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    Mac vs. PC

    I'm looking to get a new computer after X-mas. I have many options if I was going to get a PC. Does anyone here use a Mac? If so, what do you like (or don't like) about it?


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    Re: Mac vs. PC

    Never had a Mac but have thought about our next desktop being an iMac. There are pros/cons to both sides...this should be a fun thread to read with great info.



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    Re: Mac vs. PC

    what tasks are you going to use the computer to do. Mac's are better for some things while PC's are better at others.



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    Re: Mac vs. PC

    macs SUXXXX... and PCs RUUUULLEE!!!

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    I have only ever used a PC (outside or Oregon Trial on the IIe) and a bit scared of the Mac and its attention. I look forward to reading this thread and learning more about them.... good thread. +rep.

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    Re: Mac vs. PC

    We have both at home. I love how easy the mac is to use, but I am used to a PC so I always want to do things the pc way and a lot of the time that does not work. MrsBrianHos has a macbook pro, she loves it, it is the best form factor and most functional laptop I have ever seen.

    That being said, I just bought a new PC the other day. Athlon 5600+, 2g, DVD burner, Geforce 8600 gts, and a 22" samsung, for all of that I paid $600.

    Macs are great, but they are 2x the price.


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    Re: Mac vs. PC

    Depends on what you want to do with it. If you want something basic for email, internet and some photo and video tinkering, buy a mac. If you are more of a techie and want do more, have access to more variety of applications, gaming, etc buy a pc.



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    Re: Mac vs. PC

    I'm no expert but basically:

    If you are going to do high level graphic design or video editing, then you want a Mac.

    If you want to play relatively new and demanding games, then you want a PC.

    If you are just doing the listen to music, go online, type papers/Christmas letters, then no matter what people say (and they will say), it doesn't really matter. PCs tend to be cheaper, Macs tend to have less problems in the way of spyware or viruses. But really, it doesn't matter all that much.


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    Re: Mac vs. PC

    I have only used a Mac a couple of times in college classes and did not like them. But that may have been due to having to learn how to do things differently then I am use to with a PC. I do like thier commercials though.


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    Re: Mac vs. PC

    Price has been the detractor for me on Macs as well... We are looking into laptops for a few months down the road though and will look at both.

    The Mac ads are the best - although the PC character is the reason why they are so dang funny... "Mac's new Leopard operating system has lots of great features? I say, ignore them"


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    Re: Mac vs. PC

    I got a Mac two years ago, and will never go back. The thing is intuitive, all the programs work together like you'd expect, and it's great for video and photo editing. Also, as far as web surfing goes, it's been hooked up to the internet now and used for e-mails and whatnot and not had a single virus. I've done nothing to maintain it or keep it clean and it's running as fast as it was the day I bought it.



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    Re: Mac vs. PC

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    Depends on what you want to do with it. If you want something basic for email, internet and some photo and video tinkering, buy a mac. If you are more of a techie and want do more, have access to more variety of applications, gaming, etc buy a pc.
    If all they want to do is the basic stuff why would they go out and pay $1k or more for a mac when they can pay $400-500 for a PC to do the same thing?



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    Re: Mac vs. PC

    I've also been wondering about this, as my current PC is from '96 or so, and needs to be replaced. The thing I'm wondering about is word processing. I know you can get most of the same programs for both types, and I generally only use my computer for writing, research when I'm not at the library, and that's about it for the most part.


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    Re: Mac vs. PC

    Quote Originally Posted by ketchupnmustard View Post
    I'm looking to get a new computer after X-mas. I have many options if I was going to get a PC. Does anyone here use a Mac? If so, what do you like (or don't like) about it?

    I use one of the new IMacs at school here...it seems to have less problems with locking up or running slow than my PCs at home. That could be because it's brand new and better maintained being a school computer. I never thought I would consider a Mac, but this one is pretty sweet. Only problem is they're a lot more expensive every time I've ever looked.



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    I was told that Macs are built to carry both OS and Microsoft operationg systems. So if you use to XP atmosphere and want the versitility of a Mac, then I think Mac is the way to go. I am strongly considering getting one in the future! Just need the money

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    Re: Mac vs. PC

    Quote Originally Posted by markshir View Post
    I'm no expert but basically:

    If you are going to do high level graphic design or video editing, then you want a Mac.

    If you want to play relatively new and demanding games, then you want a PC.

    If you are just doing the listen to music, go online, type papers/Christmas letters, then no matter what people say (and they will say), it doesn't really matter. PCs tend to be cheaper, Macs tend to have less problems in the way of spyware or viruses. But really, it doesn't matter all that much.
    I agree with everything here, except that for the 3rd point, the spyware/viruses were a big deal to us and therefor worth the extra money to eliminate the hassle. I'm not a gamer, so that didn't matter either.



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