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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 08:31 AM
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PC vs Mac - which should I buy and why?
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I posted a few months ago and got some good comments. But, our now 3 1/2 year old Dell PC is really on its last legs. A friend of ours that knows quite a bit about computers thinks it may be the motherboard, but I don't know if she has all the information. We have backed up all our personal files onto an external hard drive.

Most of the PCs I have had, from IBM, to HP to Dell have lasted about 3-4 years each. The current monitor we have is about 7 years old now, and is also getting on in years.

I would like to get something that will last longer than 3 years or so, but Macs seem to be so expensive compared to a PC, that I am not sure it is worth it. I would prefer not to buy used, as you at least get a warranty with something new.

I can get a very good PC with an LCD monitor for around $1,000. When I went to a local Mac store in the mall, I was looking at well over $2,000 for a similar Mac, not including having to get MS Office. The Mac they have that is just the monitor is pretty cool, but I would also have to buy something extra to play/edit mini DVDs from our DVD camcorder or buy the separate system. Am I way off base in my pricing?

Other than playing & editing the mini DVDs, we primarily use it for internet browsing, email, watching regular DVDs, occasionally using Excel, Word and PowerPoint, and the very occasional PC game.
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  -PC vs Mac - which should I buy and why? NewJeffCT  Jun-20-05 08:31 AM   #0 
  - if you have the money and don't play games...  cleofus1   Jun-20-05 08:33 AM   #1 
  - online vendor  NewJeffCT   Jun-20-05 08:35 AM   #3 
     - Goto a local vendor.  Tandalayo_Scheisskopf   Jun-20-05 08:37 AM   #4 
     - I just bought most of one from  SlackJawedYokel   Jun-20-05 09:09 AM   #12 
  - Get a mini-Mac  meegbear   Jun-20-05 08:35 AM   #2 
  - And you can get OpenOffice and AbiWord...  benburch   Jun-20-05 08:42 AM   #7 
  - Macs cost no more than equivalent name-brand PCs.  benburch   Jun-20-05 08:38 AM   #5 
  - I've owned both  KurtNYC   Jun-20-05 08:39 AM   #6 
  - local is good  cleofus1   Jun-20-05 08:45 AM   #8 
  - thanks, I will try local  NewJeffCT   Jun-20-05 09:03 AM   #9 
  - I use both.  Ready4Change   Jun-20-05 09:06 AM   #10 
  - They will soon be more closely related  Neo   Jun-20-05 09:07 AM   #11 
  - I'd get your old PC checked out or do some research on it yourself.  newportdadde   Jun-20-05 09:13 AM   #13 
  - My suggestion:  hyphenate   Jun-20-05 09:17 AM   #14 
  - My 2 cents...  youspeakmylanguage   Jun-20-05 09:22 AM   #15 
  - so, if I have spyware & malware...  NewJeffCT   Jun-20-05 09:35 AM   #16 
     - I'm not an expert...  youspeakmylanguage   Jun-20-05 09:59 AM   #20 
     - You actually need about 4 pieces of spyware detection  Crazy Guggenheim   Jun-20-05 12:37 PM   #30 
  - The morons who invent  DemBones DemBones   Jun-20-05 09:52 AM   #17 
  - Just don't buy a G5 iMac!  Redstone   Jun-20-05 09:54 AM   #18 
  - what is wrong with it?  NewJeffCT   Jun-20-05 09:55 AM   #19 
     - Power Supply Issues with a certain run of them...  SkipNewarkDE   Jun-20-05 11:54 AM   #24 
     - There were also fan firmware issues...  benburch   Jun-20-05 12:34 PM   #27 
     - They overheat and burn up;  Redstone   Jun-20-05 03:23 PM   #41 
  - these mac vs pc threads  cleofus1   Jun-20-05 10:07 AM   #21 
  - I've been a Mac person since 1986  Lydia Leftcoast   Jun-20-05 10:08 AM   #22 
  - Use Windows and Mac at work, Mac at home  SkipNewarkDE   Jun-20-05 11:52 AM   #23 
  - Don't go Apple for the long term  sir_captain   Jun-20-05 12:10 PM   #25 
  - sounds like good advice  NewJeffCT   Jun-20-05 12:28 PM   #26 
  - But still buy an Apple.  benburch   Jun-20-05 12:36 PM   #29 
  - Easy with the FUD  SkipNewarkDE   Jun-20-05 01:49 PM   #36 
     - The OP  sir_captain   Jun-20-05 02:00 PM   #37 
        - In 7 or 8 years, the determining factor...  SkipNewarkDE   Jun-21-05 11:06 AM   #42 
           - Ah, we get to the crux of the issue  sir_captain   Jun-21-05 11:19 AM   #43 
              - We use CodeWarrior....  SkipNewarkDE   Jun-21-05 04:14 PM   #47 
  - I'm an IT Consultant and I would not get a Dell. Too many  Crazy Guggenheim   Jun-20-05 12:34 PM   #28 
  - A Naked W-98 machine on the net does not stay uninfected long enough...  benburch   Jun-20-05 12:38 PM   #31 
  - That's why I said to to put security on there first. Also  Crazy Guggenheim   Jun-20-05 12:42 PM   #32 
     - This is why I SO prefer Linux, BSD, or MacOS X  benburch   Jun-20-05 12:46 PM   #33 
  - Unfortunately...  NewJeffCT   Jun-20-05 01:29 PM   #35 
     - If you have, you can probably get around that. Let me think about  Crazy Guggenheim   Jun-20-05 03:02 PM   #40 
        - It's a Dimension 4400  NewJeffCT   Jun-21-05 12:00 PM   #46 
           - Yhe best thing to do is take the system to a local computer shop  Crazy Guggenheim   Jun-21-05 08:40 PM   #49 
  - I use the eMac at the office.  RebelOne   Jun-20-05 12:47 PM   #34 
  - long time mac user say go mac mini  slybacon9   Jun-20-05 02:18 PM   #38 
  - I'm a Tech so I'll throw in my little Two Cents.  BlueJazz   Jun-20-05 02:42 PM   #39 
  - Buy a PSP!  Prag   Jun-21-05 11:22 AM   #44 
  - MAC  intrepid_wanderer   Jun-21-05 11:55 AM   #45 
  - hey new jeff!  cleofus1   Jun-21-05 04:59 PM   #48 

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