I'm getting a MacBook soon and I have some questions.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PhaserFuzz, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. PhaserFuzz macrumors 6502

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    Here is the MacBook I'm ordering from the online Apple store...

    White MacBook - $1,299
    2.2 GHz, 1GB Memory, 120 GB hard drive


    Now I am basically getting this laptop for recording music and using photoshop. I figured I don't really need the Pro since I'm not gonna be playing games, and I'd rather have a 13 inch anyways. Will this pretty much handle anything I throw at it? It's going to be my main computer. I'm gonna upgrade to 4 gigs of ram as soon as I get it, and I was told I can save a lot of $$$ without going through apple. I'm also gonna upgrade the hard drive myself. Are these easy to install, or should I have a "Genius" do it for me?

    Heres what I'm considering..
    4 GIG RAM - $99.97
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/53IM2DDR4GBK/
    320 GIG HD - $195.99
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Toshiba/MK3252GSX/
    Those will work right?

    Also one more thing.. I know there's a lot of rumors of a new MacBook Pro coming soon, but what are the chances they'll upgrade the MacBook too? Should I wait a few weeks before I purchase one?

    Sorry about all the questions, but this is a big investment and I wanna be sure I'm making the right choices! Thanks for your time! :D
     
  2. me_94501 macrumors 65816

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    I don't see why not. I have a Core Duo MacBook and it handles CS3 just fine.
    To compare the MB vs. MBP, head over to macworld.com and look for their most recent MacBook review and benchmarks.

    I bought my extra memory from newegg.com. You may want to check PriceGrabber and Dealmac as well.

    The MacBook was last updated in November, I believe, so it will probably be another couple months until the next update (assuming a 6-7 month product cycle). As I used to tell my customers at my last job (computer store), buy it when you need it. If you need a new computer pretty much now, go for it now. If you don't, it won't hurt to wait a little longer, but keep in mind that something better is always on its way. :)

    No problem!
     
  3. briandadude macrumors newbie

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    Just as with the memory, you should buy a larger hard drive from a 3rd party as well. You can even swap out 2.5 inch external hard drives if you have any available (I got a 250GB Western Digital Passport for $100).

    As far as buying RAM, OWC and Crucial tend to be most recommended.

    There will likely be a Macbook update between June and September of this year; probably incorporating LED screens and slightly updated processors. However, if you need the computer now, just go get it.
     
  4. xkRoWx macrumors regular

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    It depends on your work load with Photoshop. I suggest you to go with the Pro because the dedicated graphic card is definitely better in rendering files compared to the integrated/shared onboard graphic card that MacBooks have.

    As for RAM, Apple made it fairly friendly for self installation. I don't know where to buy RAM because I usually buy it from BestBuy or some local chinese computer stores.

    Thats all I can help, I don't usually follow on any rumors about releases (thanks to that, I bought my MacBook Pro 2 weeks before the Santa Rosa was released and now I'm stuck with ATi 1600 instead of the nice NVIDIA 8600, and bought my iPod Video 30GB 2 days before Classic was released :( ).
     
  5. PhaserFuzz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the quick replies! As long as an updated one isn't coming out within the month I don't care. I would be really upset if I bought one tomorrow, and a brand new one came out next week haha. Thanks again!
     
  6. me_94501 macrumors 65816

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    Actually, insofar as Photoshop goes, the difference between the MacBook and MacBook Pro is negligible, according to Macworld's benchmarks:

    http://www.macworld.com/article/61016/2007/11/macbookcore2duo.html?t=204

    http://www.macworld.com/article/58476/2007/06/macbookprorev.html?t=204

    Individual results may vary. Insert another random disclaimer here.
     

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