Macintosh or Windows for next computer

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  1. familyguy101

    familyguy101 New Member

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    I am going to go out and buy a new computer sometime this week. I have always just bought HP's with windows and have always had issues. I thought all computers were like this, but my friend told me that macintosh is 100x better because it is way simpler. I'm not a computer guru, so I would like some help on which computer to buy next. I'll be using it for maybe some gaming, internet use, porn, connecting usb drives, writing papers. What should I get?
     
  2. kamikaze

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    Get a mac. you won't regret it.
     
  3. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    Bought a macbook (13.3", 2ghz, 2gb ram) and LOVE it. OSX is polished, stable, intuitive and friendly. It was worth the 1900$ (cnd) that I spent.

    Even my parents who used windows find OSX easy to use. I let them try it out and now they are looking at getting a imac
     
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    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    3 birds, 1 stone :)

    Parallels and Bootcamp FTW.
     
  5. piratepenguin

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    The sweet thing about going this route is that if you try it on your current computer you well might find that you don't need a new computer at all! Trying it is as easy as it gets. http://ubuntu.com

    It won't be great with gaming though, but I love playing neziux and bzflag - both free games, and there are plenty more, and then quite a few popular Windows games are ported too, and many of them run in Cedega failing wine, anyhow.

    edit: just to have this fact out there, the only reason OS X won't run on most computers these days is because it has the code to restrict it to Apple PCs. Not quite something I like my OS programmers to be spending their time on, but ya know.. it's down to you.
     
  6. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    You make it sound like a bad thing that apple wants their OS to run only only their hardware.
     
  7. hellodon

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    mac is the way to go. I absolutely love these machines.
     
  8. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    I was very interested in getting a mac but I love gaming and since I needed a new gaming rig anyways, I looked at the Win based machines. In the end, Dell financing was better than Apple. If I wasn't in school, I'd prolly have bought a Mac. After I graduate, I plan on getting one because they are just pimp!

    I do love my Dell tho, it's been nothing but rock solid...one of the best computers I've ever had. FYI, it's a Inspirion 1705 with Core 2 Duo (T7200) 2gb Ram, 100 GB HD, GeForce 7950 go and many other goodies.
     
  9. jmechy

    jmechy Calmer then you are.

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    os x86 project.

    This weekend I plan on moving from dual boot (vista xp) to quad boot (vista xp ubuntu os x).

    So, for about a grand I got a comp that was much cheaper then a mac of comparable specs and got to pick all the hardware myself. Best of both worlds.
     
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    If you're looking at laptops, good luck with Linux. Ubuntu and RedHat both will not run on my laptop. I've used them both on other computers just fine, but most laptops are a pain in the ass with Linux unless they are specifically stated to support it. I *could* setup Gentoo...if I had like a week of free time and alot of patience, but that isn't always the case. If you want it done right in Linux, you usually need alot of time to spare (with my laptop at least.)

    I also am screaming at Windows on my laptop, this is the 3rd time I'll have to reformat. NTLDR, boot.ini, system recovery, partition table, everything is corrupt. Not a hardware problem, just shitty software and a user who puts too much trust in Microsoft. I spent hours on the phone with M$ and Compaq...they kept telling me to call someone else, or they didn't know what the problem was, etc. I am pretty unhappy with Windows right now.

    I am very tempted to go with a Mac, the only problem is the absurd price. I don't really care how good the OS is, or how user-friendly it is...spending $1000+ on a BOTTOM line laptop seems absurd. So that completely rules out any laptops they have to offer. I am just not that rich. I have considered the MacMini though, fairly priced and small so it seems. I'm not after alot of performance.
     
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    Get one with a normal screen. The macbook's suck with their short screen. No, it's not wide. It's short.
     
  12. zero xeal

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    OSX / linux (nubuntu / ubuntu)
     
  13. mw818

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    not a mac!!!!!!!
     
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    With most laptops you have to pay for either Windows or OS X anyhow. GNU/Linux is an especially sweet option if you haven't yet purchased a new computer (as is the case here) - because you might well find that you don't need a new computer at all. And, if you like it, you should try it on the hardware, or do some research, before purchasing.

    Ubuntu ran excellently on the two laptops I've tried it on, for what that's worth. It is an area which could do with work, but that work is happening (Red Hat, Novell, Mandriva etc aren't investing hundreds of millions/billions for nothing).
     
  15. familyguy101

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    so I guess mac is the preference here. Now any ideas which actual computer I should spend my money on?
     
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    mac book pro. they're amazing machines imo, so quiet, brilliant screen, blazing fast
     
  17. ady

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    If you don't need portability then an iMac is going to suit you best I would think. The issue is with the graphics cards though. The 24" with the 7600GT offers the best grahics performance, though maybe you don't want a 24" screen. You should go to an Apple store or a reseller where you can see the items on display before buying.
     
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    I have to inject some sanity into this thread.

    What OS you need depends on what apps you need to run. If you play a lot of games, Windows is the only way to go. Mac and Linux games don't add up to jack compared to the PC catalog.

    If you don't need games, then OS X and Linux are wonderful alternatives. Mac has a lot of professional productivity software. Linux has a lot of great alternative applications if you want to save money, but is very limited in commercial software.

    Any Mac zealots that want to argue that Macs do have games, just stuff it. Macs have a very tiny percentage of games published compared to Windows. Don't even bother replying, because if you do try to say Macs have almost as many games as Windows, you'll just be laughed at.
     
  19. ady

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    Nearly everyone is assuming that anyone wanting to game on OSX will be using bootcamp to do so.
     

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