Macbook; Office; Ram - Decisions!

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  1. wowser macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I'm finally upgrading my Panther-rocking eMac for the entry-level Macbook.

    That's all I know, but I have some queries about things surrounding the purchase:

    i. I have been using Micosoft Office X on my eMac, and wondered how that would run on the Intel Macbook. I have left university now, so I don;t use Office extensively, mainly Word. Is iWork worth the extra 50 quid, or will I be ok with Office X running on Rosetta?

    ii. I'm very tempted by Crucial's LOW RAM deals - 50 quid for 4gb. I guess that's a no-brainer, even if I'm using it mainly for net/email.
    I seem to remember it best to install the RAM before you've even started the Mac up for the first time. Is this true? Or can I see how I cope with 1gb, then upgrade later, and feel the same benefit?

    Basically: RAM or iWork?
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    iWork is definitely worth it, or you could have a look at the free NeoOffice :)

    RAM is good, but there's no problem in waiting until the price has gone down...
     
  3. clevin macrumors G3

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    well, if all your need is word. Just use neooffice or open office.

    You want to put more RAM in the thing, leopard won't be that happy with 1G default.
     
  4. wowser thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Will it be scrolling, butterlike with the 4gb? I'm sold on the extra RAM.

    Has anyone tried Office X on a new Mac?
     
  5. psychofreak Retired

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    My MB is running Office great on Leopard with one gb...
     
  6. walnuts macrumors 6502

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    Mine too, though I'm upgrading to 2 gigs, also from Crucial, just to be on the safe side.
     
  7. clevin macrumors G3

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    well, My information is from readings here and there. Sure larger memory will do better when using more large apps.

    But I don't have leopard, so if it runs fine with 1G, thats even better, OP can save all his money then :)
     
  8. wowser thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The Crucial price seems to have risen in the space of two days! Qre fluctuations normal?
     
  9. wowser thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Right, have just ordered the Macbook, along with 4GB of RAM from Crucial. I went with the Apple > Macbook > Core 2 Duo MB061LL/B configuration at the Crucial site. I assume this is correct, for the entry level white Macbook?
     
  10. smogsy macrumors 6502a

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    i got macbook orignally with 1gb with Firefox/itunes open for 1 hour i had 9mb ram left....

    now on 4gb :)

    just my 2 pence (from GB LOL)
     
  11. digitalnicotine macrumors 65816

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    Well done on the 4gig ram decision. You won't regret it, and can save the rest of your money and use open office for your office apps. Maybe start saving up for your next mac in the future. :)
     
  12. wowser thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. The eMac will be heading to its retirement home soon, like a war veteran.
     
  13. wowser thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, one more thing: am I ok to install the RAM before booting the machine for the first time?
     
  14. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    Yea thats, fine. I done it over 50+ times at work.
     
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