Man, computers are expensive...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Shacklebolt, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. Shacklebolt macrumors 6502a

    Shacklebolt

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    So, the system that I'm really pondering over buying tonight is an ibook 1.2ghz/512mb/80gb 12". With an educational discount at Apple it comes out to 1209 dollars.

    Does this sounds like a good idea? I like the idea of having extra ram and a larger hard drive because I know that it'll be a long time before Apple offers iBooks that come with 512 megs of ram and an 80gb hard drive. But what I mean most is, does it sound like a good system, or a disproportionate one?
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Depends on what you're going to do with it... but regardless you can never have enough RAM but you don't have to get it from Apple. You'll get a much better deal elsewhere and it's very easy to put in yourself...
     
  3. cubixcrayfish macrumors member

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  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I second Blue's suggestion (btw, go to bed, Blue... really ;)). RAM is essential, and it's much cheaper elsewhere. You could upgrade with a 512MB stick for only a few $$ more than you'll pay to go to 512MB total from Apple.
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    1 free slot - 256MB is hardwired and not replaceable.
     
  6. Shacklebolt thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. Good ideas. One last thing - about buying an iBook now in the product cycle? What with the Powerbook just being updated, I'm pretty sure there won't be an ibook update for a while. But hey, who knows.
     
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    There probably won't be a significant update soon, and almost undoubtedly not one which would make you upset that you didn't wait. I think you're safe buying now. Seeing the incremental updates to the PBs, I doubt the iBooks will improve by much for months.
     
  8. gallivant macrumors member

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    Historically, the iBooks have gotten updates like clockwork in October and April. That pattern's held for two years; before that, it was May and November. In other words, aside from a one-month adjustment, it's been twice a year forever. So if you feel like waiting till April/May, you could get an upgrade, but it probably won't be terribly earth-shattering. I'd say go for it now.
     

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