One last question before I splurge on a 15" PowerBook

Lobos

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Jun 11, 2005
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Thanks to all of your wonderful posts. After reading them and searching for more, I've decided on the 15" PowerBook. However, even after reading some old posts I'm stuck between the 1.5 and 1.67 PowerBook. Some people mentioned that it really wasn't much of an increase. Is it worth it? Is the extra VRAM worth it? I'll be dropping in another half a gig of ram from crucial when I get it (regardless of the processor.) I'm looking toward the future (something that will be comfortable for the next couple of years until things are running well with intel PBs.) I also have the option of getting 1 gig instead of 512 extra ram from crucial (for $200.) Would 1.5 ghz with 1.5 gig of ram be better than 1.67 with only 1 gig?

Here are my price break downs:
1.67 w/ 64 vram, 1 gig ram: 2165
1.67 w/ 128 vram, 1 gig ram: 2255
1.5 w/ 1 gig ram: 2000
1.5 w/ 1.5 gig ram: 2135

Thank you for your help and patience.
 

FFTT

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I would get the fastest processor you can afford AND the best GPU you can afford.

You'll be totaly fine with 1GB RAM for almost anything unless you're working with heavy audio/video applications.
 

Willy S

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May 8, 2005
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The price difference isn´t that much so this is an easy question. Answer:

1.67 w/ 128 vram, 1 gig ram: 2255
 

KingSleaze

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Feb 24, 2004
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Get the best main and graphics processors that you can afford. These are NOT upgradeable. RAM you can add as finances permit. Having the best main and graphics processors means a longer time before obsolesence forces you into obtaining newer machine.
 

runninmac

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Get the best prosesser and gfx card you can get you so you will furture proof you system. You can always add ram later . But either way you will be very happy with your PowerBook.
 

FFTT

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One other thing you might consider,
is signing up as a student developer for
$99 BEFORE you purchase your PowerBook.
Once you are accepted, then you're good to go ordering as a developer.

I've heard developer discounts are quite attractive and this may give you a substantial price break on your hardware, software and AppleCare.
 

simon-says

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May 24, 2005
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FFTT said:
I've heard developer discounts are quite attractive and this may give you a substantial price break on your hardware, software and AppleCare.
If I'm not mistaken I think I read somewhere that in order to get discounts you have to have been in the developer program for over a year in order to get discounts. If someone could back me up on this I'd like to be reassured that this is true or false.
 

orijinal

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Jun 6, 2005
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FFTT said:
One other thing you might consider,
is signing up as a student developer for
$99 BEFORE you purchase your PowerBook.
Once you are accepted, then you're good to go ordering as a developer.

I've heard developer discounts are quite attractive and this may give you a substantial price break on your hardware, software and AppleCare.
be wary, you can only use that ONCE per lifetime ****
 

sw1tcher

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Jan 6, 2004
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FFTT said:
One other thing you might consider,
is signing up as a student developer for
$99 BEFORE you purchase your PowerBook.
Once you are accepted, then you're good to go ordering as a developer.

I've heard developer discounts are quite attractive and this may give you a substantial price break on your hardware, software and AppleCare.
Let's see...

A student ADC member would pay $1,919 for the 1.67GHz/128MB vram PB + $99 member fee = $2,018

A student (non-ADC member) would pay $2,189 for the same config - $100 (Spring Promo) = $2,089

A difference of $71. Not bad.

With student ADC though, it takes a while before you can buy. Apple needs to verify that you're really a student.