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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Which would you guys purchase?

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Hey guys I am debating between 2 possible 13" mbp

The first one being a 2.26 ghz, 2Gb memory, 160 gb hdd, and nvidia geforce 9400m for $899
I would upgrade the memory to 4Gb and upgrade the hdd to a 500 gb wd scorpio blue

The second option would be a 2.4 ghz, 4Gb memory, 250 gb hdd, and nvidia geforce 320m for $1099

Which one would you guys get?

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I have to say that I have the former and am delighted with it. Far better than anything windows based that I've used save for perhaps the closest contender: Lenovo. I upgraded the RAM to 4 from 2 though I have to say that I havn't noticed any particular difference but then again I just use the MPB for "normal" office stuff and browsing..

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If it were me, I'd buy the new one for $1099.

More RAM, faster CPU, newer gen video chipset.

Think about it - if you go and upgrade to 4 gig (AFAIK, the systems by default come w/ 2x 1gig chips) that will add ~$100 by itself for 2x2gig DDR3 SODIMMs which now makes that $899 cost increased to $999. The CPU isn't hugely faster, but the newer machines CPU is a bit faster, and as I mentioned a much better GPU (see: Notebookcheck: NVIDIA GeForce 320M and compare it to the 9400m).

If it were me, a $100 difference (comparing once you add the RAM to the older model), is not a big enough difference to warrant purchasing a previous gen model - also considering you'll get more back for the 250g HD when you go to sell it then you would for the 160gig.

I upgraded my 320m based 13" MBP with a 640gig HD and honestly, I really love the system and I've played several games on it in bootcamp and yes, it's not a system with dedicated video ram, but it still works quite nice for casual playing (and even some killing in COD MW2)

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Option 2 because more RAM, more storage, and a better GPU than the previous model. Not to mention it's only a price difference of 200 dollars more.

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