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MacBook - Which one's right for me?

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hello guys, I'm buying my first MB so bear with me please .

I'm definitly going to get a apple notebook, just don't know which one (new MB OR new MBP). I'm a bit of a noob. I know what, just not how. I'll try to make this short on what I think/have gathered so far and please help me add and fill in the holes.

Reasons to get MB.

I'm getting a high end 30-40" LCD TV and I want to hook it up to my notebook via direct or docking station and use the tv as my monitor THEREFORE....

- I don't really need the 15" that of MBP?
-the smaller 13"MB would be more portable and lighter.
-the TV would be better graphics right so it knocks out one of MBP's advantages?
-cheaper price and I can upgrade the RAM/memory instead

Reasons to get MBP

-Better graphics, Better video card
-Has firewire 800 (I'm not sure if I need this ....what again does it do?)
- More Ghz, more Ram/memory, just general 'umph'

* however more expenisive, and may be pointlessly heavier and bigger

MUSIC: music production, music encoding, logic studio 8, recording, editing, files, songs, anything and everything with music.

College: self explainitory. I can roll with XP so I should be fine if I need Microsoft word or etc.

Gaming: I got an xbox 360, so other than starcraft 2 (and maybe the next sims) coming up, not a big computer gamer.

Video Editing? Umm, this is a possibility in the future. Hah if I can somehow crazily pull off a music video. Maybe if I play a show, I can tape myself, maybe compile a montage, but I'm not going to make a movie.

LASTLY Now I know I'm missing something. Maybe some extra features and specifictions that I should have taken notice? Anything you guys can add or suggest will be MUCH appreciated. It seems I am leaning towards the MB with what I gathered but I am not commited just yet. Hah even if one of you guys wants to throw a excellent LCD TV out there, go ahead. Again Thank you very much.

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The new Macbook has a sufficient integrated video card to get through your "basic" needs, such as 'light' gaming, music editing, internet browsing, word, etc.

If you plan on using your LCD TV for gaming, I suggest you get the MBP. The dedicated graphics card will do you good when playing games at a higher resolution.

Then again, you don't seem to do alot of movie editing, photo editing, graphics, or anything else that should struggle the integrated graphics.....

Its your choice, but if I had the money, I would go for the PRO. Even that little "umph" is worth the extra .5 lbs and +2" screen.

Good Luck
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Also, upgrading the MB's RAM and memory could be a possibile I can consider. Thanks again for your help!

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sorry nevermind, double post
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If you're going to do serious music production, I'm sure you'll want to use an external audio interface, and many of those will work best with a Firewire 800 connection. (USB 2.0 is another common connection option, but from what I understand the Firewire interface, if available, will experience less latency.) If you already have an external audio device, the type of connections it supports should be factored into your decision.
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Do you have the money for a MacBook Pro?
They are significantly better than MacBooks for the type of work you are affiliated with.
Let's put it this way:
They use MacBook Pros for mixing Eric Clapton's audio.
How do I know this? I walked up to them and asked when I was at his concert.

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I don't find your "I'm a cheetah." joke funny.
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wow, MBP must be the real deal.
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