Macbook power enough?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Zadiek, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. Zadiek macrumors member

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    Well I need some opinions...I currently have a 2.16 ghz 2gb ram macbook. I have had it for about a year now and it has worked great for me but I usually just use the internet and iPhoto on it. I have started to develop more of a interest in music creation and video editing. Nothing too serious though, as I won't be doing either professionally, and using it strictly for home and personal use. Do you think the Macbook has enough power for this? People usually say Macbook Pro for Video/Music/Graphics use, but as I said these won't be done on a professional level. I also need something that will last me a few more years, and I am thinking the aluminum case on the Macbook Pro would help it last longer. Thoughts?
     
  2. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Dont waste your money. Unless you want gaming or pro editing performance... the MB has more than ample performance!

    Apple used some awesome cpus in the Mid 2007 MBs which were and even are really strong in their class!

    What MB doesnt ship with is an DVI adapter and believe me with that kind of stuff you're gonna need it sooner or later
     
  3. Zadiek thread starter macrumors member

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    Well money is not a problem at the moment but I am getting married in early November so I am sure that will change! So if I am going to make the change, I should do it soon. Durability is probably more of a factor since it will probably be a few years before I can get a new one. I need something that will hold up well because this will be my main computer.
     
  4. kalex macrumors 65816

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    You'll be fine with macbook, upgrade to 4gb ram and get applecare with the savings over MBP
     
  5. Zadiek thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah this seems like a good idea. I just find the Macbook Pro so freakin sexy!
     
  6. munckee macrumors 65816

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    Since you already own the MB, why not just start with it for a month or two and judge for yourself how it functions? A NOV. wedding should still leave plenty of time to slip a new purchase into the mix before you have to...ahem...account for the expenditure.
     
  7. tkiss macrumors regular

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  8. tkiss macrumors regular

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    And I have heard that the Macbook is more durable than the Pro, because the Pro gets dings and dents
     
  9. Eric. macrumors regular

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    And the other side will argue that the Macbook will crack. :p


    Just don't go throwing either around and you'll be fine. I managed to keep a Dell Inspiron 1100 for 4-5 years without a single mark on it.
     
  10. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Now that you tell me about your situation....
    Dude you're in a BIG fix. I'd have gone with the MBP with its processor having 6MB of L2 cache (Only 3 for MB).

    But then the Nehalem is also far too enticing with all this new MBP (If hats what Apple continues calling it) casings and stuff!

    Couldnt you save or something.... I mean 'a secret stash' which GF doesnt know about!

    LOL:p
     
  11. nyzballa12 macrumors member

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    As long as you don't get too into the editing that you need high end programs, the MB should be fine
     
  12. Zadiek thread starter macrumors member

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    I think am going to take munckee's advice. See how interested I get into the editing, and then upgrade if I find it necessary. The new Macbooks and Macbook Pros should be out by then anyway, so it should work out for the best. Thanks for the advice guys! I guess I will be storing a secret stash after all...lol
     
  13. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Doesn't support 4GB. Only 3,3. But the macbook will still be more than capable of your needs.
     
  14. somuchtosayx macrumors newbie

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    i have installed 4GB RAM and it displays all being available. iStat aslo shows all 4GBs being used ect. i've heard of vista only using 3.5 GB of RAM but not macbooks. regardless, the macbook is fine for editing i do photoshop a lot while browsing the web, d/l torrents, using ichat and itunes open as well. computer hardly lags.
     
  15. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    All SantaRosa MBs support 4GB!:D
     
  16. Chappers macrumors 68020

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    MacBooks are not powerful machines and if you want to edit, even in iMovie - the import and export of a movie file can be long and slow. Apart from that and games - its a great little machine.
     
  17. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed.

    I don't know why you would consider upgrading until you actually tried seeing if it worked with your original system. Oh well.

    Try it out, if video editing on your current setup is too slow, then upgrade.
     
  18. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    When you say "Video/Music/Graphics" does that mean you'll be editing video, cutting, chopping frames and clips in application like FinalCut Pro, Adobe Première? Loading large image files into Photoshop, Illustrator for manipulation, Rendering scaled down models of your favourite town by creating millions of triangles in Maya, Motion etc?

    If that's the case, then for some of those applications, your better off with the MacBook Pro. If not, then the MacBook will do you fine. When people talk about using the MacBook Pro, it's because they need the larger display for all the millions of application pallets, the powerful(ish) video card to refresh everything and keep it bang on time.


    The MacBook is a decent bit of kit, uses the same class of CPU as the MBP and it offers many features as found in highend laptops but also misses a few important ones, especially if you need video power. The built-in video card is actually part of the Intel Chipset, the memory is borrowed from the main system - not didicated.

    The MacBook comes with a miniDVI, with a few dollars you can buy an adaptor for it - However, it doesn't support Dual-Link DVI like it's bigger brother does, thus you'll be limited to a slightly lower resolution.

    If you wanna watch Videos, listen to Music and edit the occasional Photo or do a little graphics work - say a small project, the MacBook is ideal!!:)

    The both the current MacBook's and MacBook Pro will accept upto 4GBof RAM. However the MacBook Pro has been tested and proven to accept and support 8GB of RAM... should one really need it, bear in mind 4GB SODIMMS ain't cheap!! (You'll need two to get 8GB working.)
     

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