Is the .16GHz upgrade worth $80?

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  1. andrewheard macrumors regular

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    I could get the new 2.16GHz MacBook with the hard drive upgraded to 160GB by Apple for $1634CDN w/ tax or I could get the old model 2.0GHz MacBook with a 160GB HD (upgraded by myself) for $1553. I'd save $81 and I could put the 80GB HD that it comes with into an external case for backup. What is everyone's opinion on this?

    Also, what brand of HD do the MacBooks come with? I'd be putting in a Western Digital as its cheap.
     
  2. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816

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    Get the newer MacBook because the price difference is so small.
     
  3. andrewheard thread starter macrumors regular

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    Technically since I'd have to buy another backup drive with the new MacBook it makes the price difference a bit bigger. That's what's making this decision more difficult.

    I'd also get an HP All-in-one printer for $29 (regular $99) if I bought the old model at Future Shop.
     
  4. seany916 macrumors 6502

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    get the new one, get the speed bump, do less work

    that .16 is noticeable

    I have a 1.83 as well as a 2.16MBP. I can definitely notice a difference when running CPU intensive apps.

    for $80, get the newer one.
     
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    .16 i do not think will be a big factor in most situations. you are comparing a .33 difference though....

    for normal stuff i bet you wont notice
     
  6. andrewheard thread starter macrumors regular

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    The 2.16 to 1.83 model is not only twice the speed decrease as 2.16 to 2.0, the 1.83 also only has 2MB cache.
     
  7. andrewheard thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just noticed that new MacBook has an 8X SuperDrive vs. the 6X of the old model. Such a hard decision.
     
  8. seany916 macrumors 6502

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    Wait, I have the 2.0. Sorry.

    Still noticeable.

    YMMV. :confused:
     
  9. polevault139 macrumors 6502

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    The only reason I can see getting the newer one is if you want a SuperDrive if not then get the 1099 model and save even more money. I have a Combo Drive and cannot tell you the last time I felt the need to burn a DVD and even if i did I could just hook up an external burner.
     
  10. 9Charms macrumors regular

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    The new one has the "N" variety of airport card.
     
  11. eyebeaz macrumors 6502

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    IMO if those peripherals (printer, external) are important to you then get the older one. If not then get the new one.
     
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    besides $80? but yea i agree get t he newer one if you can afford the 80
     
  14. cnybud macrumors member

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    Faced with the same decision i am thinking of getting the 2.0. Why? Because that is the one I wanted in the first place before i heard of the 2.16. Honestly you will NOT notice that much of a difference between the two with the exception that the Superdrive will be a smidgen faster. But hey it is your $80, my $80 is going towards a .mac subscription.
     
  15. andrewheard thread starter macrumors regular

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    I decided that since I'm going to be using the MacBook for a long time, might as well buy the best I can now.
     
  16. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    I would _always_ spend $80 on more RAM, not on more clock speed.
     
  17. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    No, it's not. But the L2 cache bump from 2MB to 4MB is very noticeable, so because they are now putting in bigger cache, I'd strongly recommend buying the new one despite saving some money.
     
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    $80 is not a lot of money spent on a laptop that you'll keep for years.

    Spend the extra $80. It sounds like you made that decision already, but to emphasize it even more, I'm repeating it.
     
  19. Willis macrumors 68020

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    for the sake of A$81, thats nothing... get the newer model. Remember, its another rev, has a few spec changes.

    Also, the drives Apple use is Seagate
     
  20. daze macrumors 6502

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    Definitely get the newer version. I'm sure you can make the stretch to the $80 dollars. It's also a better bang for the buck.
     
  21. cube macrumors G5

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    The previous Core 2 Duo macbooks @2 GHz or greater already have 4MiB L2.
     
  22. andrewheard thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just bought the white 2.16GHz model with 160GB HD. I also ordered 2GB of RAM. Hopefully it is as easy to install as in the iMac. And what brand of HD can I expect in there?
     

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