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Hello ocn,

I'm going to college in august for computer science and I'm thinking about buying the newley released macbook pro, now I know macs arent all that popular on here, since they arent really made for over clocking. I want the 13" but the intel graphics are pushing me away, so I might go with the 15". The new sandy bridge proccesors look great, and I see a big future in lightpeak, later once I got more money I would put more ram and a ssd into it.

What do you guys think? Should I give mac a shot or just get a pc. Mostly looking for opinions and options. Thanks in advance
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Unless you absolutely have to have a Mac, I wouldn't recommend it. I've got one and I use it solely for programming iOS apps. Use my desktop for everything else.
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Personally if i were set on getting a mac for college i'd get the 13". Portability is everything.

You have to ask yourself if you really need one though. My friend does English literature and he has an MBP, purely for word processing and facebook .

If you do need one, great. but get the 13" model.
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Icky.

You can get an 18" i7 with a 5850 and Blu-Ray for the same price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115869
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Icky.

You can get an 18" i7 with a 5850 and Blu-Ray for the same price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115869
I have no desire to get an 18" 13 is ideal, 15 if thats the smallest I can. And the 15's come with the new quad core sandy bridge i7's, I really dont want it for gaming, I have a desktop for that, but I will casually game on it. And blu ray is worthless to me, I dont really watch movies I dont even have a blu ray player

I dont have to have a mac, but for programming I think itd be nice to have all 3 major os's on one laptop, also I have never had a mac Id like to give them a chance
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Plus, the Acer doesn't look half as good!
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Quallzey, I hear you. I can't tolerate anything below 17" so it's just my The 13" model GPU definitely won't do you any good if you want to game; I doubt it'll even run Source games well. I'll try to find you an alternative to that Acer.

HP: 500GB, 6GB RAM, HD5650, nice build quality and appearance
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834157387

Regarding build: That Acer has a really good quality build. Looks are all opinion and I don't like the all aluminum look every Mac has.

98uk, wasn't your name Alex98uk?
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I have no desire to get an 18" 13 is ideal, 15 if thats the smallest I can. And the 15's come with the new quad core sandy bridge i7's, I really dont want it for gaming, I have a desktop for that, but I will casually game on it. And blu ray is worthless to me, I dont really watch movies I dont even have a blu ray player

I dont have to have a mac, but for programming I think itd be nice to have all 3 major os's on one laptop, also I have never had a mac Id like to give them a chance
So I have a 2006 MacBook, and I love it (OS X ftw, it's awesome), but it's absolutely awful for gaming. It has Intel integrated graphics that can't even run Mario Kart 64 at 60 fps, much less anything released after 2004 or so. The newer 13-inch MacBooks and MacBook Pros with the Nvidia 320M are better about this - I've seen my friend play at up to 40 fps in Source games - but they're still not very good.

That said, if you're seriously thinking of going Mac, definitely get either the 13 or 15 inch models. The 17" is just too big!

One alternative to consider - the HP Envy 14. It's about $1000, fits right in between the 13 and 15 inch MBPs, and is really solid in terms of build quality. Check it out. If not, you should definitely grab either the 13-inch or 15-inch MacBook Pro. You can't go wrong with either!
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Thank you even though the 13 is only dual core, and has worse graphics, I feel like the portability will be worth it, I will most likley end up taking my desktop to college anyway, so gaming wont be a huge priority, maybe the occasional wow on the weekends when I go to friends
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i agree, dont get a mac unless you REALLY need it. My girlfriend is doing web design in college right now, and while having adobe suite is nice (parents have the $$$$), when it comes down to coding, she had problems because they were using windows applications and what not and she was like lol


idk i mean if you have the money, get one, i was messing with an 11inch macbook air last night at best buy (battery life was 5 hours for 11 inch, 7 hours for the 13 inch, same specs idk thats weird lol, doesnt make sense if they are using the same battery) and it was pretty cool looking not going to lie lol. but idk if i would ever drop the money on something like that.

call me cheap but, if you plan on upgrading the ram/ssd, you better start saving every penny.

my gfs dad was smart though, he got the 15inch mbp with more ram, its cheaper i think to do that instead of buying later.


if it benefits you, buy it, if you dont need it, dont buy it, get a windows computer.

Save the money for more noodles, pizza rolls, bagel bites, and pizza. Oh and some soda too. (if youre not old enough to buy beer yet
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