2.0 & 4GB vs. 2.4 and 2 GB

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by rs7, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. rs7 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2008
    Which is faster (and will last me a few years with updates/new OSX versions in the future):

    A 2.0ghz unibody with 4GB of RAM
    A 2.4ghz unibody with 2GB of RAM?

  2. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000


    Oct 15, 2007
    If you don't run a bunch of apps at the same time, I would go for the 2.4. RAM will drop drastically in price. I spent $200 on 4GB of RAM a year ago, and not it's down to about $50.
  3. loosekannon297 macrumors newbie


    Nov 22, 2008
    Elizabeth, NJ
  4. JG271 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 17, 2007
    A very similar thread came up a few days ago. Search please!

    But yeah, go with the 2.4, HD and ram can always be upgraded later, processor can't.
  5. Lexoticstylez02 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    My exact thoughts. Go for the 2.4, I did and I absolutely love it.
  6. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    Give it a year or two and you'll be able to buy 4gb DDR3 for $30. You wont be able to upgrade the processor though.
  7. fener macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2003
    I am in exactly same boat as you.

    Yes, some people would say go for 2.4 because CPU can't be upgraded...


    If you want a FAST machine NOW, go for the 2.0, and use that extra $300 to:

    Buy 4 GB ram (~$50-100)
    Buy 320 gb 7200 RPM HD (~100)
    SAVE $100 :D on top of these upgrades

    Your MacBook will kick the stock 2.4ghz MacBook in the xxx any minute!

    Thats what i will do in a week or two
  8. dextermorgan macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2008
    Where are you buying your ram?
  9. ecompuplus macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2008
    ebay has them cheap. You can try that.
  10. steve31 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    I vote for 2.4 with 2gb. You can always add more ram later if you cant afford it now.
  11. dextermorgan macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2008
    I believe the reason for the choice is that they are close in price. That being said 3.0 is a technical limit for processors (give or take) for the foreseeable future so I would be fine with either. The reason I picked 2.4 though is because in a year or two when ram is cheaper I will upgrade to 4 GB and a 7200 RPM HDD (or a SSD) and have a blazing machine. I suspect a 2.0 ghz is going to be pretty high spec for a notebook two or three years from now (although quad+ will be common).
  12. sactownbwoy macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2008
    The 2.4 will be faster unless you are using memory intensive apps like photoshop. I would go with the 2.4 because it has the faster cpu and that is the one thing you can't change. RAM and HDD can be changed.
  13. bimmerfreak0 macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2008
    i guess nobody cares about a backlit keyboard???? I love mine and thats one of the primary reasons why i bought the 2.4
  14. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

    Aug 2, 2008
    2.0, the 2.4 offers no big performance gain anyhow...
  15. frogcat macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2007
    Personally I went with the 2.0

    Why? Because whatever anyone says on this board, you should take it with a grain of salt. If you have gadget lust, then you will always want to upgrade higher and higher.

    The 2.0 is fine with all the possible tasks you will be handling. Buy a 2.0 now, sell it when Nehalem gets into macbooks. That's a better decision. Once depreciation is put into the two macbooks, there won't be that much of a difference (probably $100-150).

    So think about money, and patience. Which do you have more of?
  16. Chase R macrumors 65816

    Chase R

    May 8, 2008
    Get the 2.4GHz... It's much cheaper to upgrade the RAM than the processor, errr, can't even do that. Anyways, it all depends on what you wanna do with it.
  17. sangosimo Guest


    Sep 11, 2008
    I would go 2.0 w/ 2gb. Unless you want to led backlit keyboard. 400mhz is not worth the premium; the performance difference is insignificant.

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