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February 15, 2011 11:56:53 PM

I am looking to purchase a new laptop. I'm looking at the 13 inch macbook pro but concerned about the processor. Not sure if I should be. the 15 inch has the i5 processor and better graphics card. Not sure what would be best considring intel coming out with the 2nd generation i processors.

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February 15, 2011 11:58:31 PM

The i5 has a better integrated graphics, as well as a more energy efficient design. Also depending on the chip, you might have a 4 core chip while the core 2 duo is only 2 cores. The i5 is a better choice.
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February 15, 2011 11:59:25 PM

Also, the second gen i processor won't be available for apples for a while so if you wait, you'll be in for quite a long wait!
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February 16, 2011 1:43:47 AM

Well it all depends what you are going to be using it for. For Mobility and just checking e-mail youtubeing and etc. the intel core 2 duo. If your going to use it for a little less protability and more video editing and more applications that need more cpu and graphics abilities. The intel core i5. For me personly I would go with the intel core i5. Also check your budget do you want to spend the extra cash. Also the i5 will be able to compare with processors down the road. Apple is always behind on computer hardware so it might be a little bit of time before the second gen i5 is out.
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April 28, 2011 1:31:30 AM

Computerrock1 said:
The i5 has a better integrated graphics, as well as a more energy efficient design. Also depending on the chip, you might have a 4 core chip while the core 2 duo is only 2 cores. The i5 is a better choice.

that's coming from someone who uses AMD, right? :pfff: 
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April 28, 2011 4:08:35 AM

DARAEFBDDDDDDDGJ said:
that's coming from someone who uses AMD, right? :pfff: 

WHAT!? Why does that make him use AMD? He is giving reasons why an INTEL Core i5 is better than a Core 2 Duo... Help, or leave... :pfff: 

I would get a core i5. If your buying a Mac, you are probably going to be doing more than just E-mail. More CPU intensive things. But, if you are really only going to do E-mail, get the Core 2 Duo.
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April 28, 2011 4:17:52 AM

Any particular reasons for getting a Mac..?? You can get better spec notebooks from other vendors for the price of a Macbook..
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April 28, 2011 4:19:55 AM

Emperus said:
Any particular reasons for getting a Mac..?? You can get better spec notebooks from other vendors for the price of a Macbook..

I know, I hate Macs... Bad price/performance ratio. I also like AMD for that very reason!
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April 28, 2011 7:21:49 AM

Hackintosh........
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April 28, 2011 4:25:33 PM

king smp said:
Hackintosh........

How is that a hackintosh? He is buying a real Mac, not a PC and turning it into a Mac. He is just asking what CPU for his Mac he should get.
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April 28, 2011 4:31:51 PM

It was just a idea since everybody was talking about how a Intel laptop is a better
idea
SO
using a Intel PC based laptop and dual booting with Mac OS would
be a legitimate idea
if they need to use Mac based software
that MANY are doing nowadays
It does give the OP an option that they might have not known about

Not that I really had to explain myself to you, did I? :) 
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April 28, 2011 4:49:16 PM

king smp said:
It was just a idea since everybody was talking about how a Intel laptop is a better
idea
SO
using a Intel PC based laptop and dual booting with Mac OS would
be a legitimate idea
if they need to use Mac based software
that MANY are doing nowadays
It does give the OP an option that they might have not known about

Not that I really had to explain myself to you, did I? :) 

Yes, you did. I thought you said he had a hackintosh. Anywho, Windows 7 is waaaaaaayyyyyyy better anyway. :whistle: 
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April 28, 2011 4:53:17 PM

@ king smp Hey, you changed your self-quote. You said you had the other one on a day you were feeling, "Evil", and that you were going to change it. Were you feeling evil the day you wrote, "No one can hear you scream under water" too? Haha :lol: 
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April 28, 2011 5:02:15 PM

