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Macbook - switching over hows this sound for a college laptop?


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well I've been on a pc since I was about 5 (those little jumpstart programs) I am 18 now and I have been through my share of pcs, my dad works for a semiconducter company that reimburses pc purchases every couple years. I am now leaving for college and I've totally fallen in love with the macbook the streamline style makes my toshiba and hp laptops look like WWII tanks. Now enough rambling to my point....I'm planning on ordering a 1.8MHz since I have heard theres not much of a difference between that and the 2.0, upgrading to a gig of ram and a 80gb maybe 100gb hd. From what I have read that should be perfect for college...surfing, word, light photoshopping etc. but i wanted to hear some opinions one more time since this is the first computer I am going to buy by myself....

Ps. for college, is it worth spending $200 on a copy of XPsp2?
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I think that is a great machine for college! With a gig of ram and the big HD that should be plenty for what you want to do. Ahhh I wouldnt waste my money on windows unless you really need it for college.

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If you want to have a copy of XP i would suggest waiting till you start school. Go to the book store and see if they are selling copies, both my college and my law school sell copies for drastically reduced prices, only thing you dont get is the box. One perk of your tuition haha.
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I say great choice! I assume you will be using your student discount. I'd say hold off on XP if it's not needed. I'd say use the extra cash to buy yourself a good bag and maybe a few accessories, i.e. speakers, sleeve, Office for Mac, ext. HDD, whatever...
If you have the option, I would go for the larger HDD initially; you'll be grateful once your iTunes library begins to grow.


** save the cash on XP and use it to buy Applecare.


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So i looked up the prices at the bookstore for baylor where im going to start law school at this fall and XPpro is only 80 bucks there for students so you might want to wait and see if you need it and then buy it from the college bookstore for cheap. As well if your getting office check your bookstore out cuz the baylor bookstore has it for 70 bucks, cheaper than even the deal apple has right now for 99.
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I have a 1.83ghz 2gb and 60gb hdd and a extrenal 250gb firewire hdd. Definetly use the extra on the things that you need. I put all my itunes on the external for now.
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Im checking out the SFSU bookstore, and I can't seem to find xp. There is OS X10.4 Tiger for $80 bucks and microsoft office 2004 for mac selling for $149. Are these decent prices?

Edit: Just found the link for Microsofts new contract with CSUs ill be able to get office and xp for $70 each
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If you don't have a specific use for WinXP I'd hang on to the cash. If it turns out you do need it you can install it later. Also check out this post:

Using Windows XP Upgrade edition with Boot Camp
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i just ordered my macbook im pumped
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i just ordered my macbook im pumped
Welcome to the longest (seemingly) wait of your life.
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