will i notice a difference


macrumors member
Original poster
Jul 21, 2007
hi all 1st post need your advice

i currently have a PC but have been thinking bout getting a macbook, my main problem is that i never know when to replace computer related items.

mainly i want your opinion the PC i have atm i made and wanna know if I'll honestly notice a difference in speed and general usability

my current spec is

athlon 64 2.21 GHz
1gb ram
geforce 7600 gs

cant think of many other main speed variables

please help I'm off to Cali from the UK next month and was gonna have a look in the San Fran apple store while I'm there

1 other thing i was looking at either the black macbook cos it would match all my other portable gadgets ipod ds lite, or the entry level macbook pro cos its only 250 quid more and appears better then the blackbook


macrumors regular
Jun 11, 2007
let me tell you that i have this exact same components on my PC (well exept the graphic card, mine is ATI Radeon X800GT) and I got myself a SR MBP 2.2ghz
You'll notice the difference. I sometimes have to go on my PC and bow that's a pain!!!!!


macrumors regular
Jul 7, 2007
There's not a huge difference in speed, but you will notice that it is OSX and a laptop!

I thought 2gb of ram was a lot before, but programs are just so much bigger now, for instance, it comes with a trial version of some professional photography software called Aperture, and while importing all my photos in there it ate up all of my ram and used all of the cpu for over an hour. It's not a slow machine, but they make it do so much more work! I found out it was processing a few different sized thumbnails and previews for other applications!

I never tried to do so many things at once on my 1gb windows machine.

Royale w/cheese

macrumors 6502a
Jun 5, 2007
Yes, I have a comparable pc, and even the first generation intel mac minis can give it a run for its money, on most things.