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Default 11-12-2006, 02:14 | posts: 6,865 | Location: GTA, Ontario, Canada

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Yeah i know the X1600 is not the top of the line but for things like Unreal 2k4 and some FEAR with a few other games that are mostly strategy's (Medieval 2 for example)
That Merom should more than compensate for the X1600. It's an alright card. Since the Macbook Pro is targeted at businesspeople, graphics power is sacrificed for battery life, which is quiet respectable. This is also another reason why I like Apple's laptops. My battery life has dropped a bit (as all laptop batteries over a year old do), but I can still get through two 2hr classes with at least another 1.5hrs to spare.

Will you be using it for work or school?

@ SirLink. You're right about cider. Nexus originally pointed it out. I read it all the way through this time. Taking it down.

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Default 11-12-2006, 02:26 | posts: 9,444 | Location: Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

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That Merom should more than compensate for the X1600. It's an alright card. Since the Macbook Pro is targeted at businesspeople, graphics power is sacrificed for battery life, which is quiet respectable. This is also another reason why I like Apple's laptops. My battery life has dropped a bit (as all laptop batteries over a year old do), but I can still get through two 2hr classes with at least another 1.5hrs to spare.

Will you be using it for work or school?

@ SirLink. You're right about cider. Nexus originally pointed it out. I read it all the way through this time. Taking it down.
I will need it for both since my work is also related to that what i plan on doing.
   
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Default 11-12-2006, 03:00 | posts: 4,529 | Location: Va. USA

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@ SirLink. You're right about cider. Nexus originally pointed it out. I read it all the way through this time. Taking it down.
Yeah, too bad, huhh?? That would have been neat if it ran as an app... Parrells or vmware is sweet for running apps that don't use directx, so you can't play games in it...

Guess I will just have to stick with boot camp...
   
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Default 11-15-2006, 22:27 | posts: 4,529 | Location: Va. USA

Woot! iMac on the way! Got the higher end 17'' model, and got the wireless keyboard and wireless mighty mouse...

Should give a nice slick clean look... Which is what I was after. Only a power cord!!! Its going to be a kitchen based computer, but since the only cord is the power and its not that awkward to move, it will probalby travel some too!

Going to dual boot it, like my machine at work. Use Windows (gona put RC2 on to start) for light gaming (sims2, rollercoaster tycoon 3, mist's, that kinda stuff... Will probably put CSS and oblivion on as well, though with lower settings of course. Gona move my itunes database to the OSx side and use front row.
   
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Default 11-17-2006, 03:58 | posts: 6,865 | Location: GTA, Ontario, Canada

Just remember to post screenshots in the games forum when you get it.

My parents need a new computer. They're using this Compaq desktop replacement. It's slow as toot and I don't know why. That's a question for the laptop forum though.
My Dad has always insisted Macs are better but he's still too cheap to spend the $1099 for a iMac. He nearly crapped his pants when he had to pay $60 for a 512mb SODIMM for this laptop he's using.
   
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Default 11-17-2006, 10:58 | posts: 4,529 | Location: Va. USA

lol... will do orenda!

gona wait for it to get here... got one off ebay, the guy is not shipping it till the money transfers out of his paypal account to his bank account... Despite the fact that it is in his paypal account so he has his money... Sounds a little paranoid to me... lol That was wed. hoping I can get him to ship it today...
   
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Default 11-18-2006, 01:13 | posts: 4,529 | Location: Va. USA

imac on the way... woot!

should be in tues!

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Default 11-18-2006, 01:34 | posts: 9,444 | Location: Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

i Was wondering if the Macbook would be better for Photoshop use than the regular notebook.

Just curious
   
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Default 11-18-2006, 01:47 | posts: 6,865 | Location: GTA, Ontario, Canada

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i Was wondering if the Macbook would be better for Photoshop use than the regular notebook.

Just curious
What do you mean? MacBook vs PC laptop or Macbook vs Macbook Pro?
   
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Default 11-18-2006, 01:54 | posts: 9,444 | Location: Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

I mean a Macbook Pro vs. a regular Laptop (ASUS F3Ja
   
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Default 11-18-2006, 02:08 | posts: 4,529 | Location: Va. USA

well... I'd go with the macbook pro, that way you can dual boot and have the option of both osx and win. Specs are going to be about on par with each other, at least as far as photoshop is concerned. Photoshop is pretty much the same in osx as it is in windows..
   
