Yet another MacBook question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by zolaman, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. zolaman macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2006
    I've been lurking here for a while without ever posting and have learned quite a bit but I figured that it's time I ask a question or two.

    So I am definitely purchasing a MacBook in the next week or so and have no intentions of waiting so please don't advise me to just 'wait until Rev B'. ^_^

    Anyway, my question is, how much difference does the 100 mb 7200 rpm HD make in actual performance over the 100 mb 5400 rpm HD? Because I've set a pre-tax upper limit of $2200 (+/- $20), this means I can either get the 1.83 GHz model with 1 gig of ram and the 5400 rpm drive... Or the 1.67 GHz model with 1 gig of ram and the 7200 rpm drive (with student discount of course).

    Basically, what would be the expected actual performance difference between a system with a slightly faster processor but slower HD and a system with a slightly slower processor but faster HD?

    Being a grad student in mathematics, I hardly use any video and photo editing software at a full-time professional scale. But I do quite a bit of mpeg-4 and h264 encoding as somewhat of a hobby and enjoy a few old PC games (i.e. Starcraft).

    That said, and penny-pinching not being an issue (between the two options mentioned above), which option would give me the better performance?

    Many thanx in advance!!
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Considering your usage, I think you'd benefit most from the faster CPU, the 1.83GHz machine. :)
  3. NewbieNerd macrumors 6502a


    Sep 22, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    You mean you have time on the computer for something other than LaTeX? :p
  4. sw1tcher macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    If they're both the same $, I'd go with the faster machine.

    I think the extra proc speed would be more helpful than a faster HDD, especially if you have to run programs under Rosetta.
  5. Dr_Maybe macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2003
    South America
    The faster harddisk should make loading of native intel apps faster. Games will be faster with the faster CPU.

    I would probably go for the faster CPU, since it is easier to upgrade the harddisk than the CPU later.
  6. zolaman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2006
    Thank you for all the responses.

    Faster processor it is! Here's to hoping that they're not already 'sold out'.
  7. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    that was dirty.

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