MacBook 1.83 GHz

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  1. newtomacblah macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I have just purchased my first Mac (have been using an iMac at work for quite a while)......got the 1.83 GHz MacBook. Originally I wanted to get the 2.0 GHz White model.....but it is on back order at most places. My question is....does it really make a huge difference? I am using it mainly for Internet (browsing, iChat, etc.), so nothing intensive like gaming or photo editing. Would this work for me?? And should I upgrade the RAM??

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    With what you're doing, you probably wouldn't be able to tell much of a difference between the 1.83 and 2.0GHz processors.

    I might suggest upgrading the RAM to at least a gig, though, as OS X loves RAM. If you're not planning on upgrading again, 2x512 would work. If you think you may want to max it out sometime in the future, perhaps buy a 1 gig chip now and then you just have to buy a second one later.
     
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  4. CoMpX macrumors 65816

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    Not really. In some areas, the performance may be less, but not enough to bother you. I would get the base 512 in the MacBook, then buy one 1GB chip and put that in one of the slots. That would give me 1.25GB of RAM. If I ever wanted to upgrade to 2 GB, I just remove the 256MB chip and put in another 1GB chip.

    I am looking into buying the MacBook, but I am forced to buy the 2.0Ghz model. Personally, I don't think a couple hundred Mhz will make a difference for me. The reason I need to get the 2.0Ghz is because I need the SuperDrive. I wish I could get the cheaper model and just pay extra for the SuperDrive, I need to save as much money as I can.
     
  5. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    Is an external burner a possibility for you? That would be cheaper, and an external would be much better than the superdrive in the MB.
     
  6. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Yeah, isn't it a 4x drive? I would much rather have a FW400 external 16x dual layer drive, even if that meant I sometimes had to bring it places with me. Also handy because you can share it across other Macs.

    Is there still a problem with external drives and burning in iDVD?
     
  7. newtomacblah thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks u all for the responses....wow...so impressed with members of this forum already!! :D

    One more question, when will I be able to tell the difference between 1.83 and 2.0....like running what kinda programs? :confused:
     
  8. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    If nothing intensive, then the short list would be in benchmarks . . .

    Although running applications through Rosetta is quite power-needy.
     

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