Student going from PC to Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SeanEE89, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. SeanEE89 macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    VA, United States
    I have been a PC user all my life and I need a new laptop for school and for general personal uses (surf the internet, email, music, movies, WOW and FFXI) but nothing to hardcore until I can manage to afford Logic so I can toy with developing my own music.

    To get to the point though I was wondering if I should get a MacBook or MacBook Pro?

    I do plan on upgrading which ever laptop I get when I get it to have 4GB of RAM and a 320GB Hard Drive if it can support one that large?
  2. Jason S. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2007
    If you're going to be using Logic eventually, save yourself the trouble and get a MacBook Pro now. Also, the games you plan to play will run much better having the dedicated graphics.
  3. spork183 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2006
    Your biggest question between the two comes down to money and graphics. If you can afford it, get the pro. No brainer. IMO, onboard graphics are not the answer. You want dedicated graphics.
  4. modesty macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2008
    you cant play wow on a macbook, maybe just farm and crap but youll have problems in citys / raids

    also macbooks / pros only support up to 3 gig of ram.
  5. spork183 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2006
    new pros have option of at least 4gb, from apple bto
  6. APPLEFAN8 macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2007
    well I went from my parents PC and then worked full time over the summer and got a black macbook! I love it
  7. modesty macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2008
    plz show me where it says this
  8. damesJ macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2008
    any santa rose platform supports 4 gigs of memory... current macbooks and macbook pros are santa rose
  9. jbg232 macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2007
    New macbooks have a santa rosa chipset which supports 4GB Memory

    The three advantages of a macbook pro are a dedicated graphics card (good for games), a slightly faster chip, and a larger screen. If you don't need those three things, the macbooks are every bit as good as a macbook pro. One other thing is that on a mbp you can upgrade to a 7200 rpm hdd which are much faster but that's just for application loading.
  10. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    You're thinking of the older C2Ds, which supported 3.3GB of RAM (actually, they could only address 3.3GB; you would have no problems putting in 4GB).
    The new Santa Rosa chips support up to 4GB at the moment, and possibly more (this is dependent on future RAM chips).
    As for the OP's question, I think you should consider how long you plan on waiting before buying Logic.

    If the waiting time period is longer than the life span of a notebook (~3 years) you'd be better off using a macbook while you wait to get Logic.

    If, however, you plan on getting Logic within 6 months (or some other time period similar to 6 months) you may want to save yourself the trouble and get the macbook pro.
  11. paul.b.davis macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2007
    Over the hills and far away...
    when you do get Logic, consider getting the regular retail version instead of the education version. You save some money with the edu. version (and not too much I might add) but you lose the ability to upgrade to future version.

    just something to keep in mind
  12. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    I've got 4gb RAM in my macbook so yes they do support 4 gig. 8 gig in fact, if 4gb SO-DIMM chips become available, so I heard.
  13. freitas macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2008
    Ohio, USA
    FYI. I have upgraded my C2D 2.2 MBP to the exact specs you are considering, 4GB ram, 320 WD Scorpio HD. The machine is amazing. I recently switch from a sony vaio sz. I miss the lighter weight of the sony but the MBP is simply the best 15.4" laptop on the market. If you have the money I would go with the MBP over the MB. Don't forget to take advantage of your student discount.
  14. SeanEE89 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    VA, United States
    The Macbook can in fact play wow without problems. I know a guy from my school who was always playing it on his MacBook at school last semester.

    Why would a MacBook Pro be better for Logic because if it is just because of the screen size I have a dell 20" monitor I could connect it to for a larger or even dual screen set up.

    Also will the MacBook not support a 7200RPM Hard Drive? If it only supports 5400RPM Drives would I be able to put a 320GB Hard Drive in it.
  15. a104375 macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2007
    Matamoras, PA
  16. 147798 Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    I upgraded my MB to 4GB and 200GB 7200RPM drive. It flies. If you research the benchmarks (google Macbook 2.2 benchmarks), a 2.2 MB ties or very slightly EXCEEDS a 2.2 MBP with the same RAM and HDD in every aspect EXCEPT in 3D rendering and super-large monitor support.

    If you are doing games other than WOW (e.g. COD4) you really need a graphics card. Also, Aperture 2 (for example) use a graphics card to help w/photo processing. But, if you are doing basic stuff, the MB will suffice.

    Other considerations: MBP has FW800 ports and more USB ports and the card slot, though most MBP users I know don't use the slot. On the other side, the MB HDD is easier to replace and does not void the warranty like on a MBP.

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