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Ok ladys and gentlemens...i need help. The last few weeks have been ruff for me. I have been looking into purchasing a notebook for school. Now..im down to 2 models i would like to buy. First i was thinking about the Gateway P-6831FX. The thing is powerful as hell, has alot of cool features, big and jsut an awesome gaming notebook. a good friend of mine has the same notebook and he is in love with it. This thing has everything, 17inch screen, 250gig HD, T5450 Core 2 Duo, 3Gigs of RAM, DVD-CD burner and an 8800GTS Graphics Card.



The other one i was thinking about was the Macbooks. I was looking at the 1300 dollar white macbook. Its got alot of nice stuff, 2 gig os RAM, Intel 2.4Gh Core 2 Duo, DVD-CD burner, 160 Gig HD and a 13 inch screen.
Now granted yes you get alot more with the Gateway and i understand that....but all i ever here about is how good the Macbooks are. I love how they look and i love what you can do with them this is why its such a hard choice. The Macbook doesnt have a high end graphics card either and me being a high end gamer thats kind of tuff to get over but again its primaily gonna be a media machine/school notebook. So im really confused here. Anybody care to help me out? Maybe you guys know of another notebook that might be a good one to look at as well.





Can someone maybe help me out here? What would you guys do?
i need to decide soon cause class starts in a week and i need to get a notebook asap! my old one is just such a piece of ****!
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post #3 of 11
I have a macbook and it is the worst computer I have ever owned. Buy the gateway and you will be much happier, believe me.
post #4 of 11
If you are just going to do some light media playing / taking notes / and want some gaming on the side definitely go with the Gateway. If you were going to do some photo editing / movie making / etc then a Mac might be a better choice.
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post #5 of 11
Go look at them in person.

The 13.3" mac screen is just too small..
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*Note I have no experience with Macs what so ever, so my statement might be slightly biased*

If it was me i would get the gateway for these reasons:

1. You say you wanted it for general media purposes, both can achieve this but the Gateway offers more for the price

2. The Gateway has a very good GPU, this means you cannot only perform media activities but you can also game if you wish to do so. No one likes spending 4 hours solid doing assignments

3. I just feel you get more for your money with the Gateway, you won't need anything other than a general laptop for school anyways.
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I was in your boat a while ago, trying to pick a laptop. I game quite often too, so i went with an Alienware m5750. It's big, bulky, hot, but powerful as hell. i found that for gaming it works great (except for the overheating...something to look into when you have a gaming laptop) but it just wasn't practical as a laptop. In the end, i kept the alienware but bought a 150$ ibook g3 on ebay. the ibook is brilliant. Its powerful enough for word processing and internet, and has a 5 hour battery. owning both a powerful laptop and a mac, i can say the mac is much, much easier to use and never gives me any trouble. the alienware, as much as i love it, is more of a small desktop than it is a laptop. i feel like the gateway would be the same way
    
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post #8 of 11
Go down to the Mac Store and play around with the different Macbooks. I'd recommend one, especially for work/school/photos/video/music.

Why not game on your current desktop? If you absolutely must have the gaming power, go with something else.

Normally I would recommend a Sager or an Asus gaming laptop, but after seeing how cheap that Gateway is, I'd definately pick up one of those. Are they still $1249.99? If so, there's your lappy!
 
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well i as of today i have seen both the gateway and the macbook in person.....to be honest screen size isnt really an issue with me. i wouldnt mind the smaller size for taking around with me but i kind of want the gateway for its gaming ability's as well. just so dam confused.......

its just from everything i can see you can do sooo much with the macbook and i hear nothing but how realiable and amazing they are. i worked for best buy for 3 years and before i left we began carrying them. i couldnt beleive the performance/...but that gateway is just dam sexy and it calls out to me!...i r fail
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Haha trust me, for school and other basic stuff, the mac os is perfect. not to mention they have excellent quality. im typing on a used 7 year old ibook right now and its crashed 0 times since i've had it, and had no other preoblems whatsoever. you'll be very happy with a mac, it isn't all hype or marketing. plus, what's the battery like on that gateway? without a good battery a laptop is useless
    
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