Buying a MacBook Pro

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  1. imotox macrumors newbie

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    I currently have a 17" HP (which blows) and I am going to be buying a new computer for college 2010. I can't wait to buy a computer because this one the charger port is messed up, and won't charge without supporting the charger cord. I was looking at the lower end MBP 13" with upgrading the RAM to 4Gb. I was going to put in a 3rd party hard drive, though I've read the EFI 1.7 makes it un usable with 3rd party.

    I was wondering if getting the MacBook Pro 13" with the 2.53Ghz processor would be worth the extra money. Also, does anyone know if Apple has fixed the EFI update (I plan on upgrading the drive with a non-apple drive).
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Are you not going to be buying a computer for a year? If so, I am pretty sure the responses are going to be worthless as the product line is likely to change sometime in the next 10 months.
     
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  4. imotox thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, I plan on buying a computer in a couple of months (hopefully in time for a free iTouch). I just don't know which one to buy, the lower end or the upper end 13".
     
  5. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I would wait if at all possible. In addition to getting a better computer in a year, you will also get a better free iPod Touch.
     
  6. imotox thread starter macrumors newbie

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    There is no way for me to wait, my computer only has about 30mins tops battery at fully charged and the charger keeps coming out and HP wants me to pay $300 to solder another Powerjack in (can't send me one so my brother can do it either).
     
  7. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I'd get a cheap alternative for the short term... You will love your MacBook Pro, but if there are no needs for the power now, you might as well wait IMO.
     
  8. kryptonianjorel macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, if you don't start until fall 2010, WAIT! You will kick yourself after the refreshes before you head to school.

    New chips are coming, and I can promise you they'll be in the MBP come the next refresh or 2.
     
  9. TsuaSai macrumors 6502

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    Man for 300 bucks you could probably find an old powerbook on ebay just to get you by. But I know the whole wanting something new cause I am the same way. So to put it simple no its not worth the extra money.
     
  10. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    If you want to buy a computer now then buy it now. It doesn't have to be for a particular purpose or event. The low-end 13" with the 2.26GHz is a better buy. Upgrade the RAM to 4GB and it's worthy of most any task.
     
  11. imotox thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OMG! BILL GATES TOLD ME TO BUY A MAC!!!!!!

    Ok, now I was just wondering if the 2.26Ghz MBP would have any problems running any programs with 4Gb of RAM. I don't know if I would have to run any programs besides word processors and stuff (asking on a physics forum).
     
  12. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    If all you have to do is word processing. I highly recommend holding off and buying a used notebook for a fraction of the price.
     
  13. imotox thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I know that, but I don't know if I'm only going to be doing word processing. Anyone know if you need any special programs when getting your bachelors in Nuclear Physics?
     
  14. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    It should be able to run just about anything with 4GB, which appears to be the sweet spot as far as $/GB. 2GB should be fine too, but you would notice a significant speed-up going to 4GB which is why I highly recommend it. I really don't recommend buying a used notebook or a "temporary" notebook as others are saying because who is to say that it will be any better (or even worse) than the HP that you are so unhappy with? It's my experience that low-end PC's are generally unsatisfying if you're in the market for a Mac. There's also the fact that the amount you would spend on any just-to-get-you-by laptop could be the same or more than the hit in resale that you would take selling any prospective MacBook at the next update, invalidating any potential gains. I stand by my earlier recommendation.
     
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    The only risk with buying the $300 notebook for a year is that it breaks and therefore you have:
    A. No Computer
    B. Something you cannot sale

    But then again, your computer can get ran over by a car or stolen...
     
  16. imotox thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So what about the EFI 1.7 update for 3rd party drives, did apple fix this yet? Also, how much battery time will I lose if I upgrade the drive to a 7200rpm drive?
     
  17. maflynn Moderator

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    The power consumption for 7200 rpm drives is nearly the same as the 5400 so battery life is nearly if not exactly identical.

    As for the EFI update, I have no idea, what type of issues have you heard about with apple's current version of EFI that you want resolved?
     
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  19. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

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    Uh, yes, you need to do a lot more than just word processing. And a lot of those programs are windows-only.
     
  20. imotox thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's weird how they're only for windows, oh well I guess I'll be using VMWare or Parallels when I need it. I guess 450gb for Mac OSX and 50gb for Windows 7 beta (the only version of windows that doesn't 100% suck).
     
  21. HLdan macrumors 603

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    That's not correct at all. That's a big misconception. Ram does not speed up your computer by any means. What it does is help to prevent it from slowing down. If you're using 2GB ram and the activity you're doing causes the system to run out of available ram then it will access the hard disk for a memory swap, that's what causes it to slow down. With more ram there's less chances of running out and requiring the system to access the hard disk.
     
  22. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    I know how RAM works. From my experience, it's quite easy to go over 2GB of RAM in-use by just opening a few applications. If he intends to run a VM 4GB to run Windows then 4GB will be an absolute necessity because he would not have enough memory to allocate enough the VM and leave enough for OS X to avoid page outs with 2GB of RAM. That's why I suggest upgrading to 4GB, to prevent page outs.
     
  23. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Okay, that's how you should've explained it from jump street. You were telling the OP that his machine would get a speed increase just by adding more ram and that's wrong.
     
  24. maflynn Moderator

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    Technically it does speed up your computer because the computer accesses fast memory instead of a slow HD
     
  25. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    No, it was correct, because from my experience almost anyone using a few programs and OS X 10.5 will go over 2GB of RAM in-use. Don't tell me what I should have said. My words were clear to anyone who knows the basics of computing.
     

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