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Should I get rid of the macbook?

post #1 of 12
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Haha, okay before everyone immediately says yes.. (due to the overwhelming number of mac haters here) please actually consider what I have to say.

I bought this 13" Macbook Pro in September of '10, so only 5 months old as of now. It's in perfect condition, not a mark on it.

I have recently run into some trouble running games like League of Legends on the Windows side, and I also get some CPU spikes every now and then.

I really love the style / portability of the mac, and my other consideration is to upgrade the RAM + HDD and see if that makes a difference... well I mean I know it will but yeah. So currently it has the stock parts in it, 4gb DDR3 of WHOKNOWSWHAT brand memory, and a 250gb 5400RPM HD.

I was thinking of putting in 8GB of kingston apple memory + 80-120GB SSD and seeing how it fairs. Then.. I thought maybe I should just sell it for around $1k or ++ and grab like a 14" envy or asus for around $800 on sale and slap an SSD in it.

Anyways, hard decision here.. I am a college student and I am finding that I use the windows partition more and more.
Edited by Lysdexik - 2/12/11 at 11:59am
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post #2 of 12
judging by your use of the windows partition and your slow HDD, i would recommend you get rid of the mac and pick up a nice Windows laptop. Otherwise, a mac is perfect for students.
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post #3 of 12
I have the exact same laptop with a 64GB SSD in it, and it makes all the difference. I can boot up in like 10 seconds and shut down in 2.

I would sell it now, since the new ones are just around the corner, you'll get a higher price for selling it now. Unless you really need it then keep it. Let's see what's Apple coming out with, if they're improving the processor and graphics card then get the new one. But if you're primarily gaming with this laptop, go with an Envy or Asus. But you should know that it's not a good time to buy laptops right now because they're all going to be changed to the Sandy Bridge processors. The release date on those are Feb 20th.
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post #4 of 12
hmm, if gaming is important that you will want to sell now before the refresh comes out and your laptops value drops.

Macbooks are good all around laptops, and the ssd makes the best upgrade path for any laptop, less battery usage, less cpu usage, no heat, no vibration etc. im sure you get the point.

Good luck though, which ever path you choose
    
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post #5 of 12
I have the same laptop as well (typing on it right now) and love it because I don't game and just use it strictly for internet/word. You game and use windows so going the windows laptop route suits you.

Just remember there is no other laptop that can match Apple's touchpad and battery life, which are the most important things to me. I've also grown to love OSX and yes I'm a sucker for the Apple design.
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post #6 of 12
In all honesty, if you are using mainly the Windows partition then grab the HP Envy. Though like starwa1ker said wait for the Sandy Bridge version.
post #7 of 12
Sell the Mac and get a Windows powerhouse gaming laptop.
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post #8 of 12
neither an ssd or 8 gigs of ram will fix the cpu spikes..

Sell it as is. If you invest in 8 gigs of ram (which is overkill for gaming) and an ssd, and it doesnt fix it, which it wont, then you are out even more money.
post #9 of 12
1. Step out of Starbucks
2. Sell your mac
3. Stop being a Hipster
4. Buy yourself a nice PC
5. Enjoy the beginning of the end of your life
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ericrules30 View Post
a mac is perfect for students.
A netbook is also perfect for students.

See what I did there.
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