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yup, i have snow leopard 10.6.2 running on my Acer laptop, my HP and my custom build =D in my opinion its even better than a imac because i can do everything on it AND overclock! (although most of the time i boot into windows 7, just better imo)

I don't reallylike the OS X set up. It bugs me...
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April 28, 2011 5:02:50 PM

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yup, i have snow leopard 10.6.2 running on my Acer laptop, my HP and my custom build =D in my opinion its even better than a imac because i can do everything on it AND overclock! (although most of the time i boot into windows 7, just better imo)

By the way, you joined Tom's on my B-day! :D 
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April 28, 2011 5:17:57 PM

HostileDonut said:
@ king smp Hey, you changed your self-quote. You said you had the other one on a day you were feeling, "Evil", and that you were going to change it. Were you feeling evil the day you wrote, "No one can hear you scream under water" too? Haha :lol: 


Yea
Been playing alot of Bioshock 2 with my daughter
trying to finish the game
so I have an excuse to get Bio3

I really am in a Puppydog and Butterfly mood






for dinner that is.........
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April 28, 2011 5:19:36 PM

HostileDonut said:
Yes, you did. I thought you said he had a hackintosh. Anywho, Windows 7 is waaaaaaayyyyyyy better anyway. :whistle: 


%100 agree

but I want to get a copy of a Mac OS
and dual boot myself so I can learn Mac
never worked with one
and I am a so-called paid computer tech
just no Macs come my way to fix

a perfect world would be a Win7 Ultimate,Mac OS and Ubuntu triple boot :) 

I have done the dual boot with XP Pro and Ubuntu and that was cool
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April 28, 2011 5:24:07 PM

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yup, i have snow leopard 10.6.2 running on my Acer laptop, my HP and my custom build =D in my opinion its even better than a imac because i can do everything on it AND overclock! (although most of the time i boot into windows 7, just better imo)


that is really cool!

one day when I can get a snow leopard install disk
I hope I can bug you with questions :) 

also my daughter just got a PSP 3000 (PSP GO BOO!)
if you are a PSP person maybe I can PM some questions to you?
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April 28, 2011 6:03:01 PM

king smp said:
Yea
Been playing alot of Bioshock 2 with my daughter
trying to finish the game
so I have an excuse to get Bio3

I really am in a Puppydog and Butterfly mood






for dinner that is.........

Nice, Bioshock with your daughter.... Sounds like some real bonding time! :lol:  Hope you win! ;) 
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April 28, 2011 6:04:25 PM

HostileDonut said:
Nice, Bioshock with your daughter.... Sounds like some real bonding time! :lol:  Hope you win! ;) 

Bioshock and bonding time? :o 
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April 28, 2011 6:05:11 PM

Yea BioShock series to me has to be one of the best games ever done
I have only played number 2 but will go pick up number 1 soon

did you see Youtube of BioShock 3 yet?
Freakin' awesome. man
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April 28, 2011 6:05:12 PM

ghnader hsmithot said:
Bioshock and bonding time? :o 

I was kidding...
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April 28, 2011 6:07:22 PM

king smp said:
Yea BioShock series to me has to be one of the best games ever done
I have only played number 2 but will go pick up number 1 soon

did you see Youtube of BioShock 3 yet?
Freakin' awesome. man

Nah, haven't seen it. Sorry.
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April 28, 2011 6:07:24 PM

ghnader hsmithot said:
Bioshock and bonding time? :o 



I know the game is kinda of pushing it
but I believe kids have to learn the difference
between pretend and reality

I try to teach her the stuff on TV/computer is
make believe and dont take it seriously

Local and world news is scarier!
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April 28, 2011 6:09:51 PM

king smp said:
I know the game is kinda of pushing it
but I believe kids have to learn the difference
between pretend and reality

I try to teach her the stuff on TV/computer is
make believe and dont take it seriously

Local and world news is scarier!

