Yes another 'which Mac should I buy thread' :P

Discussion in 'iMac' started by LiloThePleo, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. LiloThePleo macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2010
    After saving up my Christmas money, doing some serious budgeting and so on I am pleased to say that one the 20th of Jan I will have enough to buy my very first iMac (not my first Mac though, I had an old black and white apple Mac II when I was a kid, lol). I am only going for the baseline model, for a few reasons:

    A) it only has to last until next year when I finish uni and get a job and hence have a greater disposable income.

    B) I need it well in advance of the start of university so I can get used to the new system (I haven't used a Mac sice the one I mentioned above :eek:) so I can't leave getting one too late.

    C) the specs are slightly better than my current PC which handles everything I throw at it (which isn't much) without a problem. The only games I run are all old like zoo tycoon 2, the sims 2, RCT 3 which I will test through parallels first but will go bootcamp if I need to.

    Ok having said all that (and if anyone sees a problem in the above points do feel free to point them out) I don't know whether to buy a new iMac (apple education store Australian pricing of $1380) or a refurb iMac which has a 1tb hard drive for $1300. Any opinions would be most welcome. I have been reading the threads available here with similar questions but opinions seem a little divided, I don't want someone else's problem.

    Finally I've been through mroogle and google and the apple website reading all the info I can on switching to a Mac but if anyone has a good starter guide, lists of essential software etc on hand I'd love to hear from you :)

    Thank you :)
  2. mad-jamie16 macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2010
    I have a couple of points. One, why are you only going to university for one year? Secondly I dont know what it's like in australia but it's pretty hard going looking for a job in the uk. You may want to take that into account? Of course if the economy is doing fine in australia then ignore what I say lol.
  3. LiloThePleo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2010
    I've been at uni for five years, but up until now I've had a PC. Mind you there are plenty of one year uni courses. And yes the Aussie economy is doing very well, plus I am in training to be a teacher which are in short supply here :) Besides, I am quite sure my iMac will not just die the day I finish uni ;)
  4. vodouman macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2008
    I'm the same in regards to being undecided as to which model I would like to buy. I'm upgrading from a 20inch iMac from a few years ago. I'm in my second year of university studying Computer Games Development.

    I want something with the power to play games and do some rendering with 3DStudio Max as well as compiling with Visual Studio. I would go for something like the HP Envy but I'm a massive Mac nerd and have used Macs for several years and feel like I can't go without the operating system. I'm leaning towards something with portability with the travelling home at Christmas and Easter holidays and the days I can't be bothered getting out of bed :rolleyes:.

    So basically I can't decide between an iMac 27" full spec, Mac Pro base with upgraded GPU or a fully specced 15" Macbook Pro. :confused:

    All have their plusses and negatives I just can't make the choice. My student loan comes in on Monday and I don't know which to get... :(
  5. LiloThePleo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2010
    3DS Max would be pretty spectacular to work with on that 27 inch screen not to mention gaming. But it definitely wouldn't be very portable. I study at home so portability isn't an issue for me, but if I had to cart it back and forth every school break (and I had the money) I'd be going for the macboook pro. I guess you'd have to weigh up the screen real estate vs portability though, especially if you are into details :)

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