Macbook 1.83 - duo vs. duo 2

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by chacha2, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. chacha2 macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2006
    I've decided to go macbook after gettign fed up with the screen quality on my IBM Thinkpad x31.
    I'd like to spend no more than $1200 plus tax, and I'm a student. I do not game, but do lots of work in InDesign and Photoshop. At least initially I will be using Windows XP because I can't justify buying all my software all over again.

    So here's what I'm looking at:
    1) A refurbished Macbook 1.83 duo for $899 from apple with 1/2 GB ram = $1049/1199
    2) A new Macbook 1.83 duo 2 with 1GB ram for $1,117.00
    3) A new Macbook 2.0 due 2 for $1,199.00.

    Honestly I'm leaning towards the first option. I don't need DVD burning for anything I do, so why pay for it?

    When I need it, I plan on trading out the 5400 rpm hdd for a larger 7200rpm model, so again, why pay for a hdd upgrade I don't especially want.

    I'd like to buy Macbook 2.0 due 2 with a 60gb hdd and combo drive for less money, but apple isn't giving us that option...

    The two key questions seem to be:
    1) For graphic design work, given the lack of dedicated graphics card, what will give me more speed: a 2.0 duo 2 with 1gb ram, or a 1.83 duo with 2gbs?
    2) What the difference between a 2.0 duo 2 and 1.83 duo 2 ? Is there really a difference in speed I should care enough about to spend an extra $100 now?
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I'd say go with the 2.0 C2D, and upgrade the RAM later. Overall, I think the larger cache will give better performance (plus the slight increase in clock). You might see some hit editing large image files with 1GB, but again - you can always change the RAM. Can't do much with the CPU.
  3. Voltes V macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2006
  4. chacha2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2006
    seems like solid advice, but for that $100 sells two nice hdds:

    HITACHI Travelstar 7K100 HTS721080G9AT00 (0A25023) 80GB 7200 RPM ATA-6 Notebook
    TOSHIBA MK1234GAX 120GB 5400 RPM ATA-6 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM

    Speed bump or/or 2x storage bump, and also gives the option to pull the hdd in the mac and make a nice little external 60gb usb drive, which seems way more valuable than a DVD burner.

    Am I not seeing something in the 2GHZ duo 2 model I should? Does anyone have a way of showing benchmarks for the new 1.83 vs 2.0 duo 2s?
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    The 2.0 gHz C2D has 4MB of cache, vs. 2MB in the 1.83.

    There might be some benchmarks out there for PC's using those, but I doubt any are out for the MB's.
  6. brikeh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2006
    Yeah u should def go with the c2d...I think its gonna be free of a lot of the Rev-A probs too.
  7. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    Are 7200rpm drives that much of an increase in the MacBooks (i ask because the difference between 7200 - 10,000 in my G5 was huge but it probably has the bandwidth on the sata channels, does the MacBook?). Plus, is there a problem with heating on the MacBooks with 7200rpms?
  8. reflex macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2002
    Neither of those harddisks has a SATA (serial ata) interface. So they won't work in the Macbook.
  9. chacha2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2006
    reflex - thanks a bunch for pointing that out!

    The warm glow of computer-related retail therapy has clearly clouded my vision.

    Any advice on a good model to buy?

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