Should I trade my C2D MacBook for a CD iMac?

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  1. speedygonz macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I currently own a low end Core 2 Duo MacBook. However, I've just completed college and no longer require the portability of a MacBook. Therefore I'm considering an offer to trade it for a 20" Core Duo iMac with dedicated graphics card (x1600), superdrive and larger hard drive.

    MacBook Specs (first one on the left)
    http://support.apple.com/specs/macbook/macbook_mid_2007.html

    iMac Specs (the 20" model)
    http://support.apple.com/specs/imac/iMac_Early_2006.html

    I'm unsure whether I should accept the offer since the warranty for this iMac has already expired while the warranty for my MacBook runs for another 4 months (and also the option of extending it via applecare). In addition, I'm worried that the Core Duo processor would perform considerably worse than the Core 2 Duo, given the same clock speed at 2.0ghz. Are my concerns justified?
     
  2. clyde2801 macrumors 601

    clyde2801

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    No applecare?

    No warranty on the iMac? That's what I would have a concern with: if the LB goes out on the iMac, you're looking at almost roughly the cost of a new machine. I'd make doubly sure that I extended it on your macbook.

    Personally, I'd either sell the macbook on ebay or craigslist and buy a newer imac on the refurb store, ebay or craigslist, or buy a 22" lcd and span it to the macbook (after I bought applecare for it on ebay or craigslist).

    Would you tell a major difference between cd and c2d? For most uses, probably not. However the C-D only takes 2 gigs of ram at most, making parallels excruciating to use.

    Good luck with your decision.
     
  3. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

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    No. Core Duos are noticeably slower than C2Ds. If you do any video encoding or processor intensive tasks then NO.
     

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