Mac for a Graduate?

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    unorthadox New Member

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    Just got a couple general questions for you guys who currently have Macs.

    I just recently graduated from Univ and am going to get a new computer after dealing with a Dell for 4 years (don't ask).

    What would you say the big difference between MB and MBP are? Is the price difference really that worth it?

    I'm looking for a "desktop alternative" type of laptop, one in which I can use in any room of my future house but at the same time have it be powerful enough to be a home computer.

    As well, in terms of customization, what are some of the items you have gone after or passed on. I looked at the 4gb vs 2gb and that seemed like a much needed improvement but wasn't completely sure about it.

    Any tips or hints from current MB or MBP users would be helpful. Thank you!
     
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    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    memory is always better to do aftermarket (read: don't order from apple), but I bumped my pro up to 4GB right after I got it, and it's :bowdown:

    pro's have a graphics card, so if you want to use it for video/photo editing or games they're better.

    if not, a regular macbook is probably fine.
     
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    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    although I'm not sure for HD video watching which is better.

    my old powerbook can't handle 720p and I don't know if that's due to the graphics card or the memory or the processor.

    obviously current macbooks are going to be better than it was, but I never bothered to compare the performance of the current MB when I got a new MBP.
     
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    Thanks ink et al
     
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    Ok now that I plan on getting a mac I need to figure out which one to get.

    I am thinking MBP is the way to go, mainly because I won't be running with an external monitor (13inches is tooooo small in the MB)

    In terms of price points for the 3 models of MBP, I am looking at the first one and second one. However, is the difference of 2.4 ghz and NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB versus a 2.5ghz and NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB worthy of the steep price change?

    I will be using it to watch movies on, listen to lots of music on, do a bit of photo editing and a bit of video editing (just a hobby), and play games on - so will I need that extra stuff (2nd option) or can I get away with the basics (1st option)?

    I'm not the most tech saavy person in the world..
     
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    Sounds like you've got it narrowed down, but are also considering price in your decision. A good way to get a great Apple product and save some $$$ is to consider a refurbished Mac. You sound like you're not in the US (English perhaps) so I don't know what the refurbished selection or savings is like there. But, in general, considering a refurb is a good option.

    Good luck!!!
     
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    before the new models I was looking at the high end mbp that had the 256 graphics card, then when the refresh came, it made the choice easy. :wiggle:

    256 handles everything I've done fine.
     

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