Aluminum 2.0 GHz MacBook Vs. Aluminum 2.4 GHz MacBook

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  1. robertkj macrumors newbie

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    I'm thinking of switching from windows to a mac, and have a few question about the new MacBook's.

    1.) Will the .4 GHz in the 2.4 GHZ Macbook really that much faster then the 2.0 GHZ MacBook. I will only be using it for the Macbook for school, music, and watching a few movies.

    2.) Should I upgrade the Memory from 2 GB to 4GB, since I will only will be using for basic functions. Or will it make that much of a difference.

    3.) If I go with the 2.0 GHz MacBook will it be able to run Snow Leopard, if i choose to upgrade? I know this is a tough question since snow Leopard has not been released.

    Any answers will since I would like to go buy one to night.:)
     
  2. Lurchdubious macrumors 65816

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    I think you'd be fine with the 2.0 and 2 GB RAM. I think I'd be fine with those specs too, but I want 2.4 Ghz and 4 GB RAM, so that's what I ordered. lol.

    Also, you could always upgrade the RAM yourself later.
     
  3. Ozzymandos macrumors newbie

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    1) It's probably not $300 difference, if thats what you are asking. Unless you are a power user...

    2) Basic functions like email / web / dvd playback / office / youtube. I can't imagine it making enough of a difference to bother.

    3) It will absolutely run Snow Leopard.
     
  4. robertkj thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is it that difficult to upgrade the Ram myself, or will I save money just to upgrading now?
     
  5. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    1. For what you plan to do with your mb, you probably won't be able to feel the real world difference between 2.0 and 2.4, but the extra performance is still there.

    2. apple's cost to upgrade to 4gb is very reasonable. if you're only doing basic tasks, 2gb should be fine.

    3. i would think you should be able to. all you have to do is purchase the software.
     
  6. duffyanneal macrumors 6502a

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    Upgrading is rather straight forward and you'll save some money doing it yourself. Since you're moving from Windows you might want to consider installing Bootcamp or one of the virtualization programs (Fusion is good) in the future. That way you can use some Windows apps if you're so inclined. If you choose virtualization your machine will run a bit smoother with more RAM. 4 GB would be the preferred amount in that case. If you don't run Windows then 2 GB should be OK unless you're a power user.

    I'm going with the 2.4 GHz not only for the added horsepower, but also because of the backlit keyboard. Once you have one you'll never want to go back.
     
  7. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    this should really be the deciding factor for you. everything else is the same between the 2.0 vs 2.4, so base your decision off the backlit keyboard and processing power.
     
  8. StingerT125 macrumors 6502a

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    The 2.4 also has a slightly larger HDD: 160GD vs 250GB
     
  9. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    what i meant to say was that the processor and backlit keyboard are the only things you can't change once a decision has been made on whether to get the 2.0 or 2.4 version, so one should base their decision on those two factors.
     
  10. robertkj thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the help. I will probably go with the 2.0 GHz as the backlit keyboard is not a big deal, and the comparison between the 2.0 GHZ and 2.4 GHz done by macworld show no huge difference. And I can always upgrade the memory and Hard Drive if I have to in the future.

    Can't wait till the apple store opens up tomorrow morning :D :apple:
     
  11. munckee macrumors 65816

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    I'm shocked how many people are up in arms over the backlit keyboard "issue". While I think it's a craptastic move on Apple's part not to include such a simple feature on the lower end model, I can honestly say that after owning a slew of Apple notebooks, I have NEVER used it.

    Yeah, I've used my computer in poorly lit situations, but doesn't the screen throw enough light onto the keyboard for those few times you can't find the key you need? Or are there just that many "hunt and peck" typists out there still?
     
  12. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    basically the difference is 400 MHz, 90 GB of hard drive space and a backlit keyboard. not worth it. definitely not worth it after i found out the 2 GHz MacBook has an ambient light sensor YAY!
     
  13. MacsBestFriend macrumors 6502a

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    i think it's worth it for the keyboard. i really need that because i type in the dark a lot at school and i think it looks cool. by early November, modders will have thought of how to swap keyboards.
     
  14. Lurchdubious macrumors 65816

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    I agree~most of my day is spent in low-light lecture halls. While I don't hunt & peck, there are several times I've wanted the backlit keyboard. ...pretty much daily, actually. :D

    And yes, you would think that the light of your screen would illuminate the keyboard, but in the dark the screen actually makes it harder to see your keyboard, unless you aim the screen down toward the keys, so that you can't really read the screen.

    Oh, and MBF, your sig doesn't currently make sense...
     
  15. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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  16. subq macrumors member

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    I went with the 2.4 because it was the most powerful mb they had (I really don't want the added weight and size of a mbp). I run vmware and the extra .4 on a dual core actually makes a difference.

    The added ram and hd space are moot since you can upgrade those yourself.

    The backlit keyboard was just a bonus in my case and will probably help the resell value when it is time to upgrade.
     
  17. sangosimo Guest

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    the keyboard is not worth the money; I would only upgrade if you need an extra 400mhz. The 2.4ghz macbook will probably have lower depreciation in the used market because more people buy the 2.0ghz.
     
  18. D.M.S macrumors member

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    tell me about it.i'm trying to justify the extra $500 between white and aluminium macbooks because of this.
     
  19. penq86 macrumors newbie

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    I had this problem too but in the end I went for the 2.4ghz. 400mhz at two cores and also the backlit keyboard looks gorgeous when im working in a dark room. :rolleyes: And later I can also upgrade the memory easily when I need more power.

    I will using vmware with win XP but only use it for school application(s) or when I need to do webdesign in IE6/7..
     
  20. hierobryan macrumors 6502a

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    What would be more important for performance in games? An extra .4 GHz in processor speed, or an extra 2 GB of ram (4 GB total)?
     
  21. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    both come with 2GB stock and same integrated graphics chip. extra 400 MHz wouldnt do anything while gaming.
     
  22. gnikcjack macrumors member

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    I guess this naturally lends itself to this question:

    What is a better set up, the 2.4 ghz as is, or a 2.0 with an upgraded HD to 250 and 4 gb ram? both would cost exactly the same with educational discount, but which would outperform?
     
  23. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

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    Depends on what your doing, for anything but CPU intensive stuff (rendering, unraring, compressing and so on) the 4 gb one I would guess.
     
  24. shoelessone macrumors 6502

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    LOL at backlight keyboard users. I honestly didn't understand WHY my MBP had backlit keys when I bought it - I'm being a huge elitist I know but I honestly don't think I have looked at a keyboard for years. I guess if I was honest there is the occasional time I'll look down by as has been mentioned ambient light from LCD is sufficient always
     

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