Thinking of going from gen 1 MBP to newest Macbook....thoughts?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by alep85, Dec 30, 2006.

  1. alep85 macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2005
    Hey everyone! Thanks for all your advice on the dual-layer Superdrive, I DO need that feature, but I'm not going to void my warranty, especially since this unit has AppleCare on it. I'm almost thinking of going for a MacBook Core 2 and selling my first gen 1.83 Core Duo Macbook Pro, it has a 100 GB HDD and 2x512 MB of RAM. Size is not an issue, in fact I take my laptop onto campus a lot so the 13 inch might actually be a plus (minus the fact I don't like the glossy screen thing and the resolution is lower). I also like the fact you can easily upgrade the HDD on the Macbook , something I think should NOT be lacking on a Pro model. I would be gaining a Core 2 over the regular Core Duo, but my only concern is the Intel GMA950 chipset. I sell laptops at Best Buy and a million of the laptops I sell have this chipset. I know it sucks for gaming, but I'm not really looking for that. I have ONLY been using OS X (funny that I sell PC's, right?) for the last 6-8 months, the only things I can think of that might even use the video card in the Macbook Pro would be video editing through iMovie. Is this true, or again, is this mostly processor based? Also, I do have a few full 1080i rips of some HDTV movies that I run from my DVI output on my MBP into my HDTV in full 1080i resolution and I have the digital optical out running into my surround sound system as well, I know the video part of this uses the video card, but would the Intel 950 along with the Core 2 be able to handle that (I know it does 1900x1200 in full mirroring mode) with no skips? Please offer any suggestions if you guys got em, I'm thinking long and hard on this one but it's not going to be easy!
  2. adamyoshida macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2006
    Stick with the Pro. Core 2 isn't really that huge an upgrade from Core Duo in most cases.
  3. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    I think you'd be wasting your money upgrading, to me it seems the upgrade is for superficial reasons, + a dual core burner (which in most cases is never used).

    You're going to end up probably adding more money once you sell your MBP to buy a high end MB, and you'll lose in alot of domains of performance and quality.

    I know these laptops look really nice and seem to have nice feature lists, but don't fall for it!
  4. Marlon_JBT macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2003
    Detroit, Michigan
  5. Koodauw macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    I would stick with the MBP as well. That, or wait and save until you can get a version of the MPB with dual layer drive. The Refurb store is a good place to save a few bucks.

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