MB v. MBP for me.

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  1. jTreu macrumors 6502

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    Im going to be getting a new notebook soon, upgrading from my G4 ibook. My question is whether i should get the new 2.0 MB or get a used 1.8 MBP for a little more. I will doing some basic recording, occasional video editing, and mostly surfing internet. i want to be able to dual boot and run stuff like texas hold em poker programs and play games like the sims or half life counter strike once in a while (i dont need the best performance just usable.) My main concern is the intergrated graphics and vista. Apparently the new MB will not be able to run vista? Im also concerned about getting a MBP that runs too hot or whines. So what do you guys think? Should i just get the new MB (i will most likey upgrade to an 80 or 100 gig HD and 1 GB of ram) or go with a used or refurb 1.8 MBP (i would upgrade to 1 gig ram).
     
  2. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816

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    1st Choice- wait if you can till Aug. Buy MBP with Meroms(hopefully). Heat and whine issues too might be fixed(again hopefully). But then things might get worse if Merom MBP is delayed.

    2nd Choice- Get a MBP now if you really want games and cant wait 3 more months. MB is not really a gaming machine. But if you buy MBP now and see it upgraded this Aug then you might be piss#d bout the decision.

    3rd choice- Buy a MB now. But dont really expect it to be great with Games at all. For everything else it`s just as good as MBP. But it too has some issues. A lot of people are reporting Heat and whine issues with it.

    So choose the one you think is right for you.

    *Oh sh#t. Think I`ve made you even more confused.:D . But it`s your money and you only can decide in the end.

    The new MB will run VISTA AFAIK. But definitely it wont run it as good as the MBP with dedicated gpu might.

    If I had to make a choice then I`ll go for the first choice as you already have an iBook G4 to hold you till then.
     
  3. jTreu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i thought about waiting for memron but who knows when it will be out for sure. I think ill be happy with one of the current offerings performance wise, i jsut need to deicde if its worth going pro.
     
  4. sikkinixx macrumors 68020

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    If you need it now then go to an apple store and play around, ask a ton of questions and then make your choice. The problem with waiting too much is that in 3 months you might go "f it! i need it now" then a week later the new ones come out! if you buy it now then at least you will have months of enjoyment out of it.
     
  5. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816

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    If you really need a new laptop right now, then yes. But if your PB can work for few more months then you may wait. Not only for meroms but also hopefully fixes for heat and whine.

    But a refurb MBP might be better value than a new MB now. Go for the MBP if you really want to play some games on it. Else according to intel the GMA in MB is VISTA ready. Meaning MB wont have much trouble in running Vista.
     
  6. jTreu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    also, what is the return policy on refurb? can i return it if there is whine?
     
  7. mac000 macrumors 6502a

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    BIGGEST THING - MBP whine issue i hear.

    2nd thing. screen size vs. graphics card. vs portibility?

    3rd. get yourself a a MB w/ a ds or something for games.
     
  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    If it makes you feel better, my friend who owns a Dell 600m with integrated graphics and a slower Pentium M processor runs CounterStrike good enough. It's ok. A new MB will have better Intel Integrated graphics (haha, "better" integrated graphics :p ), and a faster proc. Of course, if they're going to cost you around the same amount of money, I'd go with the MBP. The extra resolution is reason enough for me. The nice graphics card is just icing on the cake. :)

    Actually, I'd get the MB anyway because I do like smaller laptops, but since size doesn't seem to be an issue for you, I'd get the MBP.
     
  9. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    is it expected for Merom (core 2) based MBP to come out aug. 7 @ WWDC?
     
  10. jefhatfield Retired

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    you don't sound like a power mobile user, so save the money and get the basic macbook

    the macbook pro, while a great machine, is pricey

    if you said you needed to have a powerful gaming laptop and work many apps at the same time, and you had the money, then sure, go for the macbook pro
     
  11. faintember macrumors 65816

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    You mean if you need a powerful gaming laptop only. The MB is equal to the MBP in all aspects except for the GPU, expresscard34 and non-important cosmetic issues (case, backlit keyboard, etc.).

    The MB can handle many apps at the same time just as well as the MBP. However both machines need at least 1GB of RAM if not more.
     
  12. jefhatfield Retired

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    in heavier gaming and adobe cs, the gpu is crucial, but i suspect a dedicated gpu would help if some of the apps open were photoshop and illustrator
     
  13. faintember macrumors 65816

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    Cool, but you made it sound like the MB could not handle as many apps as the MBP, which is not true.

    Just trying to clarify, not attack.
     
  14. jefhatfield Retired

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    i understand :) ... for me and most people i think the macbook is more than enough computer
     
  15. jTreu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    will photoshop cs run ok on a MB? I dont do a professional but i need it for some basic stuff.
     
  16. corywoolf macrumors 65816

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    Go for the MB, I own the 1.83 Ghz MBP, and like it, but if I had a choice now, I would go for the MB.
     
  17. jTreu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    why is that?
     

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