Is a MB right for me?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Dan2009, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. Dan2009 macrumors newbie

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    I've had the same computer since 2000. (mind you, I have upgraded) Now it will cost me more to upgrade again than it would cost me merely to buy a new comp. I do video and picture editing. I love my music; and I also game in my spare time. Given these hobbies would you say that the MB is right for me?
     
  2. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    well it can handle all of those things, but with gaming it depends on what games
     
  3. eidrunner247 macrumors 6502

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    If you game in your spare time with a six year old computer, you will be able to do those same games and much newer ones with a macbook
     
  4. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

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    What kind of computer are you using right now? The MB will most certainly serve you far better than whatever it is, but we can only verify that if we know what you have now.
     
  5. Kardashian macrumors 68020

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    Backing up what everyone said here, the MacBook will do what you want, and more - your using a 6 year old computer now and doing all that - this thing will fly.

    However, the only area where the MacBook lags, compared to its Pro counterpart, is in the Graphics Card. The MB doesn't have one, well, not a standalone, its intergrated. It uses system memory as its graphics memory.

    Meaning, you can't play graphic intensive games at the highest quality. However, in Windows XP, you can allow it more memory than what the Mac OSX allowes it, or something :)confused: ). (Macs run Windows as well, incase your not currently using a Mac).

    But the games you play on a 6 year old PC will run on a MacBook fine, just maybe the latest and greatest won't, at their best quality.
     
  6. YoYoMa macrumors 6502

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    Depending on how you configure it the MBP can be twice as expensive as the MB. It definately does not seem like that would be a worthwhile investment for someone whos getting along with a 6 or 7 year old notebook. The MB is a very capable machine and has a lot of value. I suggest waiting until Sept 12 to see if it gains Merom however.
     
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I think that a MacBook should work quite nicely for you Dan2009. The only thing that you might have problems doing on a MacBook is playing graphic intensive games (i.e.- Doom III, Quake 4, etc....). :)
     
  8. Dan2009 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. Currently I own a Gateway desktop. My main problem is that the processor (installed whent the comp was built) is out of date. Also, I wanted to make the transition into a mac for the pracital advantages. It has a 96 GB hard drive, NVIDIA graphics card...etc.
     
  9. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    May not hurt to look for deals on Macbook Pros if you want to game. Other than that, you'll probably squeal in joy after seeing what iLife can do as regards your main uses of the PC :D
     
  10. Shotgun Pete macrumors regular

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    Am I the only one who is getting sick of all of these: IS a mac right for me... or Im just starting school and NEED a laptop so the other kids wont laugh at me, the only one that I can afford is the cheapest one but what one should I buy.

    there are a billion of these bleeding threads from people who have pretty much identical needs and they have been answered in great detail every time.
     
  11. Dan2009 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I would be looking into a MBP, however I'm on an incredibly tight budget. And gaming is just a hobbie...but out of curiosity what are the most notable differences between the two products when it comes to gaming?
     
  12. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502

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    The most noticeable difference would be frame rates but that depends entirely on what games you will be playing.
     
  13. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    The GMA950 is a fairly good integrated graphics chipset, probably one of the best - but this is no big shakes in the overall context of GPU's. The MBP has a 'proper' GPU, although it's apparently intentionally crippled to stop the whole thing going up in smoke. The GPU performance will only really be a serious issue with games, and also if you want to use large monitors with complex 3D effects.

    However since this is going to be your main computer, it's worth mentioning that the more you do, the more limitations you'll notice with the Macbook in comparison to the Macbook Pro. The requirement for good 3D performance may crop up in all sorts of stuff, even iTunes etc. But if your budget is really tight, obviously you're limited for room to manoeuvre in terms of hardware purchase.
     

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