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Buying a new computer. MAC or PC??


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#1 LeahRae

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 08:17 PM

Alright, so I'm unsure of whether or not to get another PC or to switch to a mac. I've always had PCs, but I always get viruses. I have an iPhone, too, and I love it. I was thinking getting a mac would be like having an iPhone. ha IDK though.. I found this mac on amazon and thought it was pretty reasonable. Is it a good deal.


http://www.amazon.com/Apple-MacBook-MD313LL-13-3-Inch-VERSION/dp/B005CWIVYI/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1326762600&sr=1-3

I'm still debating, though cause macs are a bit pricy. If i don't get the mac, I thought I might get this because it's not as expensive.

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-VPCEH37FX-15-5-Inch-Laptop-Black/dp/B006MB7DII/ref=sr_1_3?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1326762885&sr=1-3

Any help would be appreciated! PS: I'm a girl and in college so like I dont really need it for gaming or anything.. just to listen to music, write papers, and social network basically, so i don't need anything really sick like memory wise or whatever.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 08:59 PM

Do you usually get antivirus software? Your computer (or so I've heard) is as safe as you make it. The mac's however, are a bit pricey for their specs, so I would advise getting a PC (I like Acer, although there are a fair amount of other ones.).
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 09:02 PM

yeah i have anti virus software, but i think im just like retarded or something.. it's kind of embarrassing how prone to viruses i am.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 04:35 PM

The VAIO looks decent enough but first, look at some reviews (user and professional).

I recommend Acer, ASUS, Toshiba, or Sony.

You can find a decent laptop for $500. (mine was 250 GB and 2 GB RAM, decent others.)

You could also go for a netbook. Decent ones can go for $300
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 05:17 PM

The Sony Vaio is more then enough for things your gonna do with it.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 03:39 PM

Get the Sony and never think about getting a Mac. If you're that concerned about getting viruses, download Google Chrome along with the Adblock and Web of Trust add-ons.

I don't mean to talk down to you or anything, but the best antivirus in the world is to not get the viruses in the first place. No antivirus software is 100% effective. The best thing you can do is learn safe browsing habits. This is crucial no matter what OS you're using.
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:15 AM

While I always prefer PCs on price and versatility, I would never get a Sony because of their poor support, compared with Dell or HP. Try downloading a service manual for a Sony.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 05:45 PM

Another vote for the PC.

On the virus issue...If you take a few hours when you first get the PC to setup automatic updates on a good (popular isn't always better) anti virus software and schedule atleast weekly scans, you should be OK with a PC. My personal favorite internet security suite is Kaspersky but others such as AVG or Norton should do the trick aswell.

http://usa.kaspersky.com/products-services/home-computer-security/internet-security

As someone else said, no anti virus software will stop 100% of all attacks. Your best defense is to limit exposure to things as much as possible (ex: don't download illegal software/music, stay away from scam or spam looking sites, use ad blocker when possible).

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:23 AM

Mac has had this "don't get viruses" rep for some time, but the bubble has burst. Read this if you think getting a Mac will protect you from getting infected.
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2012/04/mac-os-x-report-virus-infects-600000-computers/




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