Which Macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nyprimus4, Oct 14, 2007.

  1. nyprimus4 macrumors newbie

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    I'm in a dilemma, which Macbook do I get?


    Refurbished White MacBook 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    1GB memory
    120GB hard drive
    SuperDrive

    For $1,099 and then the $250 Apple Care= $1349
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    Refurbished Black MacBook 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    1GB memory
    160GB hard drive
    SuperDrive

    For $1,299 and no Apple Care
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    New White MacBook 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    1GB memory
    120GB hard drive
    SuperDrive

    For $1,299 and no Apple Care

    --Or just wait until the end of the month and see what the new Macbooks offer?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    1. If you already have the refurbished models lists, why are you listing the new one?

    2. I'd wait for Leopard and a MacBook update.
     
  3. nyprimus4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    To compare them all, price wise.
     
  4. queshy macrumors 68040

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    If the budget is tight I would not buy the apple care...put the money towards a better machine.

    Then there's the whole white vs. black debate. I usually tell people unless they REALLY don't like the white, not to get the black as it isn't worth it.

    And at this point I'd wait for Leopard to buy...it's maximum a few weeks away.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You can get the same White MacBook for $200 less refurbished then new.

    What to compare other then one is new and the other one is refurbished?

    I wouldn't skimp on the Apple Care either when it comes to a laptop.
     
  6. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    If you plan to keep the MacBook longer than a year, definitely go with Apple care .. :)
     
  7. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    I'd wait if I was in your position. It will definitely be worth it to see what the updates bring. Either way, once the macbooks are updated, the price on the current refurbed ones will drop slightly, so your wallet might not feel as much of a crunch.

    However, this is all meaningless if you need the computer soon. Don't wait if something is being left undone because of it.
     
  8. MacinDoc macrumors 68020

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    Like he said.
     
  9. nyprimus4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I need to sell my PlayStation 3 before I can buy the Macbook so I'll probably see what the new revision brings and then if it isn't substantial I'll get the suped up White one refurbished with Apple Care. My budget is at $1,300 and I plan on using the laptop for at least 2-3 years so yeah the Apple Care will be helpful.
     
  10. vultureparade macrumors member

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    you can also get applecare a lot cheaper by buying it on ebay. And you can buy it anytime during the first year, so you don't have to drop the money on it right away.
     
  11. nyprimus4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Now for some more questions...

    1. How well will the Macbook work with the Mac port of Halo?

    What I really want to do is buy a Wiimote(which is Bluetooth) and set it up to work with Halo. B to shoot, A for grenade, D-pad to move, swing to melee, etc.

    2. To connect the Macbook to my 32" LCD HDTV can I use a...
    [​IMG]Mini-DVI to DVI cable [​IMG] into a DVI-HDMI adapter and finally an HDMI cable [​IMG] at the end of that to plug into the TV?

    Or is there a simpler way to get HDMI out from the Macbook?

    3. How well will the Macbook work with HD content? Particularly 720p movies in the .mkv format. How well will these playback in the VLC player?

    4. Any good, recommended laptop sleeves for the 13" Macbook?

    5. Is the guy above me right? Can I buy the refurbished Macbook for $1,099 then the day before a year ends can I buy Apple Care so essentially I'll have 4 years of warranty?
     
  12. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    No offense, but your budget is way too tight. You need to take more things into account (like TAXES;)) and you should be prepared to buy extras on an ad hoc basis (mouse, keyboard, etc) because you might find a need for those things once you settle into using your macbook. If your target machine costs $1300 (without Applecare, but with tax), then you need to have at least $1400 ready, just to be prepared.

    I assume you have a job, so I suggest you find some way to work overtime or do something to shore up your assets, because you never want to buy something and have "just enough."
     
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    1. Slideshow to 15 fps on the GMA 950.

    2. That's the only solution I know.

    3. It's CPU bound.
     
  14. nyprimus4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Halo System Requirements:

    Minimum: Macintosh computer with 800MHz G4/G5 or faster processor, Mac OS X v10.2.8 or higher, 256MB RAM, 32MB AGP Video Card (GeForce 2MX/ATI 7500 or better), 1.4GB hard disk space. Internet or LAN connection required for online play.

    Recommended: 1GHz G4/G5 or faster processor, Mac OS X v10.3, 512MB RAM, 64MB AGP Video Card (GeForce 4ti-ATI 9000 or better).


    I think I could run Halo pretty good. 2.16 ghz Core 2 Duo, 1GB of RAM(I'll probably upgrade eventually to 2GB, and the onboard GMA950 has 64MB of vRAM.
     
  15. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You do realize that all of those graphics cards except the GMA 950 have hardware T&L and shaders, right?

    All that will have to be handled via software emulation on the CPU.

    http://barefeats.com/mbcd8.html
     
  16. nyprimus4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Plan=
    Refurbished MacBook 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - White
    Part Number: FB062LL/A
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
    2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    120GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    1GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x512
    Accessory Kit
    $1,099

    Apple Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter
    $19

    Order DVI to HDMI adapter from monoprice.com.

    When Black Friday arrives buy a big external hard drive to hold movies and also order 2GB of Corsair RAM from newegg.com.

    Get AppleCare next October.
     
  17. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Once more, wait for Leopard and/or hardware updates to the MacBook.
     
  18. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Yeah, updates are likely before Christmas.
     
  19. nyprimus4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright, alright. I'll wait it out. My mom is a teacher at a school in the city so I'll get $100 off the new Macbook anyway.
     
  20. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Don't forget you wouldn't have to buy Leopard and the new lowend model might be a better value then the current midrange one.
     
  21. thies macrumors regular

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    Unless you are a severe masochist don't buy anything having a GMA950 if you want to play games.

    Even the dedicated ATI chip the old iBooks had was better than this turd.

    Just hope for an upgrade including the newer GMA x3100, that one appears to be half decent.

    Otherwise buy a Macbook Pro or a Windows laptop.
     
  22. nyprimus4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just for the hell of it I priced out a desktop PC at newegg.

    I can get a DVD burner, nice case, 320GB Western Digital hard drive, EVGA 8800GTS gpu, OCZ 600w power supply, 4GB of Patriot Extreme RAM, P35 Gigabyte Mobo, and an Intel Core 2 Quad processor for $1,050.

    Decisions, decisions.

    I just was playing around with my cousin's white Macbook though yesterday and it is soo nice. Plus I already have the 360 for games.
     
  23. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  24. nyprimus4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I know. I'm just saying though. ;)

    It's crazy the bang for your buck you can get out of a build it yourself desktop from newegg.com compared to not just Apple laptops but laptops in general. Recently there have been some pretty good sales on Windows based laptops with pretty good performance but Macbooks are so sexy and I'm not playing games on the laptop.
     
  25. nyprimus4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Some questions...

    1. How long is the battery life if the backlight is all the way down and your just browsing on Firefox?

    2. How long is the battery life if the backlight is up a bit and your watching a movie?

    3. On the white Macbook does it fade into yellow after time?
     

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