MBP CD used or MB C2D new?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by trudd, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. trudd macrumors regular


    May 27, 2004
    Just need some quick advice. I'm in the process of unloading my 1.67ghz Powerbook and have two options when it comes to my next computer.

    A buddy of mine is selling his nearly new MBP Core Duo. Specs:
    2.16 Core Duo
    2gb RAM
    100gb HD
    256mb upgraded video card
    Price: $1500

    However, I'm fond of the new Macbook C2Ds. I would buy a white 2.0ghz macbook and upgrade the RAM to 2gb, running me around $1300-1350 after educational discount. internal HD space isn't that vital since I have 1TB of scratch space.

    What I do: I'm a film student/photographer and work exclusively in Final Cut Studio and Photoshop. I edit only SD footage right now. I'll be taking classes that emphasize the use of Motion and DVD studio pro next semester.

    My situation: I do 98% of my editing in clamshell mode - plugged into my 20" 2005fpw. So screen size isn't a huge issue.

    My problems...
    1) I don't like the idea of buying 1st gen computers. The MBP was purchased just weeks before the C2D were announced, so it has the most recent logic board and I don't think it has any mooing problems. I'm sure it gets hot, but so does my PB.
    2) What is better? A CD MBP with a dedicated graphics card? Or a C2D macbook with integrated graphics?

    In short, is the C2D such a leap ahead that it is worth forsaking a graphics card? Or should I stick with my professional grade laptops?

    Hope this makes sense - I'm between classes and in a bit of a rush.
  2. rstorm macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2006
    Grand Rapids, MI
    The MBP CD looks to be a steal at $1500. You will not notice a big difference in speed CD vs C2D in most app's.

    Go for the MBP CD and never look back!

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