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What Mac to buy for about $2000 USD?

If one had about $2000 USD, what Mac model would one buy and why? Let me know if you need more info before answering my question. Thanks.
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  1. Retina display macbook ... Why are you asking such a vague question?

    You should post full usage needs, portability priorities, etc though in order for useful thoughts.
  2. orestesdd said:
    If one had about $2000 USD, what Mac model would one buy and why? Let me know if you need more info before answering my question. Thanks.
    Are you really interested in buying one or is this a hypothetical question with no relevance at all?
  3. I would buy a custom PC and build a hackingtosh for less money and have a better system, and be able to dual boot.
  4. Build a PC and hackintosh it, ffs.
  5. i really can't answer that without more info. I will say I wasn't as impressed by the Retina Display MacBook as I'd hoped.
  6. I was not to impressed either. Just overpriced.
  7. You dont spend $2000 on a Mac. You spend less and upgrade RAM and SSD yourself
  8. I would spend the $2000 on a triple corssfire 7970 setup that you can add to your PC build ;)
  9. leandrodafontoura said:
    You dont spend $2000 on a Mac. You spend less and upgrade RAM and SSD yourself
    That ia a good solution also.
  10. Best answer
    Don't waste your money on the Retina display Macs, go for the other non-Retina ones. I had read that with the Retina ones, most apps don't even support resolutions that high, especially if you try to install Windows 7 on it via Bootcamp, it will have problems.
  11. daship said:
    I would buy a custom PC and build a hackingtosh for less money and have a better system, and be able to dual boot.


    Could not agree more. As far as the new Mac Book Pro they are junk that you can't even upgrade the ram as it is soldered to the mainboard plus the SSD drive can't be upgraded as it is Apple proprietary.
  12. leandrodafontoura said:
    You dont spend $2000 on a Mac. You spend less and upgrade RAM and SSD yourself

    Though I wouldn't recommend trying to upgrade the SSD on an IMac. Trying to do that yourself is just a silly undertaking and it takes for frikking ever.

    Big cuddos to OWC though they have great hardware and video guides for self install http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/
  13. $2000 what mac to get?

    125x

    +

    1x ASUS Zenbook Prime

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230470
  14. ^Randini knows what's up.
  15. daship said:
    I would buy a custom PC and build a hackingtosh for less money and have a better system, and be able to dual boot.


    cuecuemore said:
    Build a PC and hackintosh it, ffs.


    Anonymous said:
  16. No comparison to Mac vs Asus. Not in the same ballgame.
  17. musical marv said:
    No comparison to Mac vs Asus. Not in the same ballgame.

    I know Mac sux...
    overpriced Foxconn garbage for inside guts.
    why you think the Foxconn employees are committing suicide.?
  18. musical marv said:
    No comparison to Mac vs Asus. Not in the same ballgame.


    Yea, the BigMac looks a LOT tastier :bounce:

    Now I'm hungry :sweat:
  19. Cause foxconn makes hardware for only Apple RIGHT!?!?
  20. no Foxconn makes a lot of different little 'techies' and deal with almost everybody in one way or another...
    not real big but they are big.
  21. Is this a troll thread because OP never responded?

    OP, if you aren't trolling,

    your current build is already a perfectly viable hackintosh (depending on what his graphics are).

    I have the same motherboard (z68x-ud3h-b3) and it basically works out of the box with OSX Lion / Mountain Lion.
  22. XD_dued said:
    Is this a troll thread because OP never responded?

    OP, if you aren't trolling,

    your current build is already a perfectly viable hackintosh (depending on what his graphics are).

    I have the same motherboard (z68x-ud3h-b3) and it basically works out of the box with OSX Lion / Mountain Lion.

    trolling..
  23. if i was getting one i would get http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MD103LL/A?=
    the 15" non retina display
  24. verbalizer said:
    trolling..

    At this point I'd agree :D
  25. musical marv said:
    I was not to impressed either. Just overpriced.


    I always thought so; thus, we are on agreement about the price or overprice. Thanks.
  26. wiinippongamer said:
    I would spend the $2000 on a triple corssfire 7970 setup that you can add to your PC build ;)

    At this point, I will leave my build (Hack) as it is. I want to add a real Mac some time soon. By the way, my build (Hack) is a dual boot PC with Windows 7 Pro installed, and I am very please with its performance. At any rate, thanks.
  27. mknabster said:
    Don't waste your money on the Retina display Macs, go for the other non-Retina ones. I had read that with the Retina ones, most apps don't even support resolutions that high, especially if you try to install Windows 7 on it via Bootcamp, it will have problems.


    Thanks for pointing that out. I don't think the Retina display is such a great thing. It sounds to me more like a gimmick than an improvement over other HD displays. Just my opinion.
  28. Take your $2000 and buy a 30 IPS monitor and GTX680. You will have some leftover money to buy ipad for your wife too.
  29. orestesdd said:
    Thanks for pointing that out. I don't think the Retina display is such a great thing. It sounds to me more like a gimmick than an improvement over other HD displays. Just my opinion.



    The WHOLE apple product lineup is a gimmick, but oh well. Ain't my money :D
  30. wiinippongamer said:
    The WHOLE apple product lineup is a gimmick, but oh well. Ain't my money :D


    I agree..
  31. XD_dued said:
    Is this a troll thread because OP never responded?

    OP, if you aren't trolling,

    your current build is already a perfectly viable hackintosh (depending on what his graphics are).

    I have the same motherboard (z68x-ud3h-b3) and it basically works out of the box with OSX Lion / Mountain Lion.


    This isn't a "trolling tread whatsoever! If you don't like my posts, then say nothing or post nothing, period. So far, nobody has given me the answer to decide what to do.
  32. I would build a custom PC and use VMware to run OSX if for some ungodly reason it was needed.
  33. edogawa said:
    I would build a custom PC and use VMware to run OSX if for some ungodly reason it was needed.


    Isn't VMware an expensive piece of software? I used Oracle VM VirtualBox, but it was hard to keep it up with the software. By the way, VirtualBox is free, and I believe VMware is about a $200 proposition.
  34. Best answer selected by orestesdd.
  35. You call every software which main purpose is OS virtualization VMware, That one of those programs is called VMware is a different matter.
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