well everyone will rape you for not using the searchbar since there was a thread about this a couple days ago....
that being said, if you only use your computer for school and personal stuff and nothing fancy, and you don't want to break the bank, most people will say stay with a pc and don't go mac. you could always look into some of the new macbooks just a 13" or somethin a little lower on their spectrum. but for a similar price you can probably get a pretty decent pc as well. but if you don't do much more than word, excel, internet surfing and stuff like that, you won't really notice the difference in hardware and speeds.
i love my macbook pro and would never go back to pc but i use it for the production software and thats why i got it originally. but it just depends on your needs and what your going to use it for
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