2.4 Vs 2.6 MBP..Worth The Price?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nyycavo24, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. nyycavo24 macrumors member

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    I am going to the Apple Store in my local mall tomorrow night to buy a new MBP. With the recent update, I was trying to figure out whether or not I should by the 2.4Ghz/4GB RAM or the 2.6Ghz/4GB RAMfor the extra $250.

    What is the opinion of any veteran Macbook or General Apple users on this? Is the 250 better spent on the extra speed bump (WILL I EVEN NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE?) or on something else that I could get with the system (iPod, Printer, etc).

    I am going in with a friend who is a student at a local college so I can get the $200 discount :)

    Please help, I don't want to sink $250 into this for absolutely nothing!
     
  2. evilyankeefan macrumors regular

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    Couple things. From what others have posted in the forums, you won't see the .2GHz difference. Spend the $250 on extra RAM (DON'T BUY FROM :apple: - too expensive). You'll have some money left over to put towards an external HDD for Time Machine.
     
  3. Squonk macrumors 65816

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    I don't think the 2.6 would be worth it unless you are going to be pushing the machine to 100% cpu utilization often.

    Also, this is a BTO option and will not be available in the retail stores I believe...:)
     
  4. nyycavo24 thread starter macrumors member

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    I was in the Apple Store today and they only have the 17 inch version of the 2.6...the 2.6/15.4 inch upgrade is only available online.

    I don't think I will be pushing it to 100% utilization all that much, I plan on doing a fair amount of video editing, but I'm assuming that with 2.4 Ghz and 4 GB of RAM (probably buying it through Crucial) I should be okay....agreed?
     
  5. thechidz macrumors 68000

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    the 2.6 will have higher resale value.


    what store has a 17 inch 2.6 in stock??????:confused:
     
  6. nyycavo24 thread starter macrumors member

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    Tysons Corner Center in McLean, VA (DC Suburbs).

    Is there anything I need for the student discount when I walk into the store?

    Will I need a student ID? Student e-mail address? Something? Anything? I am not a student, but my wife graduated with a bachelors a few weeks ago...Or Im considering dragging my buddy to the store (who is still in school)
     
  7. thechidz macrumors 68000

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    Bring your wife with her student ID. If its still valid you should be fine
     
  8. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    When Handbrake'ing a DVD, the processor directly dictates how quickly the DVD is ripped. I'd be interested to see if how much faster this would be accomplished.
     
  9. Matiek macrumors member

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    I would buy the $250 upgraded just because it's an option that you won't be able to purchase later on. You can always buy ram. The extra 200 mhz makes a bigger difference with 4 gigs later on. Not to mention the resale, in three years or so I'm sure you'll be able to sell it for close to $250 more just because there won't be that many 2.6 ghz machines on the market.

    What are you planning on using it for?
     
  10. kdawg macrumors regular

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    Unless you are a machine, a human could not tell the difference between the two. Save your $$$ also as someone also mentioned. Get your memory elsewhere. You will save a ton
     
  11. capitanbuzo macrumors 65816

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    I would also consider a 7200 RPM HDD. That is what I will be doing in the next couple days. I will order a 15" 2.6ghz 200GB 7200 RPM HDD with 4GB of RAM.
     
  12. thechidz macrumors 68000

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    Thats exactly what I have. I added the ram from crucial. I'm pretty sure when the new macbook pros come out the 2.4 model will either be low-end or possibly even disconned making the 2.6 low end. This will help the resale value tremendously on our machines.
     
  13. capitanbuzo macrumors 65816

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    Thanks again for the ADC advice. I will be ordering thorugh them by Monday.
     
  14. surripere macrumors member

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    Ditto.

    Although, now that I have it I'm having a hard time imagining parting with this computer in the foreseeable future. Resale value aside, it's a fantastic machine and will remain just as powerful when the updates finally arrive.

    Nice to still be top of the line after Macworld, though. ;)
     

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