Which is the faster macbook

GMZ

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Hi I'm new here, this is my first post :D
I'm buying a macbook to use for my graphic design work today or tomrrow and I'm not sure which one of the following two options I should get...
1.83 Ghz with 2 Gigs of ram
OR
2.0 Ghz with 1 Gig

and I want to know if it's absolutely necessary to install the RAM in matched pairs, because if that's possible I might just go with the 2 Ghz and not have to worry about wasting RAM sticks.
 

robbieduncan

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You can install unmatched pairs of RAM but absolute performance would be better with matched pairs. Personally I would go with more RAM and less CPU speed as most of the time this will feel faster.
 

Nuks

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Yeah, if you don't need to burn DVD's (the 1.83 can't), then the 1.83 w/ 2gigs of ram is a FAR better deal.
 

thejadedmonkey

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Nuks said:
Yeah, if you don't need to burn DVD's (the 1.83 can't), then the 1.83 w/ 2gigs of ram is a FAR better deal.
That's what I said when I got my mini a year ago. Then I discovered iLife. Sure, you may not need a DVD burner now, but if you're creative, you may wish you had one later on down the road.
 

Abstract

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I'd get the 1.83 Ghz model, no doubt. The 2Ghz version is only like 4% faster in real world performance anyway. Who cares. The RAM is more important.

On the other hand, if you need the DVD burner, I guess the Superdrive could make the difference. However, external DVD burners are much much better anyway, and much cheaper as well.
 

kalun

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Sep 13, 2006
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depends on how you use it.....
if you open alot of application at once, rarely restart your computer, or open a programs that takes alot of ram, then get 2gb of ram (by programs that take alot of ram, i mean like doing video editing, image editing, stuff like that)

I would actually suggest getting the 2Ghz verison. Why?
in a macbook, you can easily add more ram, but you cannot replace the CPU.....
 

xfiftyfour

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kalun said:
I would actually suggest getting the 2Ghz verison. Why?
in a macbook, you can easily add more ram, but you cannot replace the CPU.....
i was about to say this same thing. in my opinion, buy the best you can afford of the things you can't upgrade later. IE: since you can't upgrade the processor, go for the 2.0 and upgrade with more ram later. besides, 1gb of ram will be plenty for the everyday activities.

there's a good argument, of course, for the 1.83 with 2gbs of RAM instead, because it really won't feel slower for the everyday use. BUT, also factor in which is a bit more "futureproof", which has better resale value for down the line when you upgrade..
 

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xfiftyfour said:
i was about to say this same thing. in my opinion, buy the best you can afford of the things you can't upgrade later. IE: since you can't upgrade the processor, go for the 2.0 and upgrade with more ram later. besides, 1gb of ram will be plenty for the everyday activities.
I third that. good idea and what i am going to do myself.
 

GMZ

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Sep 29, 2006
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Thanks everyone for your replies ^-^
I think I've made my decision. I'm getting the 2Ghz with 1 GB of pqi memory as the apple store here overcharges for RAM upgrades. I figure that upgrading the optical drive and CPU can't be done later but I can always add on RAM once I get more money, and external DVD writers are just clunky imo >_o

Has anyone here tried this pqi model with the macbook? There's on review of it by a mac user on newegg, but it says they've used it for only a day.
 

Sun Baked

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I'd say a refurbished MacBook Pro 2.0 @ $1699

Since the graphics GPU will make a difference with some of the apps.
 

GMZ

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Sep 29, 2006
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Hehe nah, MBP's are too big for me to carry around and I wouldn't even think about getting one 'til they'd solved the macboom issue and overheating problems. The macbook should be enough for me at least 'til I graduate, since I won't be doing a lot of 3D work anyway, mainly Photoshop and Illustrator.
Now I'm trying to find out if pqi RAM is 100% compatible with the macbook. No reason why it wouldn't be tho..
 

GMZ

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Hehe nah, MBP's are too big for me to carry around and I wouldn't even think about getting one 'til they'd solved the macboom issue and overheating problems. The macbook should be enough for me at least 'til I graduate, since I won't be doing a lot of 3D work anyway, mainly Photoshop and Illustrator.
Now I'm trying to find out if pqi RAM is 100% compatible with the macbook. No reason why it wouldn't be tho..