Possibly getting a Macbook...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Con-Con, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. Con-Con macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2007
    Hey, I'm a graduating high school senior in need of a laptop for college. I parents suggested that they would buy me one for a graduation present. Lately people have preferred me to the Macbooks. Now, I am a PC user, always have been, but I'm more than willing to make the big change. My only question that I'm pondering is which Macbook I get as far as disk space and RAM?

    The only things I will probably do on the Macbook is surf the net, listen to music(I have a LOT of music), chat online, watch movies, do school work(like notes and stuff), and maybe play with iPhoto and Garageband a lil bit.

    Should I up grade my Macbook RAM to 2 GBs and upgrade the hard drive?
  2. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    It all depends how much your 'rents are willing to spend.
    I would say 2GB RAM is nice to have especially if you are going to run windows apps in Parallels. Both RAM and HD can be upgraded pretty easily in a macbook.
  3. jkmakesmusic macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2007
    if your parents are paying, what the hell, go for it man. otherwise i think it's fine for what you're looking to do. it's easy to upgrade later on too, so it's not like you're locked into it for life
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    You can do both with Apple or through 3rd parties. You will save some money getting the lowest spec MacBook and updating the hard disk and memory yourself and then selling the old parts. If you do that, however, Apples warranty will not cover the new parts, you will have to use the manufacturers warranty for those parts.

    I have 2gigs of RAM and most things fly. The only thing the MacBook has a problem with is playing games that require advanced graphics cards. I don't play games so I don't care but you might.
  5. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    i reckon get 1.5GB RAM (swap out one 512MB stick for a gig). It's a bit cheaper, and I find i never touch more than 1.5GB anyway. As for HDD stuff, yeah go nuts. 120 or 160GB should be enough (for now :p)
  6. 2hondas macrumors regular

    May 10, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I am in the exact same boat as you...Grade 12 graudate, University this September.

    I am getting a the top White Macbook with 160 gb HD and 2 gb Ram in 2 weeks. :) + free iPod Nano 4gb.
  7. nichos macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2004
    Jacksonville, Fl
    Agreed, it's cheaper to buy 2 gigs from crucial, take the apple RAM out and throw it in the trash, than it is to upgrade the RAM from the apple site.
  8. ElCambo macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2007
    Just bought my black macbook for the same reason as you. I do the same kinda stuff and although 2gb is not necessary, its a nice addition to have. And when you have a lot of programs running you can notice that it never slows down and is one beautiful machine.
  9. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    I've been thinking of upgrading from 1.25 to 2GB of RAM in my MB. But is it worth it? I don't use RAM consuming apps, but when I went from 512 to 1.25 the change was awesome.

    Would it be similar from 1.25 to 2?

  10. weeman macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2007
    If you have the money, then go for it. You wont notice a major difference using individual applications, but if you have a bunch of applications open at once, you will notice it.
  11. Dynamyk macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2005
    For your uses 1GB will be fine for now, you can always upgrade if needed, but since you have a lot of music I would spend the money on the hard drive space (maybe an external?).

    You will enjoy using a Mac, let us know what you decide :)
  12. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    Although you should be ok with 1GB, as 3rd-party RAM is pretty cheap I would get some myself - you may not 'need' it exactly, but it won't hurt either :p
  13. bohrsatom macrumors member

    May 18, 2005
    I'd say go for 2gb as well. If you want to do any stuff with virtualisation (Parallels/VMWare) then you really need over a gig. On my macbook (the low end revC one) I have a 384Mb Windows VM and it makes OS X run *very* slowly (lots of paging).

    In the UK it's £54 for 2gig of RAM from Crucial so not very expensive ;-).

    As for the disk space, 80gig is not a lot if you want to do any bootcamping, as a vista partition will take up at least 15gig (that's how much the OS requires) and an XP one needs at least 5... add your apps onto that and you're using up a large bit of space! However the MB hard disk is user-replacable, so spend some extra money on a 120gig/160gig SATA disk, install it and then put the 80gig in a £5 external USB enclosure and you have more space for less money. And somewhere where you can store backups/movies/mp3s/whatever.

    so my advice is go for the low-end MB, and upgrade the components. I'm not sure you can justify spending the difference for .16 Ghz CPU (which is negligable) and a SuperDrive... unless DVD burning is something you want!

    bohrsatom - new macbook owner for 3 weeks and loving it (mostly) ;).
  14. Con-Con thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2007
  15. Ladybug macrumors 65816


    Apr 13, 2006
    Just a thought, but since you say you have a lot of music, why not use/buy an iPod for your music collection, and use the computer for everything else? If you went this route, you could buy the computer stock and upgrade the ram and hard drive yourself if you think its necessary. :)
  16. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    good idea, but how much is exactly "a lot" of music. 20 gigs? 60? over 100? Depends on the bitrate.

    You just buy the lowest stock, and the upgrade the other stuff yourself (RAM and HDD). You'll save tons. I got 2 GB RAM in mine with a 120 GB HDD, just get the big stuff so you don't have to worry about it later. You parents are paying for it anyways. And you get a free nano, you can either keep it or sell it for some cash.
  17. Dustman macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    Same as everyone else pretty much, Get the base macbook, and order a 1 GB stick elsewhere on the internet so that when you're macbook comes to you're doorstep, you can swap out a stick of ram and put the 1 GB in giving you 1.5 gb of ram. that should be plenty for a few years for what you intend to do. as far as the hard drive goes, makes sure u get atleast 80 gigs.. u can always upgrade that later if u find you're starting to run a little low
  18. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    Given how reasonable RAM prices are, I would upgrade to 2GB - especially as there's meant to be a slight deterioration in graphical performance when you used unmatched sticks (although quite a few people are doing so quite happily!)

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