Thread: Windows or MAC?
May 7th, 2009, 06:25 PM #1
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Windows or MAC?
hey there guys,
so latly ive been thinking about buying a new computer the last couple ive owned have been a dell and my newest ( about 1 year old) is a custom gaming computer
but what im really looking for now is a laptop
i dont want to spend to much the more i can save the better!
price range AT MAX is like 1200 please keep in mind want to spend as little as possible
but what im gunna be using this laptop for is gaming on occasion(warhammer ect)
and school work
any suggestions on a laptop?
ive never been a apple computer guy but hey we all change sooner or later so who knows
May 7th, 2009, 08:25 PM #2
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Have you even looked at the price tags on Macs?
What game are you going to play on a Mac? You'll have to buy Windows anyways to play any game."The problem with quotations on the internet is that the sources are hard to verify" - Abraham Lincoln
May 7th, 2009, 09:21 PM #3
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well i was thinking of selling my comp then like adding around 1000-1200 bucks to that for the mac games like warhammer or world of wracraft maybe some d3
May 7th, 2009, 10:19 PM #4
I honestly believe that mac's are overpriced compared to the windows base laptops you can get for the same price.
May 8th, 2009, 09:52 AM #5
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Macs are entirely overpriced; however, I have had my Macbook Pro for a little over 2 years now and I'm quite satisfied with it (disregard the fact I'm building a desktop PC now). If you want something different... I say go for it. Sure you'll get less bang for your buck, but if that's not an issue with you - you'll be more than able to play WoW, Warhammer, etc. at decent settings while staying in your price range. Just my two cents.
May 10th, 2009, 02:47 PM #6
If all he wants is something, run Windows and Linux. If a laptop PC is cheaper for his needs and he doesn't really need a Mac, then I don't see the point in getting one.
It's all about preference and what suits your needs. If you're a gamer then you're better off running Windows.Cute
May 10th, 2009, 02:54 PM #7
this should do
Newegg.com - ASUS N50 Series N50Vn-D1 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T9550(2.66GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 4GB Memory DDR2 800 320GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT - Laptops / Notebooks
only mac on newegg that fits budget
Newegg.com - Apple MacBook MB881LL/A Intel Core 2 Duo 2.00GHz 13.3" WXGA 2GB DDR2 667 120GB 5400rpm DVD±R/RW NVIDIA GeForce 9400M Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard
performance difference is quite obvious
May 10th, 2009, 03:52 PM #8
If you live near a Best Buy, these are the two best gaming laptops in your budget. I don't think you will be able to find faster laptops anywhere else at the same prices.
This one if you want a 15" screen
Asus - Laptop with Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology - Brown/Yellow/Black - G50Vt-X5
And this one if you want a 17" screen
Gateway - FX Edition Laptop with Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology - P-7805uOne by one the penguins steal my sanity.
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May 11th, 2009, 04:44 AM #9
May 11th, 2009, 06:29 AM #10
This is kinda interesting to me, as I'm looking to get a (V cheap) Mac to play with on my domain.....
May 11th, 2009, 06:47 AM #11
You can buy refurb macs or just look on CL. However macs even used are still expensive as they hold their value unlike pcs
May 11th, 2009, 08:00 AM #12
I only want to play with one enough to see how to help ppl troubleshoot issues with them... I used to have one years ago - when (if memory serves) the 'computer' was built into the keyboard somehow....
Been a while since then, and I often get calls asking to help them with mail and/or accessing data on the server.....
May 11th, 2009, 08:05 AM #13
There is a way to get OSX running on a regular machine/or a VM. However its not entirely legal but enough searching around on the internet will get you going.
May 11th, 2009, 08:17 AM #14
Macs are good for mobility, they all get good battery, even the new 17" (which I believe is somewhere in the higher than I can conceive of price range). I have had my 13.3" aluminum mac since october. I love it. But it suits my needs really well, particularly being able to move around really easily (including HD and digitcal optical sound output, mine actually often doubles as an HTPC) and still delivering a high level of work productivity ability.
If you want gaming on a mac you want to go with a macbook pro, the 13.3"s have the 9400m integrated chips, but the 15"s actually have discrete chips (don't remember which off hand).
If gaming is one of your main purposes, I wouldn't recommend a mac unless you also want nice ascetics/battery life/mobility (things you get at a premium). Dollar for dollar, the asus above will give better game performance, but will be more suited for staying on the desk.
Hope that helps.Reason obeys itself; and ignorance does whatever is dictated to it.
May 11th, 2009, 08:24 AM #15
If you go on youtube, you can see how well the 9400m runs games. Ive seen people playing with Crysis on it, its laggy but still kind of playable. COD4 looks like it runs just fine on it
As for the 15 inch, those are the macbook pros which have the "NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and 9600M GT with 256MB or 512MB of GDDR3 memory"
If I get my new job, I was thinking about picking up a macbook. I had the last gen and loved it. The only problem was I used my desktop more at the time so I sold it. Now that I only have a crappy laptop after I moved I'm looking to upgrade to one. I dont game on my laptop (and if I do the macbook can handle DOD:S just fine) all the other games I play on my 360. With my new job Ill be traveling a lot and the weight/thiness of the macbook is exactly what I need
May 11th, 2009, 08:42 AM #16
The gaming I do is generally on my desktop, though I did just get an xbox, though I still don't have any games/wireless adapter/or xb live subscription.Reason obeys itself; and ignorance does whatever is dictated to it.
May 11th, 2009, 09:23 AM #17
1) How long can I stay on TechIMO before the other half (or toddler..!!) complains
Gaming isn't something I'm that bothered about, in case you hadn't noticed from above... Also, I'd be looking at it being a "Desktop" rather than laptop version - it would just stay at home...
May 11th, 2009, 09:26 AM #18
May 11th, 2009, 11:20 AM #19
Also, powermacs are really expensive, they start at $2500, and you can generally get a much more powerful windows based pc for a lot less (esp. if you build your own).
Putting osx on a non-mac might be worth trying, but it kinda sounds to me that maybe you should be looking at more trying to run linux or something.Reason obeys itself; and ignorance does whatever is dictated to it.
May 11th, 2009, 12:01 PM #20
I've got two lots of installation media for Linux, one is RedHat (an old version - 7??) the other is Ubuntu (from around 6-8 months ago) but whichever way, I want to be able to join it to my domain.....
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