Macbook Pro vs Desktop PC running Tiger?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by skuliaxe, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. skuliaxe macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2006
    My wife, as a Graphic designer, uses her Macbook Pro (Intel 2.16 Intel C2D and 2Gb ram) for all her work. Lately her computer has been a little slow and the fan running at full speeds most of the time (graphic design applications demand cpu load).

    I was wondering if I could rather buy some parts for my old desktop and have her use that instead, running XP and Tiger in dual boot.
    The desktop is a Intel C2D 2.4Ghz with 2Gb ram and a Ati X1300 praphics card. The parts aren´t much better than the laptops, but will they run the OS better? Shouldn´t a desktop with the same specs as a laptop run faster?
  2. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Try 4 gigs of ram for the mbp. Yeah, it will only use 3 and change, but DDR2 is cheap, and you may as well get the full dual channel benefit of it.

    Also stick in a larger, faster hard drive in it. This will make a performance boost in your mbp. I did the same with a 2.33 c2d mbp, and it gave it a new lease on life.

    It will also be a butt load cheaper than buying a new machine.
  3. skuliaxe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2006
    Thanks for the advice.
    I think a bigger HDD in the MBP would be the first choice. My wife is always struggling with disk space (5Gb or less free).

    I wouldn´t actually have to buy a new computer for her to also use the PC desktop. I just would have to buy a Tiger license for it. I was just wondering if the performance would be any better.
    Any thought on that matter?
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Running osx tiger on a PC desktop (assuming it's not Apple) is against the EULA. You also can't simply put the tiger install disk in a non-Apple PC and expect it to install - it won't. It can be done, but not trivial.
  5. fpar macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2008
    That PC would definitely out spec the mbp, mainly due to the desktop graphics card. Even high end desktop graphics cards from over 5 yrs ago out speck the 9600m in current mbp's.
  6. Dustman macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    I just bought a $250 eMachines desktop and it's running OS X just fine. Buy the license, throw out the CD, then download a distro. It was actually easier to install than XP.
  7. LouisBlack macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2007
    Balham, London
    Theres your problem. OS X likes a fair amount of space left on the internal drive (usually about 10% or so) to use for swapping. As you're using lots of pro level apps I assume you are using a lot of RAM. As you only have 2GB of RAM, the computer is having to offload that onto the slower hard drive... when there isn't enough space on the hard drive to do that things get slooow.

    Try clearing out some files and upgrading the RAM to 3GB. Your MBP is of a similar spec to my iMac and I rarely push that even when editing video or using Motion.
  8. seb-opp macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2008
    getting a windows PC to run a stable OS X would be harder than upgrading the MBP. Might as well upgrade the mbp instead. More ram and a 7200rpm HDD would be a good start.

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