Whats the difference?

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  1. Pathfinder55 macrumors 6502

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    I was looking at the MacBooks to day and im thinking about buying one and I want to know whats the big difference between 2.0GHz and 2.2GHz, and how does more GHz help you?
     
  2. Fleetwood Mac macrumors 65816

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    The difference between a 2.0 and 2.2GHz processor is very minimal. Basically, the 2.2 means that it can perform a few more calculations in a given amount of time. The difference that does count in these machines are the hard and optical drives. The 2.2GHz mid-range model can burn DVDs while the 2.0 can only burn CDs. Also, the 2.2 has a larger 120GB hard drive.

    Its hard to say which is better value, because it dpends n how you plan to use your machine. Please ask more questions if you like.
     
  3. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How about the jump from 1GB to 2GB RAM? I would think that thats pretty good jump right?
     
  4. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    yes more ram will always be a good jump. if you don't burn a lot of movies or not at all or don't need more storage, then the dvd burner and larger hard drive would be usless so go with the cheaper 2.0ghz MB. if the price is pretty much the same, go for the bells and whistles :D
     
  5. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Try to install the RAM yourself. You can get 2gb for $40 at Newegg. That, fifteen minutes, and a screwdriver will allow you to save over Apple's exorbitant fees for memory.
     
  6. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    And RAM just let's you run more apps at one time right?
     
  7. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Not only that, but more RAM will also reduce "choppiness" which you might see if you run low on RAM.

    If you're looking to buy a macbook soon, I suggest you evaluate your needs. While having a DVD burner can make you feel "safe," you have to ask yourself if it's worth the extra $200 (.2GHZ is hardly worth much at all-you won't notice the difference).

    If you have a second computer which has a DVD burner, I would go with the bottom end macbook, buy 3rd party RAM, and be done with it.
     
  8. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    If I do buy third party RAM there won't be any compatability prolems right, or make it run weird?
     
  9. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    No, don't worry about it. There's no reason 2GB should cost you $700;) (or whatever unreasonable sum Apple wants for it these days).
     
  10. Naimfan macrumors 601

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    OK, first lesson in legalese: Never use "unreasonable" when it is possible to use "outrageous."

    ;)
     
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  12. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    No, it's just a few screws and plugging the RAM in. It is literally a five minute task that almost anyone can do. Check out the MR guides and even Apple's webpage (yes, it shows you how to install your own RAM-does that tell you something?;)).
    So I suppose Apple would fail the reasonable person test eh?:p
     
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  14. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok so the MacBook only has one "slot" of RAM right? So I would have to take out the 1GB and put in the 2GB right?
     
  15. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Nope, it's got two. When you buy it, it will have two 512MB sticks. When you buy your RAM, you should get two 1GB sticks. Remove both old ones and put in the new ones. :)
     
  16. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Can you post a link to were it is on Apples website?
     
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  20. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    And this is propably the best deal around right?
     
  21. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    It's fairly decent. I would look around at some other sites as well just to be sure, but it isn't bad. Honestly though, don't buy until you have the macbook in your possession. At the rate RAM prices fall, you might save an extra 10-20%.
     
  22. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cool thanks!
     
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    Another Question- How many "slots" does the MacBook have for the Hard Drive, only one right?
     
  25. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    That's the bus speed. Even though the SR macbooks have 800 Mhz bus, it probably won't do you much good to get 800 Mhz RAM. Instead, stick with the 667 Mhz.
    Yup, just one. I advise that if you do buy a new internal, you also get yourself an external of roughly twice the size for backups/time machine. :)
     

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