Mac VS. PC

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  1. Kcomps

    Kcomps New Member

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    I'm looking into buyin a computer of my own because I'm tired of sharing one with my mom for many reasons. I only use my computer for AIM,Internet,Microsoft Word, and downloading/burning music.


    I would like to hear about which computer would be the better buy...

    I would be purchasing a new Mini Mac. (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/72203/wo/GS3rWsrKVUl527ZKPZMs6OaixHE/0.0.15.1.0.6.23.1.3.1.0.0.0.1.0)

    or

    A worthey PC, because the Dell I have is not really the happiest comp. I have ever had.
     
  2. Peyomp

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    If that is all you use your computer for then...

    try a Mac, and see if you like it better than a PC. Then choose.
     
  3. Kcomps

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    I have used a Mac before. My friend has an IMac and it works perfect from what I can see. I haven't heard him complain about it. I have a Dell right now, but I dont want to buy a Mac then hate it and could have gotten a "nice" PC for the same amount.
     
  4. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    yea, a mac will run you more $$$ for a slower machine. You really get the better deal when you buy a PC, but if you like the mac all that much, then with what you want it for, it would be a good choice. Basically if you have the money to throw around, and like the man, then get it, otherwise, if you want the better "bang for your buck" then i would go with a new Dell or similar.
     
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    Well, a Mac Mini will do what he wants. Most people that just do the stuff he does, that like OS X when they try it... I've never heard anyone express regret over getting a Mini.

    Seriously, it sounds like you want a Mac.
     
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    Is there a local University in your town or city? Chances are that they have used PCs and Macs (but importantly they have inexpensive monitors, keyboards).

    As an Ubuntu user I am not that enamoured with OSX. The E17 dock gets to be a pain after awhile, so I prefer drop down menus. As an old Mac user I still miss the open application selector on the upper right hand corner.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    :werd: With all the back-to-school sales right now, you can get a hella deal on a Mac Mini, which is quite a nice little machine. There's a deal here where it comes with a 17" LCD, a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse, a printer and Microsoft Office for $900 Canadian. Hell of a deal IMO.
     
  8. kingtoad

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    I use a G5 at work. It's slow. And OSX isn't optimized to run on that hardware anyway. I have a much slower (hardware wise) machine at home running Windows that smokes my OSX box at work. Having OSX over Windows at work is probably the only benifit. :hs:
     
  9. mdaniel

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    If you ever plan on upgrading your machine, beware of Macs. I just picked up a 3 year old iBook and thought I could add a wireless card to it. Its Airport (802.11b) ready, but they don't make the card anymore and the Airport Extreme (802.11g) cards don't work in it. I found a web site that sells the card for my iBook but its $129. $129 for an 11Mbit wifi card. With a 3 year old PC, it would be so cheap and easy to install whatever I wanted in it. Also, be ready to upgrade your OS frequently. This machine has 10.2 on it and a lot of the software I've found that looks interesting doesn't run on it. Its not even that old either.
     
  10. Kcomps

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    Ok, I am being swayed with going back towards a Dell PC :x:. With what I want to use it for (download/burn cds,AIM,Internet,processesing), what machine do you prefer with that software on it. I would rather have it built than straight from the factory.

    Can anyone send me a link of a good built computer, $700 budget or recommened software I should have on it. Thanks!:bigthumb::bigthumb::bigthumb::bigthumb:
     
  11. Peyomp

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    Guys... none of your mac criticisms apply to him. His needs point directly to Mac Mini. he just needs email, word processing, music, IM, etc. The Mac Mini is the world's best appliance for that stuff.

    TRY a cheap PC, and TRY a Mac Mini.
     
  12. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    well, if he ever wound up doing ANYTHING else, or wanting to upgrade to play games or such, he's be screwed. You're kinda backing yourself into a corner when you buy a mac.
     
  13. Peyomp

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    Actually: no. Games, yes. Thats an issue, but not for him. He doesn't play, and if he decides to, there are enough games out there that he can play... but a gamers' PC a mac will never be. Then again, neither would a $500 PC. And his Mac Mini will be just as upgradeable as any comparable PC appliance would be.

    The Mini is endlessly upgradeable through USB 2.0 and Firewire.

    Sheesh.

    http://www.apple.com/macmini/

    And look... its tiny, light, and sexy.
     
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    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    So you can replace the optical drive with a $60 DVD burner on sale at Newegg? How many PCI slots? How about adding a hard disk? Upgrading through external devices is a joke because you take a tiny little machine and add a bunch of extra crap (and power bricks) to your setup. Not clean at all. Even the cheapest Dell or eMachine is going to have a couple of PCI slots, drive bays, and an open memory slot. And no worries about cracking the case or voiding the warranty to open it up.
     
  15. Wolf68k

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    I am an Apple and Mac fan and have been since the earily Apple ][ days.

    The Mac Mini is nice and all but in my honest opinion if all you need a comptuer for is for the very basic crap, you can get build yourself a cheap PC for about $500 including a monitor, keyboard, mouse and XP Home SP2 disc.
    And buy build it yourself you don't have worry about all fhe bullshit that Dell, HP and the rest add in that you don't need.
    About the only upside to buying a HP and the alike is that you can use there disc to reinstall the OS 1000s of times if need be and don't have to worry about entering the activation code each time. However creating an unattended CD or using Norton Ghost (or the alike) can get you the same thing and still not have a bunch of bull preinstalled.
     
  16. Kcomps

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    Ok, after reading a few of the comments, I am leaning more towards a PC. Are there any sites where I can build a "good" computer that will last me through my four years of college and then some (hopefully)!?

    BTW, thanks for the all the feed back. Much Appreciated.
     
  17. Peyomp

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    Stop listening to people's religious brand preferences and TRY BOTH. Then buy the one you like. CompUSA has both PCs and Mac Minis. Go there.

    Jeez.
     
  18. Kcomps

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    HAHA. No, after talking to my friends about what computer I should by, my friend let me try his IMac. I like the operating system and the dash board. Pretty neat. I also like how the Mac Mini is nice and small, and I can connect my old mouse,keyboard and monitor to it.

    Thanks for the help. I'll let you guys know how it goes.
     
  19. Wolf68k

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    The Mac dashboard isn't much more than a rip off of Konfabulator, which you can get for both the Mac and Windows and it's free.

    As for place to build a PC, go to Newegg.com
     
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    apples & oranges..
     
  21. Peyomp

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    Hardly apples & oranges. Both platforms easily satisfy his computing needs. Its a matter of personal preference.
     
  22. Casino

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    man I really want a mac now, but I don't have the money. I have a 3 year old dell that is perfect for what I do. I downloaded the Mac OS x86 and I'm going to try it out on my computer. will running the mac os x86 on my dell give me the same experience as running it on a real mac?
     
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    Mac OS x86? Do you mean Darwin?
     
  24. Wolf68k

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    No he means Mac OS x86, aka Mac OS X for Intel.
    For someone that seems to harp about Macs you sure don't seem to keep up
    http://osx86project.org/
     
  25. Peyomp

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    :rofl:

    Posit that I am not obsessed with macs, but that I love Apple's notebooks because they are incredible. Posit that I actually work on my computer, and don't have time to monitor all aspects of the blogosphere.

    I see. So if you have certain hardward, then you can run the "top secret" develepor's version ;)
     

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