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Help! Mac or PC for college?

by BAM52 / July 14, 2005 4:14 PM PDT

Should I get a Powerbook 15in or customize an HP laptop for cheaper? I really want a Mac but is it worth the just over $2000 when the HP is just under $1500? I was looking at customizing a HP dv1000 to have WinXP Pro, 1.73ghz Pentium M, 80gig 5400rpm, 14in WXGA Xbrite screen, 1gig ram, DVD+-r/rw, cdr/rw, integrated wireless. The powerbook has comparable features, but 15.2in screen, id upgrade the ram though, and they weigh the same.
Any advice?

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by damasta55r / July 14, 2005 4:28 PM PDT

Depends on what you're studying. If youre studying graphics, music, video, or other creative field, than go for the mac. If you're into engineering or other professions that don't normally use macs, than go for the windows. Be aware, macs will soon be running on intel chips and be able to dual-boot windows and mac os. ALso 64-bit is here. The dell is definitely light and pretty well equipped.
ROger

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switch to intel
by BAM52 / July 14, 2005 4:40 PM PDT
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id just be using the computer for web browsing, audio, word processing, nothing too much really. but the switch from ibm to intel chips in macs isnt going to happen till probably 2007...is it really worth the wait for the money id save just getting a custom HP laptop?

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Look at the AMD vx TURION discussion.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 14, 2005 10:26 PM PDT
In reply to: switch to intel

That L2000 would do about anything normal users would demand plus bit-proof the future. It's a very slick portable (not a desktop replacement) and the price is not outlandish.

Bob

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