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    xbrian87
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    New Mac User - Several Newbie Questions
    So I finally brought myself to buy a Macintosh. I went out and picked up a Intel (Duo) 17" iMac with Applecare; so far I'm definately digging it.

    I do have a few questions, however, that weren't found when I did searches on the forums:

    1. I left my PC on 24/7 (restarting or shutting down for a few hours every 2-3 days), is that okay for the Mac or is it just better to shut it down at night?

    2. My computer came with 512mb RAM, I just bought another 1gb stick from Crucial.com; will this extra 1gb really make a noticeable difference (because right now I'm seeing mediocre performance in World of Warcraft and multi-tasking on the desktop)?

    3. As far as Peer-to-Peer goes, what do you guys use? If P2P talk is prohibited on this forum, disregard this question.

    That's it! Other than those 3 little questions, I'm totally loving this new computer and I really dont see why anyone uses PCs anymore (other than compatibility issues)

    -Brian

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    New Mac User - Several Newbie Questions

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    1. You can leave your mac on as long as you feel like
    2. 512 to 1.25gb is a huge increase. 512 really isn't enough for a system imo, especially if you are trying WoW
    3. I don't use P2P but LimeWire/Poisoned/Acquisition are the 3 I see most of the time
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    New Mac User - Several Newbie Questions
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    1. I left my PC on 24/7 (restarting or shutting down for a few hours every 2-3 days), is that okay for the Mac or is it just better to shut it down at night?
    It is fine to leave it on.

    . My computer came with 512mb RAM, I just bought another 1gb stick from Crucial.com; will this extra 1gb really make a noticeable difference (because right now I'm seeing mediocre performance in World of Warcraft and multi-tasking on the desktop)?
    Simple answer. More ram, faster computer.

    3. As far as Peer-to-Peer goes, what do you guys use? If P2P talk is prohibited on this forum, disregard this question.
    i dont use peer to peer

    Hope you love the new computer. and welcome to the forum
    Mac Pro (Early 2009) 8 Core 2.26 GHz, 6 GB Ram, 640 GB Drive. Dell 2408WFP.

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    xbrian87
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    Thanks, guys!

    I got overnight shipping on that RAM, should be processed tomorrow and recieved in 2 days (I just ordered it tonight).

    I'll be reading a lot on these forums, as a new Mac user, I can sure use any helpful hints and tips I can get my $1,299-in-debt hands on

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    xbrian87
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    One more question:

    4. Is it necessary or even possible to defragment an Apple's hard drive(s)?

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    New Mac User - Several Newbie Questions

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    Nope. Apples file system is completely different then Windows NTFS/FAT32 so defragging is unnecessary
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    Tiranis
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    It's not really unnecessary. It's just that OS X automatically defrags files smaller than 20mb (or 40, I can't remember what it was). But, yes, you don't have to do any defragmentation manually.

    Regarding P2P, I would recommend Limewire. It finds by far the most files (especially if you're like me, and you're mostly after the legal files and not music/movies) and it's actually quite user-friendly, even though it's far from being a native OS X application.

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