What to do with $1400?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JohnnyQuest, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. JohnnyQuest macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2006
    Well I'm finally buying my new white Macbook this week after almost a year of waiting. I'm going to Tampa, my nearest Apple Store, and buying the 1.83/512mb model. Im also getting Microsoft office, because I'm a highschool student. However, I'm debating between getting a Incase Neoprene Sleeve or a Wireless keyboard. I will be returning to Tampa in about a month so whichever one i get first, I'll get the other in a month. Which one will i need more?
  2. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    Well, it already has a keyboard, so I'd say go for the case, especially if you will carry it around a lot.
  3. wongulous macrumors 6502a

    Dec 7, 2002
    The sleeve. White MacBooks scratch *so* easily and get so marred/dirty. The wireless keyboard you'd only use if you really need a 10-key, have enormous fingers (or hate the MacBook keyboard like I do--in which case why not save for a MBP?), or if you use one of those laptop iCurve stands.
  4. mrthieme macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2006
    Congrats, I would think that a pristine new white MB would need a case more than a keyboard, especially if you are taking it to school and it will be bouncing around in a bag.
  5. slicedbread macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2006
    get ram, whatever you do, get ram!

    512 really doesnt cut it!
  6. mattcube64 macrumors 65816


    May 21, 2006
    RAM, RAM, and RAM.

    I'm sure you've seen people post this in the past, and it looks like you're ignoring them. If you have the money to get more RAM, do it NOW. Atleast a gig, please. I have just 1.25GB of RAM, and when I upgraded, it was a HUGE performance increase. I'd love to get a gig stick to replace the 256MB stick. However, with another Mac purchase possibly in my future, I'd rather save the $$$ and max it out.

    Either way, though, 512MB is the bare minimum to run Tiger. I promise you, a RAM upgrade is the best purchase you can make.
  7. mike dunx macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2006
    Central FL
    A mouse would help you out a lot more than a keyboard would. And of course Ram.
  8. JohnnyQuest thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2006
    First of all- thank you all for the help. I've come to realize that RAM is the most important necessity. Is it worth the extra $200 for the 2.0ghz/1g model?
  9. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    Get the case and some extra RAM. Also unless you would be using some older versions of office at school you can download Neo Office. It's free and almost 100% compatible with office. I have never had a problem with it. You have to love open source. That will save you some money and you can get some more extras. I'd say a mouse might be nice to get. For your MacBook and if you still need Office, remember to get your Student discount. You will need to have a school ID, but that will save you some cash.
  10. polevault139 macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2006
    I don't think high school students can get a discount unless they have been accepted into a college. Thats the way I have thought it was.

    Get RAM at least 1GB. I had 512 for a while and thought it was alright but when I upgraded to 1 GB I couldnt believe the difference.
  11. JohnnyQuest thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2006
    I wouldn't buy RAM then install it. My only other option is to get the 2.0Ghz model with 1 gig of RAM. Should I buy that rather than the 1.83Ghz/512mb model?
  12. polevault139 macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2006
    RAM is really easy to install so you should consider installing it yourself. The 2.0 GHz has a superdrive if you want to burn DVD's and a larger L2 cache. If those things are worth it too you then the 2.0 GHz is a good choice.
  13. OwlsAndApples macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2006

    I have to agree, Neo Office is amazing, well worth the £0 :rolleyes:
    I think a new version is coming out soon as well, hopefully letting it catch up a little bit with OpenOffice.

    Case and RAM are musts IMO.
  14. Mr. MacBook macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2007
    NO, NO, and NO.
    I'd reccomend getting the 2GHz refurb macbook pro. 15 inch screen, 512 mb RAM with a single sodimm for easy upgrading. 128 mb video RAM 4 life
  15. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    RAM!! and a case. Actually, I'd get a case before RAM as ram can always get upgraded.. the case, once scratched, can't be fixed.
  16. AutumnSkyline macrumors regular


    Oct 5, 2006
    Why not look at the refurbished Macbook models? You could get:
    Refurbished MacBook 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - White
    13.3-inch glossy widescreen display
    1280 x 800 resolution
    1GB memory (2x512MB SODIMMs)
    80GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
    SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Built-in iSight camera

    For $1,099, the same price as the original one you thought about getting.
    If refurbished isn't your thing, I would have to say kick in the extra to get more RAM, I was just performing a light test on my iMac, and I had 15 apps open, and 18 widgets with a noticeable lag, but it wasn't very substantial. I would assume you wouldn't need to run 15 applications at once (neither do I for that matter), but it is always good to have more RAM for the future. Also, If you are thinking about upgrading to leopard (as am I) it would be beneficial. Whatever your choice, enjoy your macbook. :)
  17. neyoung macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2007
    I agree with the others. RAM is the way to go. You want to get at least 1gb.

    If you need extra cash for the ram consider dropping MS Office and using a free alternative like NeoOffice.

    Between the sleeve and a wireless keyboard go with the sleeve. If your in high school you'll likely be taking your MacBook with you to various places. A Sleeve will come in handy and reduce any damage to your nice new MacBook.

    I highly recommend the Marware Sportfolio neoprene sleeve.
  18. blurb23 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2007
    I've been shopping around on Apple.com for a couple weeks now, and I can get an education discount even though I'm still in High School.

    But, then again, I haven't actually ordered one. All I've done is enter my zip code, have it pull up my school, and then show me updated prices. I haven't actually ordered/created a proposal, so I'm not entirely sure if that'll change anything.
  19. Cult Follower macrumors 6502a

    Cult Follower

    Feb 20, 2007
    North Dakota
    If it was between the two things you mentioned get the case, I love mine. Also I've a wireless mighty mouse and love it. A gig of RAM is enough for me, as I am also in high school
  20. diamond3 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2005
    Go for the 2.0 ghz model with the larger hd, ram and superdrive. It's really nice to be able to make movies or back up music with the dvd burner. Get the refurbished one if you need to get office, and the case. Its worth the $200. And you also mentioned about waiting to get office or the case for the following month. Well, try out neooffice for a while and see if you like it and if not get ms office.
  21. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    I would say get that ram up to at least 1GB. I use a new Core 2 Duo Thinkpad X60 running XP and I even put an additional 1GB chip in the computer (and XP uses less ram than OSX... can't say the same about Vista though haha).

    It may also be worth the money to go up to the 2.0GHz model. With the 2.0 Core 2 Duo you get the 4MB L2 Cache on the processor vs the 2MB on the 1.86 model. You could also look at refurbs but I'm really into buying new... but that is just me :)

    Finally, you will love your Core 2 Duo MacBook! I had one for a few months and loved it... just moved to the Thinkpad because I use windows 90% of the time for work and wanted the smaller size of the X60 due to all the traveling I do.
  22. x86isslow macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2003
    Don't splurge on Mac Office 2004. Its about to be put out of its misery by Office 2008 in just a few months.

    Grab a used copy of Appleworks 6 or Mac Office v.X, and wait it out until they release the Universal Binary Mac Office 2008.

    Like everyone is saying, get RAM, since not everything is UB yet.
  23. What macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2006
    Don't buy ram from apple

    Installing ram is very easy and you can get much better deals at newegg.com.

    For 90-110 dollars, you can get a high quality 1gb ram for apple notebooks.
    Apple charges a ridiculous amount for upgrades.

    You'll save money.
    adn buy cases from eBay -they are cheaper than online stores.
  24. vga4life macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2004
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    May 26, 2006

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