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    So I am having a hard time figuring out what I should do. My computer is broken and I was thinking about getting a new 13 inch macbook/macbook pro however they have core 2 duo processors. I mostly do homework/ surf the net/ music/ pictures. My other options would be to buy the 15 in MBP for $1700 for the newer processor(not sure if its worth it), go for a windows based PC, spend $280 to fix the current comp and wait. Since the core 2 duo processors are going out the door pretty soon, would it be unwise for me to purchase one or do do you think that they will still be viable for the next few years? Should I consider one of the other options?

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    For the mentioned tasks, which are not too heavy, the Core 2 Duos are still good enough, and the newer ones in the Notebooks are not THAT much faster that you would be totally crippled.

    If you should get a Macbook anyway is the other topic. If you want the Macbook because of the MacOS, then go for it. If you don't care about it, you could also just get a Windows PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eckhart View Post
    For the mentioned tasks, which are not too heavy, the Core 2 Duos are still good enough, and the newer ones in the Notebooks are not THAT much faster that you would be totally crippled.

    If you should get a Macbook anyway is the other topic. If you want the Macbook because of the MacOS, then go for it. If you don't care about it, you could also just get a Windows PC.
    Great, concise advice!

    For a high quality, high performance Windows laptop look at a Toshiba Qosimo., as they have great specs and stand the test of time, e.g. well built.
    COST: $1,757



    http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.a...sku=TBX505Q898

    DESCRIPTION:
    Experience the ultimate in high-definition entertainment with a Blu-ray Disc standard on the Qosmio X505 laptop. You've got the specs - now get the style. With a fusion finish featuring subtle metallic accents and system lights, the Qosmio X505 will turn heads wherever you take it. Get ready to wrap yourself in a luxurious blanket of sound, with fatter bass tones and crisper, more penetrating highs. If you love your music, immerse yourself in gaming action, and really get into a good movie, these speakers are for you. This laptop includes an HDMI port, so you can hook up your compatible HD display and watch high-definition movies on the big screen - right from your laptop. « less… more »

    SPECS:
    General
    System Type Notebook
    Built-in Devices Stereo speakers, wireless LAN antenna, Bluetooth antenna
    Width 17.4 in
    Depth 11.6 in
    Height 1.8 in
    Weight 10.1 lbs
    Color Fusion finish in omega black
    Localization United States
    Processor
    Processor Intel Core i7 740QM / 1.73 GHz
    Max Turbo Speed 2.93 GHz
    Multi-Core Technology Quad-Core
    64-bit Computing Yes
    Features Intel Turbo Boost Technology
    Chipset Type Mobile Intel PM55 Express
    Cache Memory
    Type L3 cache
    Installed Size 6 MB
    RAM
    Installed Size 6 GB / 8 GB (max)
    Technology DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz
    Storage Controller
    Type Serial ATA
    Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150

    Storage
    Hard Drive 64 GB Solid State Drive - Serial ATA-150
    Hard Drive (2nd) 500 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 7200 rpm
    Optical Storage
    Type DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM / BD-ROM - integrated
    Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) / 6x (BD)
    Write Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD±R DL)
    Rewrite Speed 24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
    Disc Labeling Technology Labelflash Technology

    Card Reader
    Type Card reader
    Supported Flash Memory Cards SD Memory Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, SDHC Memory Card

    Display
    Display Type 18.4" TFT
    Max Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Widescreen Display Yes
    Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Features TruBrite

    Video
    Graphics Processor / Vendor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M TurboCache
    Video Memory 1.5 GB GDDR5 SDRAM

    Audio
    Audio Output Sound card
    Compliant Standards Dolby Home Theater
    Features Harman/kardon stereo speakers
    Audio Input Microphone

    Notebook Camera
    Camera Type Integrated

    Input Device(s)
    Type Keyboard, touchpad
    Features Backlighting, built-in numeric keyboard, Toshiba EasyKeys, multi-touch touchpad

    Networking
    Networking Network adapter
    Wireless LAN Supported Yes
    Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft), Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
    Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, IEEE 802.11n (draft), Bluetooth 2.1

    Expansion / Connectivity
    Expansion Slots Total (Free) 2 ( 0 ) x memory 1 ( 1 ) x ExpressCard/54
    Interfaces 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 1 x audio - SPDIF output/headphones 1 x audio / video - HDMI - 19 pin HDMI Type A 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5 mm 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) 3 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A 1 x storage / Hi-Speed USB - Hi-Speed USB / eSATA

    Miscellaneous
    Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
    Compliant Standards RoHS

    Power
    Power Device External
    Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

    Battery
    Technology 12-cell lithium ion
    Installed Qty 1
    Capacity 87 Wh
    Run Time (Up To) 3.8 hour(s)

