Computer for College
Reply 21 of 28
July 10, 2002 11:14AM
[quote]Originally posted by TexMac:
<strong>do any of you know about the details regarding computers' designation as "required supplies" for scholarship purposes?</strong><hr></blockquote>
For the scholarships and grants that I had when I went to college, computers "systems" were ok in the guidelines, but peripherals were not. But I think this varies from scholarship to scholarship.
Reply 22 of 28
July 10, 2002 11:19AM
I don't know how much money you have, but for cost efficiency go for the high end iMac. I do a lot of Photoshop and Final Cut on my G4 tower, which is now slower and does less than said iMac. Plus it's not as cool.
You might be able get away w/ an iBook, but I've never used one for more than 5 minutes, let alone for video. Plus that was the first generation iBook, so it has no relevance. Video is one of those things that you need to render, then walk away and do something else. It's gonna be slow on a tower, and on an iBook. Even if it'smultiple times faster, it's still a wait, and still a chance to play like 5 minutes of video games or something. Despite what people say, speed really isn't crucial unless you're in a large commercial production.
TiBook's are really cool. And really expensive. And they're a lot faster than my tower too. If you have the cash, go for it.
I wouldn't recommend a tower unless you have a really big dorm. It's gotta huge footprint, you'll have to put it on the floor and possible get extension cables for your keyboard and stuff.
Also, buy from the Apple Store--you can get a very nice educational discount (particularly if you're gonna buy FCP- down from $1000 to $300 <img src="graemlins/surprised.gif" border="0" alt="[Surprised]" /> ). You'll probably have to talk to your parents about getting them to help finance it even if you're paying for it...banks don't like handing out loans w/o someone over 21 signing on them.
Btw, <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> to Culo and NebagaKid.
Reply 23 of 28
July 10, 2002 5:15PM
Wow. I just thought about it, and I figured I could afford a completely tricked out PowerBook G4 - Gig of RAM, 60 GB hard drive, 800 MHz - if any of my scholarships covered computer systems as "required supplies." I got three scholarships totaling $14,000 for my first year, and my school's total cost for room and board plus tuition is about $11,000 a year. So I have enough scholarship money left over to get a top of the line PowerBook, and I won't have to buy another computer partway through college with my own money because it'll last me all four years.
I hope one of my scholarships will cover it!
Reply 24 of 28
July 11, 2002 4:22AM
[quote]Originally posted by Luca Rescigno:
<strong>Wow. I just thought about it, and I figured I could afford a completely tricked out PowerBook G4 - Gig of RAM, 60 GB hard drive, 800 MHz - if any of my scholarships covered computer systems as "required supplies." I got three scholarships totaling $14,000 for my first year, and my school's total cost for room and board plus tuition is about $11,000 a year. So I have enough scholarship money left over to get a top of the line PowerBook, and I won't have to buy another computer partway through college with my own money because it'll last me all four years.
I hope one of my scholarships will cover it!</strong><hr></blockquote>
have you calculated phone/cable/clothes? if those scholarsips include 'living expenses' this is what they 'should' go to.
Reply 25 of 28
July 11, 2002 7:31PM
That's true. I'll have to look into that; I'm not sure. I'll probably get an iBook anyway. It's smaller and more durable.
Reply 26 of 28
July 11, 2002 7:32PM
Luca, save your money. PowerBooks depreciate really quickly because they're priced so high. From your list of requirements you're a perfect candidate for an iBook with a 40 GB hard drive.
Fil makes an excellent point. A dorm room is small, and becomes a torture chamber after half a semester, especially if you have a bad roommate, and double especially when you don't have time to do your laundry. <img src="graemlins/surprised.gif" border="0" alt="[Surprised]" /> *hack*cough* At the library, everything is clean, there are plenty of desks, the air is still and quiet, and all the books are easily at hand.
Laptops rock if you have a group assignment.
more expensive than iBooks. The extra money can buy you a ton of stuff. I really can't agree with people who say "if you have the cash, go for it." There are many good things you can do with a grand or more.
Reply 27 of 28
July 11, 2002 7:36PM
Oh, durability. You're absolutely right. I dropped my book five feet onto a steel floor the first day I had it. The battery plastic is the only part of the computer that was affected at all, and it just moved over 1 mm so it sticks out a little. I took it to the shop and they said when the battery wears out and I replace it the computer will look brand-new. Certainly all the computer's parts work.
Reply 28 of 28
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July 11, 2002 8:44PM
well im a junior in college right now, and got a brand new iMac right before my fish year. it was perfect. i dont really need the portability of the ibook, as im only a science major, and dont need it around much. and having the all-in-one ability, its easy to move in and out. of course, where i go to school, "macs suck" so i dont know many other people with similar systems--most people just like to play stupid games...
but hey, for simple computing, the iMac is the best bet.