Which Macbook to buy?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Bowlerguy10, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. Bowlerguy10 macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys, which of the two listed macbooks is the better value?

    Condition - refurbished

    Processor - 2.0 Ghz Core 2 Duo

    RAM - 1 gig

    HD - 80 gigs

    Price - $850

    or...........

    Condition - new

    Processor - 2.1 Ghz Core 2 Duo

    RAM - 1 gig

    HD - 120 gigs

    Price - $1,000

    So, which one gets the nod? I will be upgrading the RAM on the one I get to 2 gigs for $40 either way, so please keep that in mind.
     
  2. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000

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    Personally I don't like the idea of purchasing refurbished stuff.
     
  3. vansouza macrumors 68000

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    Always buy the most that you can afford without fear of the poorhouse.
     
  4. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    buy the first one...sounds like a steal. only thing, that hdd will fill up fast so with that money you saved, use it to eventually upgrade that.
     
  5. beppo macrumors member

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    you can always upgrade the hard drive later and you probably won't even notice the .1GHz difference
     
  6. Bowlerguy10 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think I am probably going to go with the refurb as some of you have said mainly because I don't want to spend a whole heck of a lot of money. I am going to buy a 500 gig external 7200 HD to go with it, my question is though, can I use the HD for programs music etc and time machine at the same time?
     
  7. ChrisN macrumors 65816

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    The first one sounds like what I have and I really think that the HDD is waaaaay to small and the RAM is only upgradeable to 2 GB which sucks so I would get the second one.

    ChrisN
     
  8. priller macrumors regular

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    If its a Santa Rosa its upgradable to 4gb. You can partition an external drive and have 1 partition for timemachine and 1 for data.
     
  9. mac2mac macrumors member

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    Get the new one because a 80 gb hd isn't that big and the latest Macbooks can handle 4gb of ram and run cooler.
    :cool:
     
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    You ought to just buy a 320 gig internal drive. They're only about $140 and can be replaced in 5 min. You'll get substantially better performance with it than any 7200 rpm external drive.
     
  11. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Unless Apple's crippled the logic board, they should be able to take 8 gigs.
     
  12. Bowlerguy10 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What kind of HD does a macbook take? Serial ATA, IDE, etc?
     
  13. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Internal is SATA - 1.5 gbps because of the Intel controller. Of course, you can put a 3 gbps in there, it just won't be any faster. Right now, the two fastest notebook drives for sustained write speeds are the Samsung and WD 320g/5400r drives. A close third is a 200g/7200r drive (which costs a lot more).

    For external, MB can only take USB2 and Firewire. Both are in the 400 mbps range conceivably, but USB2 is substantially slower in real life.
     
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  15. John.B macrumors 601

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    Understandable, generally. But Apple refurbs have a really great reputation. I'd never buy any refurbished Sony product, but I'm typing this on a refurb blackbook 2.2GHz. Go figure...
     
  16. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    No, but for another $10 you're there.
     
  17. Halon X macrumors regular

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    I just purchased a refurbished Macbook with the same specs you are looking at as a birthday present for my Mom.

    I spent another $80 on 4GB of RAM and $120 on a 250GB 2.5" USB drive. With the low cost of a 4GB RAM upgrade, I don't think I'd want to purchase anything with more than 1GB in it.

    Other than the box, there is absolutely no way to tell it's a refurb. Upgrading the HD is a snap so I wouldn't let the small size sway you either.

    It's a great laptop for the price.
     
  18. Ryuukumori macrumors 6502

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    What? Where did you get that idea?

    Apple laptops have always been 4 GB RAM max (up to date).
     
  19. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    The SR MB and MBP are theoretically able to recognize 8 Gbs of RAM, but due to there being no 4 Gb chips on the market, this is untestable, but stated by intel.


    I'd go with option 2 by the way. More storage is great and you don't have to fuss with screws (not that it's hard), but you might want to throw in more RAM, and besides, there's nothing like a new Mac.
     
  20. iFizz macrumors regular

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    Right on the money.
     
  21. wedge234 macrumors member

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    refurbs are good, they usually go over the macbooks with a fine-toothed comb back at the plant, and you might get a surprise like extra memory if the previous owner upgraded. I'd recommend applecare anyway, just in case.
     
  22. John.B macrumors 601

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    Yeah, the box, oh, and the serial number. :)
     
  23. XP Defector macrumors 6502

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    What on earth for?
     
  24. greenmeanie macrumors 6502a

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    Find yourself a student and buy a brand new Blackbook.
     
  25. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    Whoa there. I cannot even count on my fingers how many untruths you managed to cram into that post.

    First of all, when counterposting someone's statement, it's a good idea to support it with documentation. Next is your generalization. By 'Apple laptops' you also include iBooks and Powerbooks, which were only able to support 1.25/1.5 to 2 GB of RAM. Secondly, MacBooks and MacBook Pros with Intel Core Duo and Intel Core 2 Duo only supported 2GB and up to 3.3 GB RAM recognized when used with 2 x 2 GB RAM.

    What I am basically saying is to back up your claims and do some more research before posting please?

    And yes, the new SR Platform (as well as Penryn) will in theory support 8GB RAM. It's just that there's not many SO-DIMM 4 GB sticks around yet.
     

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