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9-29-2009 @ 8:10PM
I got two question, i just finished a job that gave me about 7000$ and i want to use some of the money to buy my first mac. I've been reading a lot about them online and i decided to buy a macbook pro. I also want to buy another one to replace my old desktop and i'm thinking of getting a mac mini. I'll first buy the macbook and if i like it i'll most likely buy the mac mini.First question: Will a mac mini be able to run wow smoothly (i'm planning to use it only for wow). Tecnical speccs:# 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo # 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB # 320GB hard drive# NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphicsSecond question: On my current laptop i'm able to access my desktop by going into the network (if i'm at home) and typing in the username and password. I want to keep using it as a databank as i got quite a lot of music/movies that i occationally want to have access to without plugging in a external harddrive. Is this possible, and if it is can it be password protected.
9-29-2009 @ 8:33PM
The Mac Mini with 4GB ram will run WoW decently. Not Ultra quality, but more then good enough for general play, dalaran, and raids.As for the MacBook Pro, ensure you get one with the NVidia 9600 in it. It's a big step up above the 9400m in the lower end units.With the money you have though, I'd say avoid buying RAM directly from Apple, and instead get it aftermarket. This will save you a ton, allowing you to consider other system options. Some of the iMacs have better then the 9400m as graphics options, or if you want to go all out, get a Mac Pro with the ATI 4870.If you wanted to go with just one system, get a beefy MacBook Pro, then an external monitor, keyboard and mouse. That way you can play at your desk, or on the go. A 2006 MacBook Pro served as my only machine for 2 and a half years before I got the Mac Pro.As for the networking, it's very simple with a Mac. Macs and Windows machines will just show up in the Finder, and it will ask for the username and password when you want to connect if it is needed. Apple also sells a service called MobileMe that includes Back to my Mac, allowing you to access your home system while on the road using the same method in the Finder. As for Music and videos, if you load them into iTunes, you can share directly in iTunes to machines on either Windows or Mac. However, it's a bit picky on video file formats.
9-29-2009 @ 8:42PM
Take it from a lifelong Mac fangirl, whose first was an dual floppy Mac SE: never, EVER buy RAM from Apple. Their markup is absolutely ridiculous.Crucial.com has amazingly good prices on Mac RAM, their sticks come with a lifetime warranty, their customer service is Mac friendly and I've yet to have an issue with any sticks purchased from them. They're pretty much the go-to in the Mac community.Also, particularly if you're buying a MBP, get Applecare on it. MBPs are sturdy little machines, but you will thank yourself.
9-29-2009 @ 8:58PM
Thanks to both of you, I'll probably end up buying the macbook sometime next week. As for the ram i'll have to do a bit of research (thanks for the link).
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