Newbie here considering to buy a new iBook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Jdm_rsx, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. Jdm_rsx macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys,
    first of all thanks for looking and now i'll cut to the chase...
    dont really want to spend another 400 just for the xtra video upgrade / hard drive space

    looking for a 12inch one
    we all know the new iBook specs are right?
    1.2 ghz
    256 stock ram (will stick a 512 in it) or should i save for a 1gig instead?
    30 hd @ 4200 rpm's
    32 radeon 9200
    blah blah...these are pretty much the main stuff right?

    Things that i will do w/ this iBook is
    -Powerpoint presentations at work/school/home
    -Word at work/school/home
    -web browsing work/school/h
    -possibly try to play warcraft 3 @ work, when im bored
    -wil it be able to handle flash mx or photoshop 8.0 CS?

    Thanks in advance guys!
    Hope i get some answers that im searching for....
    Happy black friday!
     
  2. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    You ibook will run all these apps just fine!
    I've have a 768MB RAM (256+512) in my pb, and it runs great!
    If you buy from apple.com you can upgrade the HD to 60GB for $75.

    Don't buy your RAM from apple, they are too expensive..
     
  3. iShater macrumors 604

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    You should be fine with this baby, however, I strongly recommend getting a bigger HD. I got my 30GB HD iBook in 2003, and I struggle with the disk space.

    Garage band files, your iTunes, library, photos, etc. all add up quickly.
     
  4. Jdm_rsx thread starter macrumors 6502

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    sadly, i live in honolulu hawaii 96817
    free shipping but i gotta pay for the taxes when it comes in hawaii

    where should i pick up my ram? who can install it? cost?

    apple wants 200 bucks for a stick of 512 ram
    INSTORE, they can get it done by tomorrow

    is the ram install DIY (do it yourself) that kinda thing?

    even flash mx will run fine if i just add 768? when i went to apple store today, they guy said illsu, and photoshop is fine on his 800 mhz with 768 ram

    he wasn't so sure about flash mx

    iBook im going to buy will include this, please tell me what do you think
    airport express? the wireless G
    firewire 400
    what else should it include?

    i think thats it..., i was hoping they give me a free mouse, but i dont think thats possible right?
    its under 1000 bucks for just stock items, since im a UH students 949 + tax

    i really need the ram upgrade and soon if i want the laptop so thats my problem, i have a lot of photoshop and flash mx homework to work on...

    THANKS A LOT PLEASE HELP ASAP!
     
  5. kjr39 macrumors 6502

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    Check out crucial.com for RAM. I planning on getting a stick of 512 and it is $130ish with free shipping. I have had crucial ram in my computers for years and have never had a problem with it.
     
  6. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    The iBooks are great for DIY, I have upgrade the RAM, the hard drive and the optical drive by myself. Photoshop should run just fine, it does on my G3 700 and I work with 25-30mb files, flash I have played with and it worked fine. I have airport express set up in my home and have four computers connected to it. works fantastic and easy to set up just remember to restart computer after installation...
    RAM must be upgrade to at least 512mb it you want to work in PS
    my ibooks have 640mb and 768mb in them and are smooth and fast.
    might want to spend a couple hundred more and get the 14" makes a difference when working in PS with all those tool palettes.

    And yes Crucial.com has the best RAM prices.
     
  7. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    RAM = DIY
    HD and optical = NON-DIY, it will void your warranty.

    The ram is installed in a few minutes, there is also instructions for it in the manual.
     
  8. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    BTW, I just thought I would note - see my siggy? I'm running Adobe CS stuff on my mac, like Photoshop and Illustrator. Yes on 288MB RAM and 233MHz Processor (omg I have more RAM than I do Processor speed.
     
