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Old 02-25-2009, 07:32 PM   #1
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Default PC or Mac?

Which do you prefer? And why?
Just asking because we have been having a bunch of problems with 2 older Dells in the household & in a last ditch desperate move to connect to the internet I hooked up an older iMac last night that was given to me by a friend. I'm barely familiar wiith it & totally computer stupid all over again but it's getting me by. It is a nice computer, there are no complaints, but dealing with the internet is giving me problems here & there.
The mac is strange territory for me!
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:29 PM   #2
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I LOVE MY MAC.....i am computer illiterate mostly, but i do have computer experience at work. I bought my first computer about 6 months ago (i know, im a little behind the times, i guess im a little old school). Anyway, i ponied up about $1800 for a 24" Imac and have been very impressed. It is very user friendly after you get used to it, and the speed is unbelievable. Also, i love the sleek look of the computer
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:53 AM   #3
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For most people, the general consensus has been MAC. Ultimately, though, it really depends on what your intent is for the use of your computer. It all comes down to functionality.

Once you get used to MAC, you'll likely love it.
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:29 AM   #4
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I work in IT and have been working on PC's and servers for years. Personally, I build my own as it's cheaper. SO, that makes it PC for me. Plus, there is a much larger software offering for PC's at the moment.

That being said, you have to take all emotion out of it. (for some reason, people get emotionally involved with the operating systems and techy hardware, which is just silly)

Mac's tend to be very expensive and now they mostly include PC parts (Intel processors and PC compatible RAM and motherboard architecture. So, you can get the same processing power in a PC for a fraction of the cost...plus, you can custom build your own.

It basically comes down to whether you prefer the MAC OS or Windows/Linux. Both realms have their pros and cons. There is a ton of misinformation out there on both sides, but basically they can both do everything you need, from gaming, Internet and multimedia.

If you were doing High End video processing, you may want to consider a MAC simply because of the software for that type of work is stronger. But, there are decent Windows based products out there as well.

For me, it comes down to cost and customizability and software availability as I am a gamer. So, the PC is a no brainer.
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For most people, the general consensus has been MAC. Ultimately, though, it really depends on what your intent is for the use of your computer. It all comes down to functionality.

Once you get used to MAC, you'll likely love it.


once you get used to mac it is the best system

though if you said you're not too experienced with computers then you should stick with PC imo. It all depends on what you really need your computer for.

I'm planning on buying a mac in the next 2-3 years, but it's because I actually need it
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once you get used to mac it is the best system

though if you said you're not too experienced with computers then you should stick with PC imo. It all depends on what you really need your computer for.

I'm planning on buying a mac in the next 2-3 years, but it's because I actually need it

Again, this is purely subjective. It all depends on familiarity comfort, and what you are looking to get out of it. Personally, I disagree here as I like the ability to pop in a new graphics card or motherboard whenever I see fit instead of buying an entirley new system....plus, the costs are hard to justify.

I just priced a Core 2 Duo based system iMac with 24" monitor for $1900. You can get a Quad core Dell system with roughly same specs and a 24" monitor for just under $1000. That's a lot of change to pay for the Apple logo.
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I am running some software that is absolutely killing my computer. Memory, etc.

My friends are running the same software on a mac, without problems.

From what I understand, the mac handles the intel processer much better, making it more efficient.

Also, you can either dual boot, or buy a little software package through which you can run ANY PC based program. Matter of fact, you load windows onto the mac.

So pick your poison. I still have a Dell and am having a hard time changing from it... but the macs I have used. . . well, I am getting convinced.
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I am running some software that is absolutely killing my computer. Memory, etc.

My friends are running the same software on a mac, without problems.

From what I understand, the mac handles the intel processer much better, making it more efficient.

Also, you can either dual boot, or buy a little software package through which you can run ANY PC based program. Matter of fact, you load windows onto the mac.

So pick your poison. I still have a Dell and am having a hard time changing from it... but the macs I have used. . . well, I am getting convinced.
One thing that can cause this is if it is a port. For instance, there are some games that were developed on an Xbox and the ports over to the PC require much more processing power to run. This is a result of the software coding not optimized to take advantage of PC hardware. The reverse can happen if software is designed for the PC then ported to a console.

The OS's do address memory differently, so that may be a factor, but then, XP and Vista handle memory management differently and there are performance differences between the two, as there were for 95 and 98SE.

If your PC is older, a refresh of the OS might do it some good and show improvement.
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One thing that can cause this is if it is a port. For instance, there are some games that were developed on an Xbox and the ports over to the PC require much more processing power to run. This is a result of the software coding not optimized to take advantage of PC hardware. The reverse can happen if software is designed for the PC then ported to a console.

The OS's do address memory differently, so that may be a factor, but then, XP and Vista handle memory management differently and there are performance differences between the two, as there were for 95 and 98SE.

If your PC is older, a refresh of the OS might do it some good and show improvement.
naa, the software (logos software) is made for the PC. I have XP on this laptop, which is two years old.

I am quite torn at this point between the mac and pc.
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naa, the software (logos software) is made for the PC. I have XP on this laptop, which is two years old.

I am quite torn at this point between the mac and pc.
Two years is pretty old for any computer to have an OS installed, as you install and unistall software, visit websites, etc., a lot of junk collects on your system. This is true for Mac's and Windows based PC's. You may want to look into a free registry cleaner utility or a free app called CCleaner to clean up the laptop...can make a world of difference.

Looks like these are the spec minimums:

500MHz Pentium III (1GHz Pentium III recommended)
192 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
Windows 98/Me/NT4.0(SP6a)/2000/XP/Vista
CD-ROM or DVD drive
550 MB hard drive space*
800x600 display (1024x768 recommended)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later

If that's the case, you shouldn't have ANY issue with a relatively modern PC running something like that. Those look like the minimum specs to run XP itself!
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