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Hey, Everyone!

I decided it wouldn't hurt to track down a decent Mac-related forum given I am a few weeks into owning a 15" MacBook Pro.

After swallowing the price tag, I walked away with (more like received from FedEx):

MacBook Pro - 15"
1680x1050 Glossy display
128gb SSD
4gb DDR3
Quad-core 2.2ghz i7

Since I knew I could add more storage and ram for cheaper than Apple wanted, I bought a 750GB WD Black 7200RPM drive and an adapter caddie and swapped out my SuperDrive, and I swapped my 2x2GB RAM sticks for 2x4GB sticks.

I could have gone for the standard HDD on order and replaced it and added another 750 for 1.5TB but I wanted the speed I know all too well with my high-end custom tower.

Although I bought a mac laptop, I do not plan on ditching Windows. This mac is replacing a 4 year old Sony laptop that I loved but was not performing up to spec for what I needed it and I wanted a machine that I didn't have to worry about and have to fork over cash to upgrade every six months because software is overpowering it. That idea is for my tower that sports six 3.2ghz cores, 8GB of ram, 3TB of 7200RPM drives and an SSD, a BD-RW drive, two Radeon 6850s and a 1kw power supply.

I got a nice discount being a student and working for my search engine employer. It's a fun machine. I transferred over my iTunes (350GB worth) and went shopping at the App Store. I love Angry Birds and as odd as it seems, Office for Mac works much better than Office for Windows. >.> I don't know how to take that.

(Why not use OpenOffice or Pages?) Because they do not serve nearly enough of my needs. My school requires native Word usage and since I got it for half price anyways, it's not a big deal. I did buy Keynote, however. I love it much more over PowerPoint.

So now that I've gotten that out of the way... Hi!
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Fantastic machine you bought there. My brother has one and I'm envious of it's speed

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Fantastic machine you bought there. My brother has one and I'm envious of it's speed
Don't be envious of how warm it gets, though . I guess if it wasn't Summer where I live it wouldn't be so bad.

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Don't be envious of how warm it gets, though . I guess if it wasn't Summer where I live it wouldn't be so bad.
That's why they make lap desks.

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That's why they make lap desks.
Lap desks can't help you with a hot frame around your keyboard >.>.

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Lap desks can't help you with a hot frame around your keyboard >.>.
So true.

Better the outside of your Mac gets hot than melt the insides.

You ever see guitarists wear sport wrist bands to protect from rubbing against the guitar body? Pretty clever... You could start a trend. haha

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Welcome Jonathan, glad to have you here!
Thanks for the welcome but I'm already starting to regret coming here. If I had known I would be ruthlessly attacked by trolls and their flaming posts, I wouldn't have joined.

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Welcome! I see no ruthless attacks made here, so you must be referring to another thread...

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Although I bought a mac laptop, I do not plan on ditching Windows. This mac is replacing a 4 year old Sony laptop that I loved but was not performing up to spec for what I needed it and I wanted a machine that I didn't have to worry about and have to fork over cash to upgrade every six months because software is overpowering it. That idea is for my tower that sports six 3.2ghz cores, 8GB of ram, 3TB of 7200RPM drives and an SSD, a BD-RW drive, two Radeon 6850s and a 1kw power supply.
I think Mac laptops are the best in the world. no other notebook can match up to its portability, build quality and versatility. What the Mac lacks is a desktop which can match a desktop PC in the same price range, which is never going to happen.

Building a PC is always going to be more bang for your buck in that scenario.

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Thanks for the welcome but I'm already starting to regret coming here. If I had known I would be ruthlessly attacked by trolls and their flaming posts, I wouldn't have joined.
One member is not a reason to hate the forum. Id say just let it go, and don't respond to anything else he says. In future if you feel a post is rude, use the rep system.

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One member is not a reason to hate the forum. Id say just let it go, and don't respond to anything else he says. In future if you feel a post is rude, use the rep system.
I might have jumped to conclusions a bit too quickly. I guess there's always one in the group.

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I think Mac laptops are the best in the world. no other notebook can match up to its portability, build quality and versatility. What the Mac lacks is a desktop which can match a desktop PC in the same price range, which is never going to happen.

Building a PC is always going to be more bang for your buck in that scenario.
Building a desktop PC, that is. I don't think I could ever pay the price for a Mac Mini or Pro. If it had more current graphics cards available and allowed for RAIDing SSDs, it may be slightly more appealing but in the $1500 I've spent on my desktop rig, I would be paying well over twice that. I get where the quality comes in but when building it myself, I have no one but to blame but me for issues. (Plus warranties on the parts are much higher in case there is a failure).

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Thanks for the welcome but I'm already starting to regret coming here. If I had known I would be ruthlessly attacked by trolls and their flaming posts, I wouldn't have joined.
I'm assuming you're referring to the anti-virus "discussion" in another thread.
An individual needs a lot thicker skin than that if they are to enjoy the internet. Especially if they are involved in any sort of interaction with other human beings. Just relax and enjoy the forums and the wealth of experience and knowledge here. You received a pretty warm welcome in this thread, so focus on that.

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I'm assuming you're referring to the anti-virus "discussion" in another thread.
An individual needs a lot thicker skin than that if they are to enjoy the internet. Especially if they are involved in any sort of interaction with other human beings. Just relax and enjoy the forums and the wealth of experience and knowledge here. You received a pretty warm welcome in this thread, so focus on that.
Yeah, you're probably right. I get enough crap as it is for not being anti-mac, I would think I'd be used to whatever craziness comes my way. Most of the time I'm alright. I don't know what happened. It might have been because it read like a troll comment about mac a/v. Who knows. >.> Oh well!

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