    Operating System / Software
    OS Provided Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
    Microsoft Office Preloaded Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.
    Software Adobe Acrobat Reader, Google Toolbar, Toshiba Supervisor Password Utility, Toshiba Bluetooth Stack, Skype, Toshiba Assist, Toshiba Recovery DiskCreator, Toshiba PC Health Monitor, NetZero Internet Service, Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0, WinDVD BD for Toshiba, Toshiba Eco Utility, Toshiba ReelTime, Toshiba Bulletin Board, Microsoft Windows Live Essentials, Google Chrome, Toshiba Media Controller, Microsoft Silverlight, KidZui, Toshiba Bluetooth Monitor, Toshiba Disc Creator, WildTangent Game Console, Toshiba Value Added Package, Ulead DVD MovieFactory for Toshiba, Windows Live Messenger, QuickBooks Financial Center, Face Recognition software, Toshiba DVD Player, HDMI Control Manager, Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Writer, Microsoft Windows Media Player 12, Toshiba Service Station, Toshiba Hardware Setup Utility, Toshiba Web Camera Application, Toshiba Online Backup (30 days trial), Windows Live Movie Maker, Corel Label@Once, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, Norton Internet Security 2011 (30 days subscription), Toshiba App Place, Toshiba Book Place, Toshiba HDD/SSD Alert, Toshiba Laptop Checkup, Toshiba Sleep Utility
    Environmental Standards

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    OPTION #2

    For an entry level laptop, I bought a Acer that came with a dual core processor, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB Hard Drive, Wireless N, DVD Writer, Windows 7 Home 64 bit edition, and MS Office 2010 Starter Edition for $448, and I'm sure you can find one for less if you look. Try to top that! It out performs a Dell that I bought a year and a half ago and costs 50% less!

    Acer Aspire AS5736Z-4016 Laptop PC:

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Acer-AS5736Z-4016/15125403

    COST: $448

    Description
    Key Features and Benefits:

    •Intel Pentium Processor T4500
    2.30Ghz, 1MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB

    •4GB DDR3 Dual-Channel SDRAM Memory
    Gives you the comfort for multimedia videos and images, video conferencing, basic gaming and all the other simple duties

    •320GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive
    Store 213,000 photos, 91,000 songs, or 168 hours of HD videos and more

    •8X DVD-SuperMulti Double-Layer Drive
    Watch DVD movies on your computer; read and write CDs and DVDs in multiple formats

    •10/100/1000 Gigabet Ethernet LAN; 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Certified
    Connect to a broadband modem or a wired broadband router with wired Ethernet, or wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi signal or hotspot with the 802.11b/g/n connection built right into your PC

    •15.6" HD Widescreen CineCrystal LCD Display
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M with up to 1759MB total graphics memory
    Additional Features:

    •Built-in 1.3 Megapixel HD Webcam (1280 x 1024)
    •2-in-1 digital media card reader (SD and MMC)
    •3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x HDMI port with HDCP support, 1 x VGA connector, 1 x headphone/speaker/line-out jack, 1 x microphone-in jack, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 1 x DC-in jack for AC adapter
    •6-cell lithium-ion battery (4400mAh)
    Software

    •Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition (To learn more about the features of Windows 7, click here)
    •Microsoft Office Starter 2010
    •McAfee Internet Security Suite Trial, MyWinLocker
    •Adobe Flash Player 10 and Adobe Reader 9.1, NTI Media Maker, WildTangent Demo Games, Skype, Cyberlink PowerDVD, NTI Media Maker, Windows Live Essentials Wave 3.2 (Mail, Photo Gallery, Live Messenger, Writer)
    •Norton Online Backup, Acer Backup Manager, Acer ePower Management, Acer eRecovery Management
    Support And Warranty:

    •1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty with Toll-Free Tech Support
    What's In The Box:

    •6-cell lithium-ion battery
    •AC power adapter
    •AC power cord
    •Getting Started guide
    •Setup poster
    •Non-Microsoft EULA
    •Registration/limited warranty card

    If you need any info from me, please feel free to PM me.



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    core 2 duo is okay for surfing the internet, personal computing and simple photo editing. If you use it for movies, you need atleast a 15" because of details. Beyond the Mac's its not only the processor that should be the main decider. Its a combination of different things, such as graphics card, hard drive and quality of the screen. And with laptops how ergonomic they are compared to the situations you use it. Which means you need to see it IRL before you buy it. Also look for laptops that are a little bit harder to open, because if they are too easy to open they potentially have a higher risk of problems with the connectors to the screen. Generally look for how robust it seems compared to other laptops.

    Edit: Try and look at MSi laptops the rumor says they are pretty good.

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    Thank you. I was just afraid that if I got new computer now that it might become obsolete without the newest components but now it doesn't seem to be the case. If I do get a macbook, i will go for the 13 in. Also, if I can find a good PC with good virus protection (not norton), I may consider that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitseleh View Post
    Also, if I can find a good PC with good virus protection (not norton), I may consider that.
    Microsoft Security Essentials is free. It should just be bundled with PCs, but I guess Microsoft doesn't want to alienate partner companies like Norton. That's pretty much all you need though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KDude View Post
    Microsoft Security Essentials is free. It should just be bundled with PCs, but I guess Microsoft doesn't want to alienate partner companies like Norton. That's pretty much all you need though.
    Good point!

    I have used AVF Free Edition for years and NEVER gotten a virus.
    The current version is AVG 2011 FREE EDITION:
    http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage

    I also use "SpyBot Search & Destroy" as my adware/malware removal tool, and it is also free.
    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

    AVG updates itself daily.
    You must manually update SpyBot every few days to keep it current. It's no big deal, it takes like 1.3 minutes and is an easy thing to do in the midst of other PC time wasting tasks.
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