macbook But which 1?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by smogsy, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. smogsy macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2008
    ive posted before but, be easier to start new post

    Im looking to buy a Macbook (i saw the air but im not paying £1300 for it)

    Things that will done on it ( all inside the house)
    Internet Wirelessly
    maybe tamper with Imovie
    Internet Messaging
    Learn To Program in Apple/Unix Language (like you to tell me good program)

    this is not my main Computer i have 2 other PC's but this is my first MAC

    i can't decide between these
    2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    1GB memory
    80GB hard drive
    Combo drive

    External Ethernet HDD 500GB WD (£105) (all pcs could use to)
    2GB/4GB Ram (£29) (£88)


    2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    1GB memory
    120GB hard drive1
    Double-layer SuperDrive

    2GB/4GB Ram (£29) (£88)


    what do you reacon thanks!
  2. arnette macrumors 6502


    Nov 22, 2002
    Manhattan Beach
    If you're disciplined enough to use the networked drive, go with that option. You'll probably never miss the processor speed if you get the 2.0Ghz processor, maxing out the RAM will be more important.

    I passed on a superdrive and bought the combo drive with my laptop. Didn't miss DVD-burning a bit. The only use I would have for it would be backups... but then again you'd be getting a networked drive.

    Have fun!
  3. jne381 macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2006
    Grand Rapids
    I had the same dilemma. I went with the 2.0 and I am waiting for my 4GB of RAM from Crucial for $107. I will upgrade the hard drive myself if the 80GB ever gets filled. The MacBook makes changing these things out extremely easy. Like the earlier poster said, I don't think you will ever miss the .2 GHZ in the processor, and as for not burning DVDs, I hardly ever used that capability on my last machine.
  4. j26 macrumors 65832


    Mar 30, 2005
    If you have a dvd burner, you're better off with the lower one and the extras
  5. gazfocus macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2008
    Liverpool, UK
    There's a chance that Apple will make the Remote optical drive access available in the next release of Leapard so the DVD Writer won't be so important. It just depends whether you're likely to want the bigger internal hard drive really.

    I personally would go for the middle spec MacBook and then save up a little while for the NAS drive.

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