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ok, so I need a new computer...

Discussion in 'Wackbag Tech Support' started by Kugzilla, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. Kugzilla

    Kugzilla Roar. Go: Eagles, Flyers, Philles, Buckeyes, etc.

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    My hp desktop died. My netbook is faltering. I need something new.

    But what to buy? I have people telling me macbook and imac. I don't need something huge. Just something I can write and watch stuff on.

    Wackbag has helped with nearly every computer I've bought so I thought I'd ask.
     
  2. CousinDave

    CousinDave Registered User

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    Well if you want OSX then maybe a MiniMac, you can use the monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc... that you already have
     
  3. SOS

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    How much is your budget?
     
  4. Kugzilla

    Kugzilla Roar. Go: Eagles, Flyers, Philles, Buckeyes, etc.

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    Budget is nebulous at moment. I'd prefer to stay under a grand but would also like something that will last more than a week.
     
  5. Bobobie

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    Do you want another Desktop or a Laptop?
     
  6. Psychopath

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    New egg has some good prices.
     
  7. Kugzilla

    Kugzilla Roar. Go: Eagles, Flyers, Philles, Buckeyes, etc.

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    Im torn on the desktop vs. Laptop issue right now too.
     
  8. Kugzilla

    Kugzilla Roar. Go: Eagles, Flyers, Philles, Buckeyes, etc.

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    For arguments sake, what about just desktops for now.
     
  9. Sinn Fein

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    Grab the HP AMD 6-core on sellout.woot.com. Pretty nice for $549. Its a refurb but who cares.

    I'm in my 3rd year with my HP desktop I bought from Woot, also a refurb.
     
  10. Kugzilla

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    Any feelings on macs?
     
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    Hardware that is overpriced by 200%.
     
  12. fletcher

    fletcher Darkness always says hello.
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    Macs are great, but it might not be in some peoples budget and you can build more technically superior systems for less. That being said, Im still using my pre unibody macbook pro that recently blew its screen and the thing can handle anything I throw at it.
     
  13. Kugzilla

    Kugzilla Roar. Go: Eagles, Flyers, Philles, Buckeyes, etc.

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    I don't need something huge. Mac mini may work as I have a printer and monitor im ok with.
     
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    Q: What's the hardest part about buying a Mac?

    A: Telling your parents you're gay.

    :rotf:
     
  15. fletcher

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    Just realize that if you arent really very technically proficient (or brave about prying apart your new toy) you will be sort of land locked with it.
     
  16. Kugzilla

    Kugzilla Roar. Go: Eagles, Flyers, Philles, Buckeyes, etc.

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    What do you mean?
     
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    Why do you want a mac? Spending $1500 on a $800 computer would be considered stupid by some.
     
  18. fletcher

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    The hardware specs you buy a mini with are the ones you are stuck with. You cant upgrade ram/hdd/etc without a shitload of work. I dont know about the newer mac minis but the first few versions needed a lot of disassembling and soldering etc. If you want to purchase something that you can upgrade over time you are better off with a tower PC where its just a matter of taking off the side panel to get at the guts of your system.
     
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    Kugzilla Roar. Go: Eagles, Flyers, Philles, Buckeyes, etc.

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    Are all the macs like that or just the mini?
     
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    I am not a Mac guy in any capacity, but I have come across Mac-specific video cards and other similar hardware upgrade pieces. I don't know what the extent is regarding having to buy Apple-approved upgrades, etc.
     
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    How old is this system? I had an hp pavilion that just died after about four years and two hard drives.
     
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    Plus my wife gets a government discount for apple stuff.
     
  23. fletcher

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    Seems the newer minis are easy to upgrade at least as far as RAM is concerned.

    [video=youtube;xhTbJuveq3M]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhTbJuveq3M[/video]

    It's really your call, yes, you will pay more for a mac but its a very reliable system. Like I said you can build a more powerful system for a lot less cash but if you want something to work out of the box and just forget about it for the next few years you really cant go wrong.
     
  24. ruckstande

    ruckstande Posts mostly from the shitter.

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    I have Mac mini at work with a 250 gb hdd and 4gb of ram. I'm not a Mac fan but I run Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Excel, Parallels running XP running Corel Draw and Thunderbird, and Parallels running Ubuntu at the same time. No complaints here. The Mac is a refurb from what I understand for about $600.
     

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