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Default 11-18-2006, 02:28 | posts: 6,865 | Location: GTA, Ontario, Canada

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I mean a Macbook Pro vs. a regular Laptop (ASUS F3Ja
Well, that goes into territory that this thread wasn't designed for.

Since both laptops have similar specs, it boils down to what OS you prefer.
I'd go with a Macbook with the 17'' screen, since it will probably be easier to edit photos on a bigger screen. If portability is a factor, the Macbook Pro comes with a better stock battery than the Asus one does.
Aside from that, just go with whatever is cheaper.
   
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Default 11-18-2006, 03:11 | posts: 9,444 | Location: Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

Yeah i think i decided on the Macbook Pro (15inch) because i plan on having both OSX and Windows on it which is more appealing to me rather than the ASUS notebook. Plus the design of the Macbook is superb and i like it very much. Seems that its thiner than the ASUS also.
   
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Default 11-18-2006, 12:27 | posts: 4,529 | Location: Va. USA

If you'd perfer mobility I would get the MacBook. That's what I am going after when I have some more $$ !!

I like the design better than the Pro. The Pro is a nice machine, but too big for my liking, plus Im not a big fan of the keyboard feel on the Pro. Where as I love the keyboard on the regular MacBook!
   
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Default 11-19-2006, 02:42 | posts: 4,529 | Location: Va. USA

anybody know of a place to find mac games cheap? Like to get Civ4+expansion, Sims2+expansions, and RC3+expansions...
   
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Default 11-21-2006, 13:11 | posts: 4,529 | Location: Va. USA

and another question... anyone know of a decent low cost solution to getting tv on thier mac (just for viewing purposes, not recording) Nothing fancy, just plain RF coaxal...
   
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Default 11-21-2006, 14:53 | posts: 6,865 | Location: GTA, Ontario, Canada

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anybody know of a place to find mac games cheap? Like to get Civ4+expansion, Sims2+expansions, and RC3+expansions...
You can forget traditional game stores like EB, as they barely have PC titles now.
Best Buy has a few. I've definitely seen Sims 2 and Civ4 there.
I also stumbled upon this online store for Mac games a while ago.
http://www.macgamestore.com/

As for TV tuners, you'll definitely need a USB 2.0 one. There's plenty out there but not a lot with OS X support.
The best ones seems to be the Miglia TVMiniHD and Miglia TVMicro. Both available from the Apple Store. The latter would probably be best for you since it's the cheapest at $99.95.
Both are cable ready. The downside with these two tuners however is that they don't have composite or S-Video connectors, only coax cable.

TVMicro
http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL....8.25.7.11.9.3

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http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL....8.25.7.11.0.3
   
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Default 11-21-2006, 16:30 | posts: 4,529 | Location: Va. USA

Sweet finds! Thanks orenda! That micro is exactly what I was looking for!

Yeah, noticed that about the games... And places like the apple store want exhorborant amounts for games that are a few years old like Sims2 or RC3! I mean $50 for a game that is $30 on the pc WITH the expansions... Geez!

I will check out that store! Thanks again friend!
   
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anybody know of a place to find mac games cheap? Like to get Civ4+expansion, Sims2+expansions, and RC3+expansions...
i know you can get wolfenstein ET for mac if that helps?
   
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Default 11-21-2006, 16:33 | posts: 4,529 | Location: Va. USA

i may just have to stick with boot camp with xp for games... ohh well...
   
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have you tried lineage? cos that can be got for mac for free too
   
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Default 11-21-2006, 16:41 | posts: 6,865 | Location: GTA, Ontario, Canada

I just checked. Best Buy USA seems to have almost no Mac games but Best Buy Canada has a whole bunch.
   
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Default 11-21-2006, 16:51 | posts: 4,529 | Location: Va. USA

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have you tried lineage? cos that can be got for mac for free too
Have not... Haven't played any MMORPG's since the 1st Everquest!
   
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Default 11-22-2006, 02:47 | posts: 4,529 | Location: Va. USA

Got my mac in!!! Woot!

Installing boot camp now...
   
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Got my mac in!!! Woot!

Installing boot camp now...
Pics! Pics!
Get a picture of it running boot camp so I can link it to the FAQ section.
   
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