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Need help tired of Windows Computers...MAC Advice

beachin 171 11 December 11, 2015 at 08:36 PM
Hi all. I bought a Dell All in ONe and it has been overheating and gone through 3 hard drives so far. I simply don't trust Windows computers anymore. I am pretty broke right now though and I need some input. What mini MAC is best and how fast or what do I need to know say comparing it to an i5 6GB, 3.40 Ghz. Will it be as fast, faster??? Any help please. Also, I read that to get a refurbished on there is a year that is best because you can do the upgrades. laugh out loudConfused

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Hi all. I bought a Dell All in ONe and it has been overheating and gone through 3 hard drives so far. I simply don't trust Windows computers anymore. I am pretty broke right now though and I need some input. What mini MAC is best and how fast or what do I need to know say comparing it to an i5 6GB, 3.40 Ghz. Will it be as fast, faster??? Any help please. Also, I read that to get a refurbished on there is a year that is best because you can do the upgrades. laugh out loudConfused
Just because you have a unreliable all in one, doesn't mean all windows computers are unreliable. A windows tower type desktop is going to be the cheapest option.

This isn't the best timing for buying a Mac Mini, the current model was released in 2014, a new model is expected early next spring. Your dell all in one is easier to repair and upgrade than a mac mini.

It generally makes more sense to buy recently made computers, if you ever buy a refurbished machine I'd only buy something made in the previous 12 months.
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Mac computers are basically made from from the same hardware windows based computers are. It's not like Apple makes a different processor or hard drive. Their processors are intel,hard drive Seagate or western digital. Literally the only thing most computer manufacturers make is the case and screen and keyboard/mouse.

Only difference is macs only use decent to high end components so their computers start off around $1,000. But for some reason people aren't willing to spend that on a Windows computer. They want to compare a $400 windows computer to a $1000 mac and wonder why they don't get the same experience
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Only difference is macs only use decent to high end components so their computers start off around $1,000.
And they're supposed to go through a rigourous test prior to shipping to eliminate the number of DoAs or machines that die in the first couple of weeks.
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In the mac mini you are getting a laptop processor, not to say that is a bad thing.

Pros to mac is you don't have to worry about a registry becoming a graveyard of left over information every time you uninstall a program.

cons to mac is you are going to pay more for a less spec'd setup. now you will get those that say mac will use premium hardware. if you buy from any reputable pc maker you will get the same premium hardware.

That being said the fact you already have an AIO tells me you use your computer for basic activities such as word processing and surfing the net.

The entry mac mini paired with a decent 1080p 24" monitor will be sufficient for your needs. Keep in mind your PC software will not work on the mac. The mac however does have the same or equivalant software (office for mac).
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how about SSD + external HDD
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I have to apologies but Mac's are more expensive even tho they use the same pats as all PC's. Mac's have a big problem with viruses compared with PC's. Also you cannot upgrade a Mac, but you can upgrade a PC.
Can anyone convince me that gigi-01 with 4,294,967,295 posts isn't a bot?EEK!laugh out loudRoll Eyes (Sarcastic)
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the number isn't increasing,
4,294,967,295 maybe the Max, add 1(the zero), equal to 4Gib
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Well you have to ask moderators how they manage to came up with this number. I AM IN SHOCK TOO. I only made 4 posts so far !!!
2^32-1 is the max value for an unsigned 32 bit integer. Someone messed up Smilie

Since you're not a bot you're going to need to source the statement that macs have more of a malware problem than PCs Smilie

While macs being virus free had long since become a myth, I've seen nothing to suggest that Mac malware is anywhere near as prevalent as PC.
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or limit the cpu speed a little? and set to active cooling?

go to power options, set Processor to 99%, actual speed maybe 80%, 20% slower but maybe 30% less heat, because the voltage will be lower too. and this will disable the "turbo" (maybe no turbo anyway at high temp, or there's a bug, going turbo all the time)
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Last edited by Left4Deal December 12, 2015 at 01:55 PM
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I don't dislike Mac's, they just aren't a practical option if money is tight. Used mac's also often sell for more than they should.

I actually grew up using Mac's, I wrote my first computer program in Apple Basic on an Apple IIe when I was in first grade and had mastered HyperCard and HyperTalk by second grade.
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well, first thing to know is that it's a Mac, short for Macintosh, not a MAC.
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Thanks for some good answers. I will type more when not on cell phone.
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