  9. rccola70 macrumors regular

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    I can add that Warcraft III will run fine on the iBook. It runs fine on mine.
    (Look in sig for specs)
     
  10. acceber macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I recommend upgrading the HD as well. I've got a 60 GB because I heard that it's difficult to replace the HD, so might as well get it built to order.
    I think more RAM is essential. I've got 256 MB and I find that it takes some time for applications to get started. I have to wait until I'm old enough to get a credit card first, though. :)
     
  11. Jdm_rsx thread starter macrumors 6502

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    hey guys
    guess what i bought it today
    i got it from the university of hawaii bookstore at hawaii
    993 for the iBook, 141 for the 512 stick ram and 20 for labor

    they did everything for me, and it came out to 1154, im happy person
    gonna set it up in a few minutes
    now i gotta install my photoshop and flash mx and start doing my homework
    god im gonna be busy for a while now...

    did i get ripped off? or was this a fair price?

    so my iBook now has
    1.2 ghz, 768 ram, 30 gigs *no money for that as of now*
    wireless G, airport extreme? firewire 400? etc...

    let me know
    thanks for the support guys! pics to follow soon!
     
  12. iShater macrumors 604

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    Sounds like a fair price to me, except that I could've put that RAM in for ya for free :D

    As for the HD, fear not, you can always buy an external drive to store big items on for the future.

    Congratulations, and welcome aboard, you will love it! :)
     
  13. maya macrumors 68040

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    memoryx.net has the best low priced Apple ram you will find on the net.

    HDD can also be upgraded, when needed. Remember it will drop in price in another 2 months or so, not a big deal.
    Buy the iBook stock and buy a 512 dimm from memoryx.net, and if you cannot wait for a larger HDD then and then only buy from Apple.

    Congratulations on your new Mac. :)
     
  14. Jdm_rsx thread starter macrumors 6502

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    now i need office 2004, flash mx, and photoshop 8.0 CS

    i wonder where can i get these...

    *hmmm*
     
  15. jared_kipe macrumors 68030

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    The hard drive can always be changed out by your self if you are willing to take the risk. Hard drive prices and tech is always coming down in price. After a few years of use if you are ready for a 200GB hard drive, it will probably only cost you $100. Of course there is always external for now.
     
  16. Jdm_rsx thread starter macrumors 6502

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    people at the bookstore made a mistake, and i found out they only put in the 256 instead of the 512 now i gotta wait till monday for this ARGH!....

    also...what kinda cases do most of you guy use for 12 inch iBooks?

    or protection advice?

    BTW, that link doesnt work...

    where else can i find flash mx OSX?

    i found office2004 and photoshop 8.0 cs for osx..

    just need flash

    thanks guys!
     
  17. stevep macrumors 6502a

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    Carrying cases - read the sticky at the top of the Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion section - if you can't find a suitable case in amongst that lot then you're not trying hard enough.

    "find" ??? Do you really mean this?
    I think you'll find that Macromedia offer very good student / educational prices for their products if you look for their educational resellers web sites.
     
  18. Jdm_rsx thread starter macrumors 6502

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    excuse my post from the top,
    i didn't know that warez aren't allowed in this forum and im sorry

    guess should've known, anyways when i meant "fIND" for sale...

    like any websites that would sell me a LEGAL version, doesnt have to be new, as long as its legit

    lookin for ..
    photoshop 8.0 CS mac os x
    FLash mx

    thats it for now....
    i just bought office 2004 at compusa
    cost me a little too much

    thanks for replyin!
     
  19. panda macrumors regular

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    welcome home

    good to have you on mac.

    i hope you are just sooooooo happy.

    you made a great choice with the ibook.

    congrats! :)
     
  20. stevep macrumors 6502a

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    Found something on cases for you, (assuming you like soft neoprene sleeve type ones).
    This company do one of these - called a RAIDIUS VISION carrier case - but it has carrying handles, so it gives you the option of putting it inside a rucksack or not. Priced @ £17.99 (inc. VAT). Unfortunately they aren't featured on the web site but there are a number of other useful things.
    http://www.raidius.com -there's an e-mail link on the site.

    stevep
     
  21. Jdm_rsx thread starter macrumors 6502

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    hey there, thanks a lot for the search!
    i just bought myself a keyboard skin on ebay for like 13.99 + 5.99 shipping
    lime green color, not bad right?

    i only want sleeve for now because i do not want to carry 2 bags to school and work.

    sleeve to protect from scratches and damages...my bad should be able to handle that...

    what do you use?
     
  22. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    A tucano second skin!
    http://www.tucano.it/ENG/html_esterno/new_folders/frame_folders.htm

    It looks even better in real life than on the pics
     

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