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My 8 year old son wants his own computer; should I get him a Windows PC or a Mac? Please tell me why.

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asked Jun 06 '10 at 04:36

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edited Apr 30 '11 at 19:22

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How does this guy only have 1 karma point but the question have 5 votes up?

(Nov 01 '10 at 00:32) FilipinoPower FilipinoPower's gravatar image

I think because it is community wiki.

(Nov 01 '10 at 19:35) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

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8 years old!?!?!?! that is kind of young for getting someone their own computer, isn't it? you might be good getting a computer and putting Edubuntu on it. It is a education linux distribution with nice games and applications.

answered Jun 06 '10 at 04:47

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i agree with you, if you are desperate for him to have somthing get him a netbook at the most, he wont need the massive power of a mac, or really any windows pc

(Jul 24 '10 at 15:11) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

I was 3 when I had my first computer. I was not allowed the internet till I was a bit older (about 8 or 9).

(Aug 16 '10 at 04:09) Fish Fish's gravatar image

Agreed. My first (that I owned) was a Windows 95. I just played Pajama Sam all day.

(Sep 01 '10 at 17:46) kmark937 kmark937's gravatar image

Pajama Sam!

(Oct 31 '10 at 21:04) Matthew B Matthew%20B's gravatar image

i was 2 when i first used windows 98SE

(May 02 '11 at 01:41) TheTechoWiz TheTechoWiz's gravatar image

Wow, I was 2 when I got my first computer too! I think it was running Windows 95 but I don't exactly remember.

(Jun 02 '11 at 22:56) KylePolansky KylePolansky's gravatar image

i didn't have my own pc till i was about 14 years, but I started I using a pc, like really using it, when I got around 13 years old. before that, we only used it for school

(Jun 30 '11 at 14:22) joosthere joosthere's gravatar image

I wouldn't put Edubuntu on a child's computer and rather let the child use Windows as it is the operating system that they are most likely to encounter later on in life; allowing them to get useful practice for school and the ability to use most computers out there.

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Just a cheap second hand PC will do the trick, make sure you have internet filters on it.

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answered Jun 06 '10 at 05:25

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My suggestion is buy him all the individual parts and walk him through building it or get him a laptop. My dad helped me build my first computer around that age, and now I am fifteen and a wiz with tech.

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answered Jun 06 '10 at 05:25

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I wish my dad did that...

(Jul 06 '10 at 22:50) Luke oX Luke%20oX's gravatar image

yeah me to I would love that

(Jul 11 '10 at 20:41) Thyrth Thyrth's gravatar image

That would be awesome!

(Aug 15 '10 at 22:47) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

I did exactly as suggested above by Rathion. Except after Christmas Mass my parents came downstairs to sight that caused them to scream in horror. I had completely disassembled the TI-994A computer they had purchased for me when I was 16.

I already knew how to use the computer. I just wanted to figure out how it worked. grins

(Aug 15 '10 at 22:53) SpyderBite SpyderBite's gravatar image

I had to build it myself at 13...

(Oct 31 '10 at 18:56) HHBones HHBones's gravatar image

Probably Windows, if you give him Windows, he will get smarter than with a Mac, but a Mac is easier.

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answered Jun 06 '10 at 04:43

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edited Jul 14 '10 at 17:08

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Apparently you're still using Microsoft's spell checker...

(Jul 11 '10 at 20:31) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

there isnt one in ie, so hes either bad at spelling or using a 3rd party one

(Aug 16 '10 at 05:29) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Neither! At that age I suggest a simple Linux that allows him to easily surf the web or create simple documents. As he gets older you can upgrade software and hardware.

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answered Jun 06 '10 at 04:53

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It might be more useful to know how to use Windows and Mac.

(Nov 01 '10 at 19:40) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

What does he want to do with his computer? Do you plan on buying him games to play on it, or is he going to play online, web-based games? Will he be using it for school or planning to take it over to friends' homes to work and play together?

The answers to the above help decide if he would be best served by a desktop or a laptop computer. At that point, you can decide which operating system is the best fit for the programs you already own or plan to purchase for him.

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answered Jun 06 '10 at 04:44

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he loves using sketch up.. refer to his link http://www.tasdesigns.webs.com/

(Jun 06 '10 at 05:22) archiscale archiscale's gravatar image

i'd say get a mac cuz sketchup by google runs very slowly and oftenly hand and i had to restart the programe. my laptop has a specs of intel core i5. so i am typing this off a mac so you better get him the mac. mac is for desinging and archetechure and a pc is only good for games . anyway is he planning to also use this computer for education also? if yes, go to the apple store and tell them that you are a student and they will give you discount. and you can get your mac cheaper. and a pc, the hardware is lousy and it often crashes.

Get him a mac. I gurentee that you and him won't regret about the mac. The mac is speedy and fast. the OS is really easier to use. it comes with better features that a pc. PCS come with bloatware and trail versons of software and needed to be renued if the trail finished. So just to sum it up, get him a mac. trust me you won't go wrong and your son will not complain about how slow it is.

(Jul 23 '10 at 10:23) DanielTechShow DanielTechShow's gravatar image

ok, maybe a pc comes with bloatware, but there is nothing stopping you diaabline it all

(Jul 24 '10 at 15:13) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

I could make your son a website. :D

(Aug 15 '10 at 23:11) DanielHep DanielHep's gravatar image

For free. And I could even host it for him.

(Aug 15 '10 at 23:13) DanielHep DanielHep's gravatar image

definably a pc

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answered Jun 06 '10 at 04:44

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Get him a Mac. Mac has Steam now so Macs can game. If he is a gamer, get him a Mac and let him experience the thrill of being involved in a new community. You can also install Windows on a Mac if necessary. Linux is a good OS but not for inexperienced users unless your using Ubuntu.

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answered Jun 06 '10 at 05:25

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Mac users rejoice as they think steam games are all of the PC game catalogue!

(Jul 07 '10 at 01:24) BeigeGenius BeigeGenius's gravatar image

Yes, but if he gets Linux he will be much more tech savvy, and he'll learn how to get online help to boot.

(Oct 31 '10 at 18:57) HHBones HHBones's gravatar image

If I had an 8 year old, personally, I would get him an iPod touch to start. Easy to block content, and more portable. He will use that more than a computer. But if thats not what you want to do, then I suggest getting him a Mac.

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answered Jun 19 '10 at 16:18

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He'll never use the power of it. Don't bother with a Mac. Get him a netbook.

(Oct 31 '10 at 19:02) HHBones HHBones's gravatar image

Mac, definitly. Easy, stabil, good looking interface, and cool!

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answered Jun 06 '10 at 04:49

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