I swear, I am not trying to be a creeper, but how old is your daughter if you are still teaching her real and pretend? Bioshock and a 3 year old?
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April 28, 2011 6:23:59 PM

No just turning ten
she does know the difference of course
but
she still gets scared by scary movies etc
like most kids around her age
I want her to learn that the horror movies and
creepy games are just silliness

The real monsters in this world are cancer,poverty,starvation and terrorism etc
Not vampires or zombies
Those are just silly fun
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April 28, 2011 6:32:38 PM

king smp said:
No just turning ten
she does know the difference of course
but
she still gets scared by scary movies etc
like most kids around her age
I want her to learn that the horror movies and
creepy games are just silliness

The real monsters in this world are cancer,poverty,starvation and terrorism etc
Not vampires or zombies
Those are just silly fun

Poetry, pure poetry... Haha :lol:  I see. I just thought you had a 6 year old playing Bioshock, and I was like, "WHAT THE HECK?!?! THIS GUY IS A MANIAC!" haha
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April 28, 2011 6:37:58 PM

Cool :) 

she is actually right next to me reading this BTW

she says "she has alot of fun playing BShock but is still scared of alot
of pretend monsters like Freddy Krueger (i did let her watch the cleaner parts of
Nightmare on Elm Street since she was having nightmares from the TV commercials
and I wanted her to see that Freddy is kinda of corny with his jokes)

also I showed her Youtube of Robert Englund (actor-Freddy) and how
he looks like a nice old grandfather
she felt better afterwards LOL
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April 28, 2011 6:40:34 PM

Nice, is she homeschooled? Or just a half day or something? You sound like a good father. My brother (10) and sister (9) are still scared of the dark. They have to sleep with someone. It is good that you are teaching your daughter now.
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April 28, 2011 9:19:46 PM

HostileDonut said:
Nice, is she homeschooled? Or just a half day or something? You sound like a good father. My brother (10) and sister (9) are still scared of the dark. They have to sleep with someone. It is good that you are teaching your daughter now.


Easter vacation or Spring Break to be Politically Correct LOL
Thank you for the compliment
I really try to do my best as a Dad
It is the hardest job in the world to be a good Dad
Also like being her friend while at the same time being her father
Very fine line
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April 28, 2011 9:21:30 PM

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ps3 homebrew programmer and DS game editor and modder but no PSP because i dont have one lol.


Sweet
I have been wanting so bad to hack her Wii and her PSP
but I am afraid I might brick them
One power outage while flashing the firmware and
I am "bricked" by my Wife LOL
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April 28, 2011 9:40:17 PM

king smp said:
Easter vacation or Spring Break to be Politically Correct LOL
Thank you for the compliment
I really try to do my best as a Dad
It is the hardest job in the world to be a good Dad
Also like being her friend while at the same time being her father
Very fine line

No problem. I hope you can mod the PSP and Wii. I don't even have to first clue to coding and madding and all that, so I can't help you. That's beyond me.

Happy Easter break!
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April 28, 2011 9:44:03 PM

The PSP 3000 is at $130 USD so I got that plus a 8gb mem stick plus
Sonic RIvals,Hannah Montana and Sega Genesis 28 game collection

the sega genesis collection is kinda for me too LOL
she likes it and it has all the cool games from the 16bit Genesis which
i loved back in the day
It is great to play all the games that I couldnt afford back then :) 
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April 28, 2011 9:46:57 PM

HostileDonut said:
No problem. I hope you can mod the PSP and Wii. I don't even have to first clue to coding and madding and all that, so I can't help you. That's beyond me.

Happy Easter break!


