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    Senior Member Shani's Avatar
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    Hello, I am seeking insight on prices and resources to buy a new computer. I want a Mac Notebook. It has to have enough memory for all the design software. I have never bought a mac so I do not know what exactly the specifications are.

    Now... the G5 should be coming out in January, so I could wait until then.

    But... budget! I am already planning to take out a loan, though cheaper is always better. Someone had suggested I buy a used or refurbished computer so I can use it for a year or so and then, once I have more money, get the computer I really want.

    So my question(s)...
    - What are the specs for hard drives, processors, RAM, etc. for mac notebooks running design software
    - What extras should I get?
    - Powerbook or G4/G5... what's the difference?
    - Where is a reputable place to get used/refurbished macs?
    - How much should this cost new? used?

    Thanks in advance.


    PS. Nothing you can say can dissuade me from Mac Notebook, so please refrain from trying.
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    Senior Member Riat_Sila's Avatar
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    Buy a toshiba.

    But seriously if you just go to www.apple.com you can find out all of the details there and compare them...

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    There will not be a PowerBook G5 for a long time.

    Apple has good (well, decent) educational discounts for new systems. If you attend a K-12/Higher Level educational institution, see if Apple honors your schools with a discount.
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    Senior Member Shani's Avatar
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    Thanks for the info, but it's not really what I'm asking about.

    I want to know about hardware, system specs, where to get a used/refurbished MAC, and what I should expect to pay for one.
    Shani

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    Well I would truly suggest that you dont get a refurbished machine due to the fact that they often have conflicts that a new or non refurbished machine may never have.
    Just a suggestion unless you really truly have your heart set on Mac's you could buy a standard machine and install Linux on it.
    Linux should run all your software and I garentee that it will run smoother, faster, and more efficantly than even the mac's due. (It does not require a program such as "explorer.exe" to run).
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