Blackbook and Cinema Display...Good Idea for Newbie???

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  1. ipodtouchy333 macrumors 65816

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    Hello, I really want to switch to macs. I have a 4 year old Dell PC and need something new (and cooler). Anyways I really love the cinema displays, I know they're expensive but they are awesome. I want to get a refurb 2.2 ghz blackbook and then a 23" cinema display. Is this an ok idea? I just do the basics and encode and download movies, etc. I would put my RAM into but I just don't know how all this would work together as I'm new to the world of macs. Thanks !
     
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  3. jackc macrumors 65816

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    Definitely a sweet setup, I use a BlackBook with an external monitor, although not as cool as the cinema display
     
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  5. d_and_n5000 macrumors 6502a

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    It sounds to me like its a bit overkill, but over the next few years of updating software I'm sure it'll work just fine for you. If you have the cash to burn and you think it'll work for you long term, sounds great!
     
  6. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Maybe get a Dell, they will match and are a little cheaper, but the Blackbook sounds like a great idea.
     
  7. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    That would work very well just make sure you get the Mini DVI to DVI cable.
     
  8. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    That's exactly what I do, but with a 20" display. Works very well, as long as you don't need dedicated graphics. Oh, and make sure you open the macbook (i.e. don't run it in clamshell mode) if you're doing things like ripping DVDs, because it'll get hot.
     

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  9. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    It should not matter weather it's open or closed. Apple designed it to use clamshell mode it won't matter.
     
  10. thecritix macrumors 6502

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    hes not saying it won't just advising him not to.

    It'll only cut down processor power if it gets too hot, or worse damage something...

    Personally I'd suggest running it open with the screen dimmed down.
     
  11. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    Right, it can't hurt to run it open, and it might really help. For normal operation I have no problem running it closed, but when it's really working, I'd rather play it safe.
     
  12. EB66 macrumors 6502

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    macbook is a very solid computer, youll love it!
     
  13. skd macrumors 6502

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    it all depends on what you're going to use the computer for....
    the macbook does has it's limitations.......
    as a professional, a macbook wouldn't work for me, but as a non-professional computer user it would be fine.......
     
  14. ipodtouchy333 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That looks quite nice qcassidy. Just one question, what type of connectors do you need from the macbook to cinema display?
     
  15. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Mini DVI to DVI
     
  16. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    thanks! and what he said. :) costs $20 i think.
     
  17. bradbowl macrumors member

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    I second the idea of running it open with the brightness on minimum instead of in clamshell mode. I don't notice any slowdown playing movies or processor intensive apps using both the laptop lcd and an external one. But I do notice that it gets pretty warm when it's in clamshell doing the same things.
     
  18. El Phantasmo macrumors member

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    just curious... why exactly would a macbook not work for you?
     
  19. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    you actually can have the laptop display entirely off. Just start (or wake) the macbook with the lid closed, and once it's running, open the lid. Just like clamshell mode, but with the lid open for airflow. :)
     
  20. bmonster macrumors member

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    How do you get it to run in clamshell mode? mine always turns off when i shut it
     
  21. skd macrumors 6502

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    "just curious... why exactly would a macbook not work for you?"

    I'm an architect, and at the end of the day the MBP produces more work for me than the macbook. Especially in the 3D modeling and rendering. Seconds add into minutes and in a week add into hours........I get paid in what I can produce - and if I want portability, the MBP is best for me. The black MB is a great computer, in fact I own one.......but I don't use it for work....and for work I use a 30" ACD which the macbook won't support......
     

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