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Thread: Help with best computer
03-19-2012, 02:44 PM #1Help with best computer
I am looking for a windows laptop with an INTEL core i7, at least 8 gigs of ram, and a 3.3ghz or higher gpu, for under $1000. the goal is to get os x lion running in vmware on the computer so i can officially develop. the computers i have currently just aren't cutting it, and i do not have access to the ones that will. Any help is greatly appreciated.(null)
03-19-2012, 09:33 PM #2
It might seem extremely obvious of me...but I think you should get a Macbook
It's hard to find an i7 laptop for under $1000, even a Windows computer. Those ultrabooks look promising though. I think HP, Toshiba, ASUS, Acer, and Lenovo have them. But yeah with those specs, I think you're looking at over $1000 for any of them. I'm probably wrong though...but yeah that's what I know.
03-20-2012, 04:17 AM #3
Agree with Annie been a pc user for 17 years got a MacBook pro last Christmas and I will never go back to a pc I love it
03-20-2012, 10:48 PM #4
This is a very hard question to answer though. Now will you be able to build an i7 comp with your specs for under a 1000$? Well, maybe, yea, but your going to be getting low-end parts for almost everything just to meet your budget and specs.
Now as both of the mods have said it may seem like the obvious choice to just buy a macbook... but I disagree.
Chepest MacBook Pro is 1200. For 800$ I can build a custom PC that will absolutely destroy that MacBook Pro, spec wise, let me say again, SPEC WISE. ( Not anti-virus wise, ease of software, just specs ) RAM, Storage, Everything would be better and higher end than the mac.
However I see you wanna run a VM on your computer so you can develop Apple software due to Xcode being available only for mac. Let me tell you this as a former VM user. I ran a VM running SnowLeopard on my core i3 HP Dv6, now dont get me wrong this thing was far from fast, but it kept up at a pretty decent rate, and that was a 400$ computer bought from Circuit City.
So in conclusion I will say this, and people may not agree but its my opinion. Go on TigerDirect or NewEgg do some serious research man, and build your own computer. If you take your time and research right, you should be able to spend 7-9$ on a computer that will run MAC OS better than a MAC
PC FOR LIFE
03-20-2012, 10:59 PM #5
By all means I don't disagree. My suggestion for a MacBook was lighthearted lol. I can agree getting a PC is more affordable, and comparable in performance; however, I don't ever I enjoy the durability of the MacBook Pro or Air. I've had the white MacBook plastic break off, multiple Windows laptop keys fall off, cracked bodies, etc. I just don't like plastic laptops. I also like OS X anyway, don't ever use Windows.
But yeah, building your own computer is cheaper but it'll be hard to find even a Windows laptop under $1000 with those specs, new.
03-21-2012, 02:30 PM #6
I spent $400 on a 11" netbook (AMD, cuz it was faster than the Atoms)
and it runs Snow Leopard natively.....
but it was hellish getting it installed and booting. Took me nearly a year to get most things working. (still no audio, no power management) In the end, useless for iOS development. Because by the time I was able to get XCode working reasonably, it was obsolete and horrifically slow.
I just "upgraded" back to it's native Windows7, last week.
If you're serious about iOS dev, and not a serious hardware hacker, get a real macbook instead.
If you're a little less serious about most things, and have more patience than money look here:
HCL 10.7.3/Portables - OSx86
HCL 10.6.8/Portables - OSx86
Forget the specs you're looking for.
What you want is COMPATIBILITY.
And booting OS X natively (dual boot) is really the only way to go.
03-22-2012, 03:17 PM #7
Thanks for all the responses guys. I must say i am a windows person for life, i could never have mac as a default operating system. I have had it running in virtualbox before, and i want to see how vmware compares. Plus, i love a good challenge, and i can start legitimate developing. I figured the best computer for this would be a beefy one. Unfortunatly, my parents are not willing to spend that much, and my bday is coming up, so thats why i have consulted u guys.(null)
03-22-2012, 05:29 PM #8
iOS developing was meant to be done on a mac, apple --> ios.
As for the specs, they go over $1000. The high end laptops have equal hardware distribution, the best go with the best. I suggest custom building a tower just as far as pricing goes.
03-22-2012, 08:27 PM #9