Buying New PB, What's more important...?

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  1. itsbetteronamac macrumors regular

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    OK... so I am going to most likely be buying a new powerbook w/ edu discounts. And I am going to be getting a 15inch, but I want to keep the price under 2500 as best I can. So my question is which is more important upgrading the VRAM to 128mb or upgrading the HD to 100gb? If this makes a difference I will be keeping this computer for three years, and then I will get a new one for college.
     
  2. apple_g5 macrumors member

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    I'd instantly choose more vRam!

    If you run out of storage place, you can compensate that with a cheap external HD. -> you can't do that with the vRam

    jul
     
  3. itsbetteronamac thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's a good point, that's what I was going to do. :)
     
  4. mariahlullaby macrumors 6502a

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    I agree, upgrade the VRAM. 20GB isn't going to make a big difference in the grand scheme of things; if you're keeping the laptop for awhile, the external HD is the way to go (personally). Get the VRAM!! :)
     
  5. itsbetteronamac thread starter macrumors regular

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    OK... so I guess VRAM it is.... thanks for the advice
     
  6. tuartboy macrumors 6502a

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    if you are going to buy one for college in 3 years, how are you buying it now with edu discounts? ;)
     
  7. everybodylikepi macrumors member

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    there's an edu store for K-12 as well!
    :D
     
  8. itsbetteronamac thread starter macrumors regular

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    My mom is a teacher! So I've always had the benifit of edu discounts
     
  9. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    But only if you're a faculty member. It doesn't apply for students.
     
  10. wdschrank macrumors member

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    Can't you get both and some additional ram and keep it under $2500 with your mom's edu discount? If not, my vote is for VRAM. You can start seeing the effects of that right away. You probably won't run out of HD space for some time and can easily fix that externally as others have mentioned.
     
  11. amac4me macrumors 65816

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    Agreed ... go for the better graphics card.
     
  12. Alisha macrumors newbie

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    Just dont ever, *ever*, drop the external hard drive. You do, you screwed.
     
  13. ericssonboi macrumors 6502

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    VRAM is my vote too...
    I didn't upgrade my HD and spent the money on VRAM.
    Bought a 80GB external hard for 60 bucks CDN on Dell's 10 days of Sales.
    Way cheaper, more space... and i enjoy my graphics.. :)
     
  14. 30Inches macrumors newbie

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    UNDER $2500

    You can get a fully loaded 15" with 100GB, 1.67Ghz, AND the 128MB of video memory at MacMall or BHphoto for UNDER $2500.00 (including tax). Not bad at all. GET BOTH! ;)
     
  15. zelmo macrumors 603

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    Get Both - $2,279

    Apple EDU price is $2279 for the 1.67GHz 15" PowerBook with both the 100GB hdd AND 128MB GPU.
    You can then add another 512MB stick from Crucial for $66, and still stay under budget, with shipping included.
     

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