Macbook 1.83 - duo vs. duo 2

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by chacha2, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. chacha2 macrumors newbie

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    I've decided to go macbook after gettign fed up with the screen quality on my IBM Thinkpad x31.
    I'd like to spend no more than $1200 plus tax, and I'm a student. I do not game, but do lots of work in InDesign and Photoshop. At least initially I will be using Windows XP because I can't justify buying all my software all over again.

    So here's what I'm looking at:
    1) A refurbished Macbook 1.83 duo for $899 from apple with 1/2 GB ram = $1049/1199
    2) A new Macbook 1.83 duo 2 with 1GB ram for $1,117.00
    3) A new Macbook 2.0 due 2 for $1,199.00.

    Honestly I'm leaning towards the first option. I don't need DVD burning for anything I do, so why pay for it?

    When I need it, I plan on trading out the 5400 rpm hdd for a larger 7200rpm model, so again, why pay for a hdd upgrade I don't especially want.

    I'd like to buy Macbook 2.0 due 2 with a 60gb hdd and combo drive for less money, but apple isn't giving us that option...

    The two key questions seem to be:
    1) For graphic design work, given the lack of dedicated graphics card, what will give me more speed: a 2.0 duo 2 with 1gb ram, or a 1.83 duo with 2gbs?
    2) What the difference between a 2.0 duo 2 and 1.83 duo 2 ? Is there really a difference in speed I should care enough about to spend an extra $100 now?
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I'd say go with the 2.0 C2D, and upgrade the RAM later. Overall, I think the larger cache will give better performance (plus the slight increase in clock). You might see some hit editing large image files with 1GB, but again - you can always change the RAM. Can't do much with the CPU.
     
  3. Voltes V macrumors member

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  4. chacha2 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    seems like solid advice, but for that $100 newegg.com sells two nice hdds:

    HITACHI Travelstar 7K100 HTS721080G9AT00 (0A25023) 80GB 7200 RPM ATA-6 Notebook
    TOSHIBA MK1234GAX 120GB 5400 RPM ATA-6 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM

    Speed bump or/or 2x storage bump, and also gives the option to pull the hdd in the mac and make a nice little external 60gb usb drive, which seems way more valuable than a DVD burner.

    Am I not seeing something in the 2GHZ duo 2 model I should? Does anyone have a way of showing benchmarks for the new 1.83 vs 2.0 duo 2s?
     
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    The 2.0 gHz C2D has 4MB of cache, vs. 2MB in the 1.83.

    There might be some benchmarks out there for PC's using those, but I doubt any are out for the MB's.
     
  6. brikeh macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah u should def go with the c2d...I think its gonna be free of a lot of the Rev-A probs too.
     
  7. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    Are 7200rpm drives that much of an increase in the MacBooks (i ask because the difference between 7200 - 10,000 in my G5 was huge but it probably has the bandwidth on the sata channels, does the MacBook?). Plus, is there a problem with heating on the MacBooks with 7200rpms?
     
  8. reflex macrumors 6502a

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    Neither of those harddisks has a SATA (serial ata) interface. So they won't work in the Macbook.
     
  9. chacha2 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    reflex - thanks a bunch for pointing that out!

    The warm glow of computer-related retail therapy has clearly clouded my vision.

    Any advice on a good model to buy?
     

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