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IMHO as a Mac user (with a broken Mac) don't switch just cause every one else runs them. I'm not a CS guy and don't claim to be but all the CS types I know run Linux with a few on OS X
 
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Interesting... That's a perspective I haven't heard. So most people just dual boot Windows and Linux? Very interesting indeed. I'll definitely look into that more.

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It's not just a few bucks we/you are talking about, if it were me in your shoes I'd just get a clean confortable Linux install and play it by ear. A MacBook Pro isn't going to be cheaper or more expensive next year if you can delay the 2k expenditure that's what I'd do. There are more than a few CS folks around here and a couple hang out in the Linux section maybe you could create a post there asking which OS would be better for what you plan to study some of them are Mac users too so it should be relatively unbiased. In the end I'm just a Linux and OS X user i.e. not one that should be putting forth advice on the proper tool.
 
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It's not just a few bucks we/you are talking about, if it were me in your shoes I'd just get a clean confortable Linux install and play it by ear. A MacBook Pro isn't going to be cheaper or more expensive next year if you can delay the 2k expenditure that's what I'd do. There are more than a few CS folks around here and a couple hang out in the Linux section maybe you could create a post there asking which OS would be better for what you plan to study some of them are Mac users too so it should be relatively unbiased. In the end I'm just a Linux and OS X user i.e. not one that should be putting forth advice on the proper tool.

Sounds like a good idea! I'll make a thread and see what feedback I get, then proceed accordingly. I was under the impression that most everybody used macs to code, but clearly this isn't necessarily the case.

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Oh and one more thing:

I hate to be blunt but you will find a LOT of nay-saying about MacBooks on this forum. As a person with over 10 years of experience working in the IT industry with laptops of all prices, brands and categories, I will tell you this: don't listen to the "PC Master Race". The reason 90%+ of your peers in your program will be using Mac is because for 90%+ of people, it works perfectly and because it's more or less a uniform configuration, any issues you have, there's probably a very thorough technical write up on how to get past it. Any time you have an issue that Mac users aren't experiencing, don't be surprised if the assistance you get is limited and latent because most people will immediately think, "Why didn't he just get a Mac? We don't have this issue."

Is it a short-sighted perspective? Yes. But why go against a set in stone system? Your focus should be getting good grades and enjoying your college years, not fighting "the good fight" for Windows laptops in a university environment. Let the "PC Master Race" soldiers fight that battle on their own.

The Deals
My University offers a flat $100 off any MacBook model and during the first week of class, they offer a free $100 iTunes gift card, a cool UCSD t-shirt and a bag of goodies that includes a recycled reusable bag, a water bottle, a flash drive and a laptop cleaning kit. I picked up my 13" Retina for $1199 with all the above goodies.

Refurbished really pays off when you go with a 15" base or higher. You can get as much as $300-400 off.

When the 15" with 650M Early 2013 was going clearance, they knocked $300 off and had it for $1699 with the same bonuses. I had it for a little while but had to sell it due to financial issues. But man I loved that thing, Ivy Bridge or not.

I went with the 4GB/128GB because I only have 3 months left of my degree. When I graduate, I'll be in the workforce and using a work computer so I can have my MacBook at home plugged into a ThunderBolt hard drive. I'll eventually upgrade and pick up a fully upgraded 13" and build my ultimate gaming desktop. But for you, with four years ahead of you, I would recommend getting a decent amount of memory and hard drive space. That's the advantage to the base 15". If you upgrade the 13" Retina one step, you're paying 1500 (1400 with discount). 500 more gets you the quad core and iris pro. Is it worth it? I'm not sure. If the gaming you do doesn't require Iris Pro, I would say it's not worth it because the i5 2.4 is quite fast.

But if you can get a refurbished 15" base, it'll probably be closer to 1600 or 1700 which would be a very worthy consideration over the upgraded 13" which either won't show up on refurbished or won't be as near as much of a discount.
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ACD's are nice aren't they I love my 30" ACD to pieces it took years to finally find one I could afford! 2560x1600 Matte IPS and 700 euro I wouldn't sell this thing for anything smile.gif
 
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ACD's are nice aren't they I love my 30" ACD to pieces it took years to finally find one I could afford! 2560x1600 Matte IPS and 700 euro I wouldn't sell this thing for anything smile.gif

Yeah I might get the 27" Thunderbolt display but that's for when I go professional on my engineering designs. But yeah ACD's are pretty amazing. I found a 30" on Craig's List for 450 USD.
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Not in the states..I couldn't buy a decent G5 for 300 euro
 
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Interesting... That's a perspective I haven't heard. So most people just dual boot Windows and Linux? Very interesting indeed. I'll definitely look into that more.

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People use different OS for CS, and it all depend what they are comfortable with.
You don't have to copy someone else or listen someone because these people are using Windows, Linus or OS X. It comes down your preference that is all.

If you are comfortable with OS X, and you know you are going to get into a CS job that use Macs a lot then for it.
Same goes with Linus and Windows, however, i believe majority of people go for Windows because they don't need to spend ton of money for Macbook.

Not hating on Mac or Windows and Linus just saying.

However, the most important is to know what your class will be using. OS X, Windows or Linus?
Your first post said your class were using OS X, then it is a good start to grab it.
Of course, you can dual boot it or triple boot with it having OS X, Windows or Linus all at the same computer, but I think it is going to be a pain in the neck.
     
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Interesting... That's a perspective I haven't heard. So most people just dual boot Windows and Linux? Very interesting indeed. I'll definitely look into that more.

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People use different OS for CS, and it all depend what they are comfortable with.
You don't have to copy someone else or listen someone because these people are using Windows, Linus or OS X. It comes down your preference that is all.

If you are comfortable with OS X, and you know you are going to get into a CS job that use Macs a lot then for it.
Same goes with Linus and Windows, however, i believe majority of people go for Windows because they don't need to spend ton of money for Macbook.

Not hating on Mac or Windows and Linus just saying.

However, the most important is to know what your class will be using. OS X, Windows or Linus?
Your first post said your class were using OS X, then it is a good start to grab it.
Of course, you can dual boot it or triple boot with it having OS X, Windows or Linus all at the same computer, but I think it is going to be a pain in the neck.

That's sound advice, and definitely something I can get behind. I'll probably go with a refurbished 15 inch Macbook Pro retina!

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