MacBook...should I buy? I am a Mac n00b.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Iron Lion Oroku, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. Iron Lion Oroku macrumors newbie

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    Hey everybody,

    I am contemplating purchasing a MacBook. I was planning to wait until Leopard comes out but since that has been bumped until October I don't think I can wait until then.

    I have done a bunch of research but I wanted to hear it from the mouths of Mac specialists.

    What specs would you guys recc for a MacBook? I am a complete n00b to Macs and can't wait to get my hands on one.

    Thanks!
     
  2. CrEsTo macrumors 6502

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    Hi Iron,

    Always get as much RAM as you can afford, what will you do with the MB?
     
  3. Vinnie_vw macrumors 6502

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    I think that completely depends on what you would use it for.

    Internet/wordprocessing/simple tasks: base specs
    More graphic*-intensive: higher-end specs (*there is a graphic penalty that comes with any non-pro Mac)

    1 gig of ram is a must for Tiger, 2 gigs is always better. Harddrive-space can run out quickly, so depending again for what you would use it for, go for an acceptable size (I would say 80 gig+). CPU... I don't know much about that, but I don't think there are great differences there.

    OK, I just checked the Apple-site. The medium-to-black macbooks seem like the one that would offer you the most options: better CPU/L2-cache, ram, superdrive (nice), etc. But again, if you just need to browse the web, then it's not that important.
     
  4. Andrew D. macrumors 6502

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    Sorry to drop by this thread with my own questions, but I guess it'll be better if I jump on this boat instead of starting my own.

    I myself find that purchasing a refurbished model would be the best idea. Upgrading the RAM and HD is easy as pie and way cheaper too outside from Apple. I plan on using my MacBook for the usual basics and possibly photography and music recording.

    My question is, can the MacBook handle Photoshop and image editing? Or will looking into a MBP be a better idea. Personally, the MacBook seemed a lot more appealing.. and the size is a plus for me.

    All in all, my advice would be to purchase low and upgrade from there. You'll save a lot of money for other toys like wireless goodies or what not. Cheers!
     

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