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So right, christmas has just passed here in EU and my uncle (who's a blessed apple fanboy) brainwashed my grandad (70 years old) to buy a mac pro for £2100 for himself, and to mention, for that price he gets 3gb of ram, a 2,8 xeon and a 5770, wow.. just wow.

I've tried to say that mac is stupidly overpriced and that I could get him a way better comp for half the price and even less, but he just won't listen as my uncle could help him with everything as he's working with mac's. (while I could help him with everything for pc's)

The money is not the issue but I would rather like a computer my grandad could actually be able to use (he's never been using macs before) and if so - give me the 1000 thats left over

Need pro-tips for curing this fanboyism before the comp is already here..
(Death of uncle would maybe be possible, but rather the last option
post #2 of 43
Protip #1 is to not make a thread about it.
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Do your research and point out the cons and the pros thats all you can do. Surpising it worked for me. My girlfriends family all used macs and now they all use pcs.
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post #4 of 43
I think your grandad will be better off with a macbook, even if they are overpriced. If his PC laptop ever got viruses, he'd hate it, and hate you for talking him into getting that ****. His mac is most likely never to get a virus on it, and I just thing overall he'd be happier with the MAC. Not to mention the great customer service they have incase he ever had any problems at all.
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"build" a system and show him the difference in performance/cost ratio. Also he is 70 right? What does he need that much power for? It can't be to surf the net and email.
post #6 of 43
Get $500 laptop, put ubuntu on it.
Every one is happy, grampa keeps an extra grand, you get a GTX 580 in your stocking.
 
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post #7 of 43
My grandparents proudly use linux thanks to their Grandson.
post #8 of 43
Your grandpa does not need a Mac Pro. He was better off getting an iMac or MBP. Somehow I think your uncle wants that Mac Pro for himself.
post #9 of 43
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He actually bought a Macbook as well as a Mac Pro (he's wealthy so it doesn't really matter if he moves his laptop around (I just wonder why he would like a desktop computer when he could just use his laptop, but whatever..)

the macbook is a cheapy-one for ~$1500 but why would he buy more than that... i frankly don't understand, imagine the upgrades I could do for an extra $3500 /cry

i think the only option is suicide
Edited by ph10m - 12/24/10 at 10:28pm
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Some people have more money then brains.
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