No I cant take a chance with modding them
Though when Sonys NGP game player comes
out then she will get that and I will get her PSP :)  LOL
then the fun begins
I had to set up a network render machine with Sony Vegas Pro 8 to
handle the work load from transcoding her movies and videos
That was alot of fun but hard work at same time
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April 28, 2011 9:47:55 PM

Nice.
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April 28, 2011 9:50:22 PM

king smp said:
No I cant take a chance with modding them
Though when Sonys NGP game player comes
out then she will get that and I will get her PSP :)  LOL
then the fun begins
I had to set up a network render machine with Sony Vegas Pro 8 to
handle the work load from transcoding her movies and videos
That was alot of fun but hard work at same time

Man, your hands are full.
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April 28, 2011 9:52:00 PM

Hostile Donut

Thank you for saying Happy Easter
I really appreciate u saying that :) 

BTW he is the bestest DAD I ever should have :) 

signed
PRINCESS SMP
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April 28, 2011 9:53:52 PM

Oh when is the Original Poster going to come
back so we can stop hijacking his thread LOL

This has been great but I dont want to be rude
Hopefull we can help them :) 
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April 28, 2011 9:54:51 PM

Haha, no problem! By the way, what does SMP mean?
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April 28, 2011 9:57:02 PM

king smp said:
Oh when is the Original Poster going to come
back so we can stop hijacking his thread LOL

This has been great but I dont want to be rude
Hopefull we can help them :) 

Yeah, same. I think he got his answer and just didn't pick it though. Here, I will set him straight, RIGHT NOW! If you are buying a Mac just to buy and Mac and just check E-mail, get the C2D. If you are actually doing something with your machine, like video editing, multi-tasking, playing games, etc. get the Core i5. There is your answer.
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April 28, 2011 9:58:30 PM

Enjoying ourselves arent we?
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April 28, 2011 9:59:34 PM

ghnader hsmithot said:
Enjoying ourselves arent we?

YES! I like talking! :pt1cable:  :hello:  :sol: 
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April 28, 2011 10:00:52 PM

HostileDonut said:
YES! I like talking! :pt1cable:  :hello:  :sol: 

Elegant indeed.
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April 28, 2011 10:01:47 PM

ghnader hsmithot said:
Elegant indeed.

Thank you.
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April 28, 2011 10:20:44 PM

HostileDonut said:
Haha, no problem! By the way, what does SMP mean?


Symmetric Multi Processing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symmetric_multiprocessing

basically have two cpus in one tower
originally referring to dual Xeon or Opteron etc workstations and servers
I owned an older Dual Xeon for years and love dual cpu setups
Dont let anybody fool you
if you have a chance at a modern dual CPU setup cheap then go for it
More cores the better
Really expensive and not gaming machines since they dont overclock or usually have SLI/CF etc
but for encoding/rendering/multitasking they cant be beat by anything
if you look at multithreaded benches like Cinebench they are dominated by dual CPU setups
how can you not like the idea of 8 cores/16 threads (or more) with 32gb ram!
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April 28, 2011 10:22:12 PM

ghnader hsmithot said:
Enjoying ourselves arent we?


Hi Z
Nice of you to join the party :sol: 
the noobs still getting to you? LOL
I pm'd you back when you get the chance
L8R
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April 29, 2011 2:11:15 AM

king smp said:
Symmetric Multi Processing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symmetric_multiprocessing

basically have two cpus in one tower
originally referring to dual Xeon or Opteron etc workstations and servers
I owned an older Dual Xeon for years and love dual cpu setups
Dont let anybody fool you
if you have a chance at a modern dual CPU setup cheap then go for it
More cores the better
Really expensive and not gaming machines since they dont overclock or usually have SLI/CF etc
but for encoding/rendering/multitasking they cant be beat by anything
if you look at multithreaded benches like Cinebench they are dominated by dual CPU setups
how can you not like the idea of 8 cores/16 threads (or more) with 32gb ram!

Thank you.
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April 29, 2011 3:19:01 AM

if your budget is enough, take the i5. it more better than core 2 duo........ :D 
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April 29, 2011 4:49:36 AM

Bagaskoro Olga Yonear said:
to all, why do you even own quarrel?


do you mean why we "fight" on here

if you mean that
well some members are rude and ignorant
usually young kids (nothing personal to the good kids)
or thirty year old people living in mothers basement

I have seen others or myself get insulted for no reason
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