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Macs are alright, but don't forget you're paying a premium price for the looks and brand of it. In all honesty I don't see the point of paying for one if you're thinking of dual booting Windows with it, imo Mac is like a cross between Windows and Ubuntu, you can't get viruses on Mac, it has a better GUI and is more user friendly than Ubuntu, but you still can't get half as much software for Mac as you can with Windows.

If you play a lot of games I'd stay with Windows, you can still use Photoshop etc with Windows of course.
I think Mac is best suited for people who just go on internet and do a bit of photo/video work, which you can do with Windows, but OS X is rock solid, hardly anyone has problems with it and it always runs fine so imo it's a trade off between having a set and forget OS with fairly limited software, or Windows with more software but more possible problems to deal with.

Of course you can use boot camp or whatever but I'm talking about individual OS's- imo it's not ideal to be dual booting, you might as well run Ubuntu and Windows in that case. I think Mac is either love or hate
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Macs are alright, but don't forget you're paying a premium price for the looks and brand of it. In all honesty I don't see the point of paying for one if you're thinking of dual booting Windows with it, imo Mac is like a cross between Windows and Ubuntu, you can't get viruses on Mac, it has a better GUI and is more user friendly than Ubuntu, but you still can't get half as much software for Mac as you can with Windows.

If you play a lot of games I'd stay with Windows, you can still use Photoshop etc with Windows of course.
I think Mac is best suited for people who just go on internet and do a bit of photo/video work, which you can do with Windows, but OS X is rock solid, hardly anyone has problems with it and it always runs fine so imo it's a trade off between having a set and forget OS with fairly limited software, or Windows with more software but more possible problems to deal with.

Of course you can use boot camp or whatever but I'm talking about individual OS's- imo it's not ideal to be dual booting, you might as well run Ubuntu and Windows in that case. I think Mac is either love or hate
Well I think you just swayed me to getting a mac lol.

I don't really play games on PC anymore, got a PS3 - guess I just lost interest over time. Rather jus pickup and play

I do a bit of video editing (which crippled my sig rig) Photoshop, web development, audio editing etc and most of the time browsing the net.

I know it's a premium to pay and windows would only be there if I got stuck on the mac with software etc
    
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Like someone has said, the only problems with Mac will be with hardware (or a physical hard drive crash). Their software really doesn't get gummed up like Windows. I work for an authorized Apple (and HP and IBM) repair center and most of the problems I see our Apple tech working on are hardware issues.

I would also advise AppleCare so you get more warranty coverage. Macs have everything except RAM integrated on the logic board (motherboard), and those can run up into the $800 -1000 range (mostly for notebooks) if something goes wrong with them.
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They are harder to screwup/slow down, but my brother has achieved it, his mac now runs like crap We gave him a mac because he kept screwing up windows, user error ftw
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Shame. Spend all the money on something to look pretty.
When you could piece up a rig that costs less.
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Like someone has said, the only problems with Mac will be with hardware (or a physical hard drive crash). Their software really doesn't get gummed up like Windows. I work for an authorized Apple (and HP and IBM) repair center and most of the problems I see our Apple tech working on are hardware issues.

I would also advise AppleCare so you get more warranty coverage. Macs have everything except RAM integrated on the logic board (motherboard), and those can run up into the $800 -1000 range (mostly for notebooks) if something goes wrong with them.
Yup. If the logic board is bugged and you're out of warranty, it is often "cheaper" to buy a whole new machine than fix the old one.
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Ok, I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place but since Macs are now intel lol..

Anyway, anyone who has a mac. How long has it lasted without slow downs, rebuilds etc?
Implying you can upgrade a mac.

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How does bootcamp work? Could I say boot into Windows 7 and play games with the same performance as a comparable PC or is bootcamp more of a VM?


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Why would you do this, if you want windows 7 and to play games then go build yourself a pc and install OSX on it.
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Shame. Spend all the money on something to look pretty.
When you could piece up a rig that costs less.
When you spec a nice monitor it ends up being a wash.

That being said I despise Apple Finder. Finder is even higher on my list of primitive obnoxious file managers than Windows' FM.
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post #19 of 65
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When you spec a nice monitor it ends up being a wash.

That being said I despise Apple Finder. Finder is even higher on my list of primitive obnoxious file managers than Windows' FM.
Of course. But he's looking at the Core i5 or Core i3 iMac's, What a waste.
He could build himself a i7 rig. But whatever, however OP wants to spend his money.
post #20 of 65
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go build yourself a pc and install OSX on it.
No way is that as easy as it sounds, if you want a vanilla install it's not worth the effort.
I couldn't install vanilla snow leopard cos I have a PS/2 mouse, bought a USB mouse and still couldn't install. Turns out it won't install with a 4870. Not to mention installing it more than likely will mess up your BIOS (reset it)- happened to me.

You can get pre hacked versions but even if you do get it all up and running you have to be careful updates don't screw anything hardware related up, and you need to mess about with kexts etc it's nowhere near as stable as an official Mac and not worth the time imo. The whole point of Mac is stability.

Like I said they are great for set and forget if you're not a gamer, if I bought another 360 or PS3 I'd probably use Ubuntu or Mac (if I had one) as my main OS, but the only thing that would concern me is the upgrades- you pay more for a Mac than a PC you could build yourself (which would be a lot faster as well) and you can still upgrade the PC, easily and cheaply.

If you have money to burn or don't want to upgrade for a long long time then I'd say go for the Mac, if not then just go for a PC with Windows that can do everything a Mac does and more, much more options for programs etc.

I personally can't stand OS X GUI, the built in programs, the whole layout of it but some people do really like it. If I was you I'd have a proper think about it rather than splashing out one and maybe being disappointed.

Windows 7 has worked fine for all my needs, it hasn't ever crashed once and it's running as fast as day 1, Mac doesn't even support TRIM for SSD's, I'm not even sure if you can get SSD for that iMac (or does it come with one? idk). If not then that will be a big bottleneck for the future.
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