Which to purchase - 2.0 GHz or 2.2 GHz Macbook?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Lateralus, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. Lateralus macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I'm new here. :) I hope I'm posting this in the right forum.

    I am purchasing a Macbook this week. I am stuck between the 2.0 GHz white and 2.2 GHz white. I was wondering if that extra 200 MHz makes a noticeable difference, especially when it comes to running World of Warcraft and The Sims 2. Would I really be able to tell?

    I think the SuperDrive in the mid-line Macbook model is an attractive feature, but it's not absolutely necessary for me. Also, if I bought the baseline 2.0 GHz Macbook, I would upgrade to a 120GB HD because 80 GB is ridiculously small for what I do on my computer. I also plan on upgrading the RAM to 2 GB in the near future.

    Thank you for any responses.
     
  2. WillMak macrumors 6502a

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    macworld is just around the corner....wait....
     
  3. lasuther macrumors 6502a

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    Since you are getting the hard drive upgraded, the extra $125 is well worth spending to get the faster processor and Superdrive.

    I don't think the base 2.0GHz MacBook is a good value. Definitely get the 2.2GHz.
     
  4. Tom B. macrumors 65816

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    I would say wait till Mac World, or get a refurb 2.16GHz or maybe even a 2.2GHz.
     
  5. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816

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    The 2.2 also comes with SR, with allows for 4GB of ram (possible 8GB when 4GB sticks are available), the x3100 graphics card, as well as a faster 800mhz FSB (though it's bottlenecked by 667mhz ram at the moment).
     
  6. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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  7. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    It used to be that a DVD writer was important for backups, but times have changed. If you can handle a screwdriver (or know someone who can), you could go for this combination: The cheapest MacBook, the 250 GB Western Digital 2.5" hard disk, a 2.5" USB hard disk case, and 2GB RAM. The hard disk, case and RAM will be just above $200, but after swapping the hard drive, you have a massive internal disk, a nice external drive for Time Machine, and lots of RAM. For the MacBook, hard disk and RAM are really easy to upgrade.
     
  8. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816

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    Lol. Sorry, for some reason I thought the OP was talking about a refurb 2.0; no idea where I got that from. Whoops! :eek:
     
  9. anotherarunan macrumors 6502

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    Get the 2.2 - in case you ever need to sell it, in two/three years time - a laptop without a dvd burner will be stupid and would hit resale value hard (even more than it is now)
     

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