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Ask Max: 2.4GHz or 2.0GHz MacBook - Which is a better value?

Asked on 03/03/2009:


I'm getting my first Mac for college work. I'm planning on going into graphic design, and my parents have offered $1600 towards the cost. If I get the new Mac with 2.4GHz, my final cost comes to just over $1900; but if I go with the 2.0GHz its just over $1700. That�s a fairly big difference. My question is, is there a noticeable difference between the two processor speeds? And will it have a big impact on my computing? As I said, I'm going into graphic design, and I plan to do some gaming. Which should I go with?










The processor speeds are not going to impact your graphics performance like the MacBook�s integrated GeForce 9400M video chipset will. This is a substantial improvement over the previous generation MacBook�s video capabilities but may fall short of the 3D rendering power most games demand. If you are at all interested in the previous generation of MacBook Pro, then you should look at this 2.4GHz MacBook Pro for $1,599.

This may not have the sexy and rugged design of the new Unibody Mac laptops, but this is at its heart the power you need for gaming and graphic design. If though, you are after the latest and greatest then the 2.4GHz Unibody MacBook is in your budget.

Use your money to buy the best processor-equipped laptop now, and upgrade the hard drive and RAM later. You can always upgrade those things later but it is almost impossible to upgrade a processor in a MacBook after you get it home.

Hope that helps,




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