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I'm darn close to ordering a MacBook tonight online and I'm trying to determine what model to get. I don't want to spend money on a Pro since I'll never game on it at all, so that option is out. MBA is nice but just too much for too little. So I'm looking at the regular Macbooks on amazon.
  • Apple MacBook MB402LL/A 13.3" Laptop (2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB Hard Drive) White - $1100
  • Apple MacBook MB403LL/A 13.3" Laptop (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive) White - $1293

I've got it pretty much narrowed down to these two guys. I'm not at all familiar with Leopard, so I have a few questions:

Does that OS recognize more than 2GB of RAM? Or is a 64 bit version required like Windows? In leopard would 2.4 GHz be much more noticeable than 2.1?

Basically I'm thinking of getting the least expensive model and then a cheap RAM kit. Any suggestions would be nice.
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IMO, on a laptop, the processor speed isn't going to be that noticeable. I'd do what you are planning and just get the cheaper notebook and then go for ram. On a machine that you won't be gaming on, I doubt you will see a difference in clock speeds, because most things just don't need that much power to run. Also, since they offer a laptop with 2 GB of ram, I don't think you'll need to worry if it's supported. I don't even think they make an x64 version of the Apple OS.
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IMO, on a laptop, the processor speed isn't going to be that noticeable. I'd do what you are planning and just get the cheaper notebook and then go for ram. On a machine that you won't be gaming on, I doubt you will see a difference in clock speeds, because most things just don't need that much power to run. Also, since they offer a laptop with 2 GB of ram, I don't think you'll need to worry if it's supported. I don't even think they make an x64 version of the Apple OS.

Thats what I was thinking too. I just dont know if it's worth springing for a 4GB kit if the OS won't recognize it.
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IMO: dont buy a macbook, I am using one right now and the build quality is horrible. but if you refuse my opinion and do still want one, get it direct from apple because right now they are throwing a free iPod Touch if you are going to use it for school.
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As far as my experience goes, and this is solely with windows (vista), 32-bit should be fine for up to 4 gigs of ram, and 64-bit for over that...though this is for vista, and I'm not sure how it applies to leopard.
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Leapord is 64bit right off the bat.

Buy it at Best Buy and get thier accidental warranty for a year. $99 bucks.
By that time something newer/faster will be out for the same price. Have an "accident" and viola.
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As far as my experience goes, and this is solely with windows (vista), 32-bit should be fine for up to 4 gigs of ram, and 64-bit for over that...though this is for vista, and I'm not sure how it applies to leopard.
32 bit won't read all 4 gigs. It'll come out to 3.5gigs or so.
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IMO: dont buy a macbook, I am using one right now and the build quality is horrible. but if you refuse my opinion and do still want one, get it direct from apple because right now they are throwing a free iPod Touch if you are going to use it for school.
I refuse yours since every other OCN member that has a mac loves it. Go figure.


Anyways, buy 1gb of RAM and then order 4gb's from Newegg to save a lot of money. The new MacBooks recognize up to 4gb's.
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Dammit marin beat me to it.
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Don't get the cheaper one, it only comes with a combo drive. Also, Leopard is 64 bit so you won't have to worry about the memory issue.
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