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I've always been kind of curious about macs. I know plenty of people that have them and love them but personally I haven't seen why they are so wonderful yet. I'm really big into pc gaming so macs haven't until recently been in the picture, but from what I hear, I can run windows on a mac and more and more games are being developed for mac as well. Also, I am about to graduate with a BS in aero/mech engineering so I will likely at some point need engineering software.

My question is, being not at all familiar with the OS or the realistic feasibility of me owning one and using it for gaming/engineering, where can I find more info on macs? I plan on checking out more on OCN of course, and also macs official pages, but where else?

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post #2 of 19
Seriously? Go to the mac store. You can book a tour with one of their specialists. Naturally do a tiny bit of research about them before but the best way to learn about them is just trying them.

Those visits are free too. Apple do them all the time and have seminars to promote mac computers.

Another way would be if you have a friend that has one to try it out for a night or two.
    
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I didn't realize how much they had on their website until after I posted

But anyways, I'm interested in what real gamers and/or engineers have to say about it. Of course mac can market things so that it seems they have a solution for everyone. I was just wondering if maybe people could point me to some good articles. I know there are tons of pc vs mac articles, but I was hoping somebody might have a few favorites.
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post #4 of 19
well people tend to learn best from experience.

so

1) walk into an apple store and start playing with one, someone will walk up to and start a chat.
2) no apple store? try bestbuy. start a chat with an employee trying to sell you one there.
3) get a friend and use/borrow/hang out with them often and use the MAC
4) have questions? post them on OCN.
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I would recommend a Mac. I own a MacBook and I plan on buying a MacPro sometime this year. They can run any OS and you won't have to fus with drives or anything along those lines. They can do anything a PC can do and then some, and are much easy to learn to operate and work with.

I would recommend checking out macrumors.com. It is one of the best Mac Forums I have found and it also provides a lot of articles and reviews on Mac/Apple products.
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post #6 of 19
The Apple store is a great place to learn. Just ask one of their people to tell you a little bit about Macs and the interface. They know what their talking about.
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post #7 of 19
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I would recommend checking out macrumors.com. It is one of the best Mac Forums I have found and it also provides a lot of articles and reviews on Mac/Apple products.
Thanks I'll check out the forum.

Also, is there any other way to upgrade the hardware yourself instead of doing it directly through apple? I've built my own systems for the past 5 years because I like the customization without the service price tag.
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You said you wanted the opinion of a gamer.

As a gamer who uses Macs at a place I work at in college, I find macs uninteresting for anything except multimedia design. Sure, you can run xp/vista in bootcamp, but I might as well just build a cheap vista box for 1/3rd the price of a mac that runs all the games I want and takes up less space on the OS drive.

If you find yourself in need of doing things like websites or design with photoshop or video editing, a Mac is fine and dandy. But the game choices are limited and you might as well just own a PC if you're only interested in gaming.

That's just my take on Macs. I don't hate or love them, but I can live without them.

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Thanks I'll check out the forum.

Also, is there any other way to upgrade the hardware yourself instead of doing it directly through apple? I've built my own systems for the past 5 years because I like the customization without the service price tag.
Yes, and no. It really depends on what you're upgrading. Apple systems use a specific type of RAM, you can't really replace the motherboard, and a lot of components are kinda sorta built into the case of the G5. You can freely add hard drives. I have no idea about GPUs.
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post #9 of 19
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Thanks for the reply. I would be doing more than just gaming, but gaming and engineering are two major functions that I'd want to do on it. I'm really not that impressed with windows and I've never had a mac so I'm just trying to learn more about it. I really know very little about them.
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What engineering apps do you require? OS X doesn't support a lot of the engineering programs, like AutoCAD, MathCAD, etc. You can dual boot into XP to run those applications.
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