First Mac - Some Qs

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jsdickinson, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. jsdickinson macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2008
    Hi Guys,

    Was looking for some advice on the new MacBook. I currently have a 3 year old Sony Vaio laptop. It has been a fantastic laptop during school and college. It has the following specs:

    Operating System: Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
    System Model: VGN-S5HP_B
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.73GHz
    Memory: 512MB RAM
    Hard Drive: 80GB
    Display Card: NVIDIA GeForce Go 6400

    It has performed well up until recently, but noticed some real slowdown on the new Football Manager demo. I have always like my friend's Macs and the look of the Mac OS (so much nicer than Vista!). Also love my iPod video and iTunes. On industrial placement this year and have a bit of money to spend so looking at a MacBook as a birthday present to myself.

    I have a few questions should I go for the basic 2.0 GHz model or pay the extra for the 2.4GHz with the larger HDD, is it worth it? What's the situation like for Microsoft Office or iWork? Also will I still be able to use some of my specialist GIS programs which are only for Windows with BootCamp? And finally would it be better to buy in the UK with my student discount or get it in the US when I visit in a few weeks?

    Thanks for any help you can give me.
  2. zer0tails macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    I think 2.0 to 2.4 is worth it if you want the backlit keyboard. The HDD size is not really an issue since you can easily upgrade to a bigger HDD for cheaper on your own.

    You will be able to run office or iwork without a problem.

    I vote buying in the UK using your student discount since the plugs are different in the U.S. Buy it now and bring it on your trip to the U.S. :)

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