MacBook Specs.

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  2. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    It seems like it should be enough for you, but I'm not sure about Macromedia Studio 8. Either way, upgrade to 1GB of RAM.

    Another thing is the combo drive. You can't burn DVD's with it. For the extra $200 or so, I'd go with the 'middle' white model. You get 1GB RAM standard, I think they hard drive may be updated, and you get a dual-layer 6x superdrive. For $200, it's definitly worth it.
     
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  5. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    Oh, well then yes, that MacBook should be more than you need. Have fun with your Mac.

    Hah, I'm kinda jealous. I'm waiting until MWSF to get my iMac once I have xmas money (and help from parents :D).
     
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    If you want to run GarageBand I would recommend getting at least 1GB of RAM.
     
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    Also, I don't know if you know this, but it sounds like you're at the age to be at school, so look into education discounts. I think that the 'middle' one is the best for you as well.
     
  9. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    Off topic, but I don't want to start a new thread for this quick question.

    Anyone know what you have to be to get the education discount? Is it just college?

    I'll be starting high school next year; can I get one from that?
     
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    You can just pretend.., but it says you have to be over 18 or a teacher.
     
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  12. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    Okay. :D

    If my cousin is in college though, can I get it through him? It wouldn't be hard to do that, and I'd feel better if what I was doing was.. well authorized. :p
     
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    No, I think you go on Apple's site or to a store and just say that you're qualified. You probably need ID though; I'm not sure as I've never done it before.
     
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    Your mom just needs to take her Faculty I.D. with her when you go to the store. Hopefully with her discount you just might be able to swing getting the
    2.0 GHz model with 1 GB RAM and superdrive.

    It's going to have much better re-sale value when it's time for you to upgrade.
     
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    ^^But he'd be better off with the 1.83 Ghz model and 2GB of RAM now that he is saving money and so technically has more money to spend.

    If you can't, then get an extra 1 GB stick of RAM from a 3rd party vendor like OWC. Get a 1GB stick, and you should have a total of 1.25 GB of RAM in your MB, which is good enough.
     
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    Have the store explain the difference between the two models to your mom
    addressing the pros and cons and let her decide then gladly accept her decision.
     
  18. Jo-Kun macrumors 6502a

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    0.17Ghz won't make the difference
    ram will
    that's why I went with the basic model with 2GB when I got mine
    rosetta slows things down, i forgot if macromedia has gone universal yet...
    flash likes ram, rosetta likes ram, maybe later if you want to use photoshop... that one loves ram too ;-)

    more ram makes it easier to keep several programs open at the same time, work with bigger files and not slowing it down, so at least get 1GB, and ask them to put one 1GB stick in instead of 2x 512 so later when you think you need more, you can put more in without throwing away the ram that's allready installed...
     
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  20. Preston macrumors newbie

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    sorry, i no this has nothing to do with the subject, but i dont no how to start a thread:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

    PLEASE can someone help
    thanks
     
  21. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Installing your own RAM is easy, you just have to be careful not to damage the RAM slots inserting the new DIMM.
    You just need to make sure that is has properly seated and MUST be careful
    to follow anti-static procedures.
     
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    Hi Preston, what can we help you with?

    What model(s) are you considering and what is your expected use for the machine you want to buy?
     
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    The meagre increase in clock speed is not the reason to go for the 2GHz version of the macbook. The 2GHz and up C2D macbooks have 4MB of cache which can make up to 10% difference in performance (DivX) http://anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2795&p=4.

    The superdrive is a handy addition too. The C2D 1.83 macbook is no longer the bargain the CD version once was.
     
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