Macbooks for the converted...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by FleurDuMal, May 31, 2006.

  1. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    London Town
    Hi everyone.

    The straw has just hit the camel's back. My love affair with the PC has come to an end. Like a feverishly devoted lover, I have for too long been blinded to its many flaws. In the past I have grinned and bore its flirtations with Mr Worm and Mr Hacker, and closed my eyes to its grossly inadequate hardware (its not what you have, its what you do with it - and sadly, Windows rarely knows what to do with it).

    However, at the same time as my Sony laptop has bust on me (for the second time, but for the same problem) a new lady, Mrs Mac, has entered onto the scene, sporting certain enchancements which have caught my eye. After many years in a loveless relationship, its time to see if the grass really is greener.

    Before I bore you by extending my extended metaphor, I should inform you that I seek advice. The Macbook looks like a great way to introduce myself to the world of Mac. However, I'm still not certain as to which model I should get (please bear in mind I'm in the UK).

    My question is whether it is worth me getting the the 2.0ghz (white) version of the Macbook, or if I should get the 1.83ghz version? Bear in mind, if I get the 1.83ghz, I could then soup it up to 2 gig RAM (NOT bought from Apple) and get myself a 7,200rpm 80-120gb hard drive (not sure whether there is a Macbook compatible 120gb 7,200rpm hard drive though).

    Of course, what I intend to use this Macbook for is important. I will be using it for the following:
    -A LOT of ripping and encoding DVD's into x264 (bear in mind I will probably use XP (via Bootcamp) to do this as the software available seems more complete (GordianKnot and DVD Encrypter in particular)). Will the difference between 1.83 and 2.00 be big enough to justify the extra £150?!
    -Ripping and encoding music (converting my entire CD collection into AAC)
    -I'm begginning to get into digital photography quite a lot and it looks like it could become a long term, serious hobby. So will the sacrifice of processor speed really affect photo editing software?
    -The odd game, mostly Football Manager 2006 and AoE (I've obviously come to terms with Civ 4 not being playable on the Macbook).
    -Word processing and internet browsing.

    ALSO, will both models be able to power my Dell 2405fpw? Will getting 2gig of RAM be far more beneficial than just 1 gig in this context?

    Thank you for helping everyone!
  2. chairguru22 macrumors 6502a

    May 31, 2006
    the 2.0GHz MacBook has a dvd burner while the 1.83 does not. so that answers your question about which one to get.
    edit: assuming you will want to burn dvds
  3. gman71882 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    Yes the macbook will suport the 24 inch dell display... just make sure you get the Mini DVI to DVI adapter when you order it. ($19)
    They used to come shipped with the computer, :confused: now you have to buy it.

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  4. TaKashMoney macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2005
    Yeah as mentioned previously, you get a superdrive (dvd burner) along with the boost in processor power. It sounds like a good deal to me...
  5. FleurDuMal thread starter macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    London Town
    I'm not sure whether I need to actually burn DVD's on the go. If I need to burn any DVD's, I can just buy an external DVD burner (especially given that the Superdrive doesn't burn double-layer DVD's...I don't think :confused: ).

    Perhaps I should've been clearer. I'll be doing a lot of ripping and encoding of DVD's, but I won't necessarily be burning them onto DVD, just keeping them on my hard disc.

    Thankyou people
  6. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    Go with the base model, upgrade the RAM, upgrade the hard drive (or buy an external) and you should be good to go. There's really not much reason to upgrade unless you think you might need the DVD capability and even then, as you noted, not if you think you need DL writing.
  7. ddrueckhammer macrumors 65816


    Aug 8, 2004
    America's Wang
    You are right, unfortunately, I just looked and the Macbooks don't have a DL DVD burner. Personally, I would go with the RAM and Hard Drive on the lower model...You get more bang for your buck there...I would suggest New Egg or Other World Computing for your upgrades.

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