Hard choice regarding Ghz.

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  1. Abcmsaj

    Abcmsaj Retired Moderator

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    I'm short on money.

    From what I've heard, the MBP is from "pros" - I probably won't be one of them.

    What my main problem is, is the Ghz of each.

    I'm going to have 4GB of RAM and 320GB HDD regardless, but the problem lies in the Ghz.

    I could get:
    The 2.4Ghz MB?
    The 2.53Ghz MBP?
    The 2.8Ghz MBP?

    What is the real difference in the speeds, particularly 2.4-2.53... It could be the difference between a £1000 laptop and a £1500 one.


    I'd also like to bring up whether it would be worth having a MBP just for the 9600 MT gfx card.


    Mostly used for:

    Photoshopping.
    Internet Surfing.
    Coding.
    School Work.
    Maybe watching DVDs.
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    What will you be using it for mostly?
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    Abcmsaj Retired Moderator

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    Thank you.
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    2.4 should do you just fine
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    Meikura Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think you'd need a pro for that as I used to do all that (and more) on my old iBook

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    There's hardly any performance difference between 2.4 and 2.53 GHz.
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    SkylarEC Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    It has been my experience that an increase in gigahertz of only ~400 is almost unnoticeable to the average user. Unless you absolutely need the mac daddy processor, don't fret too much about maxing it out.
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    the clock speed is nearly irrelevant. if you want to spend more money for performance, it is much better spent on extra RAM (but don't buy it from apple, because they rip you off).
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    SkylarEC Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    I have to agree. I've noticed MUCH improved speed by upgrading the RAM in any system than I ever had by upgrading the processor. I actually stopped caring about processor upgrades altogether a long time ago.
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    Abcmsaj Retired Moderator

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    Ok. Thanks to all four of you. - But I'm also worried about buying RAM from somewhere else and having trouble installing it (never had a mac before... no idea how to)

    And I don't think I'll be playing games on it unless they're Bejeweled 2 so the 9600 MT doesn't really matter?
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    Meikura Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Haha, I doubt you'd need a 9600M GT to play bejewelled

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    EDIT: Unless it's Cryjewelled, and you have to solve the cubes on a beautiful photorealistic island. Each jewel has 8x anti-aliasing, full HDR and parallax bump-mapping and you're shooting koreans while solving the puzzles.

    Not wanting to hijack the thread, but I have 2GB in my MacBook Pro. Would 3/4 GB really make that much difference?

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