macrumors 6502a

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    Based on your particular set of uses, I would suggest maxing out a Macbook Pro when the new refresh hits later this spring, making sure to get the top GPU option and an SSD for internal storage, adding thunderbolt or USB3 external storage for your movie collection, and then flipping your current MBP on eBay or similar. Your current equipment isn't so far behind the front edge that you're making a substantial workflow jump; rather you are doing about two or three increments worth of upgrade, and when that happens you flip. If you were upgrading from, say, a 2007 or 2008 MBP, I would say to buy the new unit and just keep the old for supplemental utility.

    Hope this helps!
     
  8. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    The Mac Pro does not actually come with a display; that is why the iMac is such a good value when compared to the Mac Pro.

    The Cinema Display and the iMac have the exact same display panel

    A Mac Pro + a Cinema Display would be just as glossy as an iMac.
     
  9. Yamcha macrumors 68000

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    The best choice at the moment will be the highest end iMac 27" customized with a Core i7 Sandybridge with a 6970M 2GB & SSD and 16GB of ram..

    It'll easily outperform the Nehalem in gaming thats for sure, and most likely even in general tasks.. You won't find any use with an 8 - Core Mac Pro unless you do 3D rendering...

    I personally do Web Design and Coding and currently have a Mac Mini 2011 which is sufficient..

    But since your wanting to spend up to $5000 and you want to do gaming then I'd say go for the Highest end iMac..
     
  10. AndreasOL thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have two monitors, but they aren't very good, I really want a better monitor.

    Games like Call of Duty, Battlefield etc..

    Any flash web browsing = YES

    Design for apps, I use Photoshop CS5

    Thanks.

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    Okey, so the best iMac is better that a stock 8 core Mac Pro?

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    How is a Mac Mini with cinema display vs the best iMac?

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    Haha, The only problem with my MB Pro 13" is that i think the screen is too small.... and I want higher resolution :)
     
  11. jmpnop macrumors 6502a

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    iMac is way ahead of Mini when it comes to performance. Either get the iMac or Mac Pro + non-Apple monitor.
     
  12. Winni macrumors 68030

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    As you should know by now, such a Mac doesn't exist -- "graphics that lasts" is not an available option in the industry. If it's really that important for you, buy either a desktop PC or a Mac Pro where you have a chance of replacing an old graphics card against a new one. But since Apple is always at least one generation behind the rest of the industry, you'd be better off with a Hackintosh (if you really need OS X, that is).

    Also, for 5000 bucks, you could get some really powerful Workstations (read: Workstation, NOT your average supermarket PC).

    On the other hand, looking at your use case, the 20% gaming are the only section that demands a powerful computing. And even that only when titles like RAGE are what you want to play. Maybe you should consider buying an Xbox 360 for your gaming needs and a 27" iMac for the rest. Donate the rest of that money to the World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace or something like that.
     
  13. AndreasOL thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Will all software be the same in a hackintosh? will the magic track pad work with it?
     
  14. robbie12345 macrumors 6502

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    thanks for the info

    the mac pros are going to be upgraded very shortly so i dud wait for those and get the 8 core equivalent which by that time will be a 12 core (see 09-10 where the 5k 8 core turned into a 3500 8 core and a 5k 12 core) or maybe even get the stock 6 core if it even is 6 core

    at this point i dud not buy an iMac mbp or mac pro due to upgrades coming soon.

    also have you ever considered getting the base iMac 27 nch for 1700

    it is a very capable computer that is very fast and u can use it as a 27inch screen versus the 1k fior the screen itself

    just trying to help

    you will probably be able to get a 16 core 7950 mac pro when they get updated
     
  15. David085 macrumors 6502a

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    Get the latest iMac or Mac Pro if you are interested in high performances system and high end graphics card that comes with the Mac's
     
  16. qeemat.com macrumors newbie

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    solution....

    For your needs, you should get a MacBook. The Pro is for more advanced uses such editing video and compiling audio. Plus, the MacBook is lighter, cheaper, and you might even be able to get a student discount on it.
     
  17. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    also my Macbook Pro 2010 is getting worse every day.

    So what's wrong with it? Mine works like new!!!
     
  18. Sythas macrumors 6502a

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    i think you should get the 27 inch imac with i7 quad, SSD and 2TB HD, the 2GB graphic card and even with the apple 16GB memory you have a 3,6k$ computer extremly powerful...

    sell your MBP and keep the rest of the money (around 2K$) to change your computer in 3 years if you want... you can be sure that your imac will sell well above 1K$ in 3 years, so a new puter for 3K$ even more powerful.....
     
  19. AndreasOL thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Think its the hard drive... I changed it so that Id hva more storage but its so slow.... and the dual core doesn't of it for me anymore

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    I've earned the money from my apps so don't look at me like a spoiled child heh
     
  20. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    Think its the hard drive... I changed it so that Id hva more storage but its so slow.... and the dual core doesn't of it for me anymore

    That must be the 13" since the 15 and 17" 2010's don't use C2D CPU's.

    I needed more storage as well and changed my stock drive, 320gb 5400 rpm drive for a 750gb 7200 drive and there is a noticeable difference including boot time from about 55 secs to 38 seconds
     

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