In need of some help deciding on an upgrade.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JMC231, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I'm new to this site and would really appreciate some help. I currently have a mid 2009 macbook pro and would like to upgrade to something current. My normal use includes word processing, lphoto, imovie, basic illustrator, occasional gaming (warcraft, civilization and such-not a priority). I would like to also explore more advanced video editing and graphic design. So my issue is which laptop to invest in. I figure 3-5 years is a reasonable life expectancy given Apple's track record. Ideally I would hook this up to an external monitor. I'm figuring on a budget between $2,000 to $2,500. I ruled out the imac because I do need the occasional portability. I've been reading so much I'm getting snowblind:D MBA, MBP rMBP...so many choices lol.

    Any help in making a decision would be a big help.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    What are the specs of your current MBP? Are they sufficient?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    I have a 2.8GHz core 2 doe with 8GB ram and running 10.6.8. is it still viable. My only small issue is no airplay.
     
  4. macrumors 68040

    Giuly

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    Why don't you install 10.8 Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store, then?
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So 10.8 will keep this a viable machine for awhile?
     
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    Giuly

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    At least it will give you AirPlay, which is what you wanted, no?

    A RAM upgrade and an SSD might be worth the ~$200, too.
     
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    phoenixsan

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    My concern with your computer....

    will be that some next OS upgrade let it in the cold, if that is a 2008 machine. For the uses you mention, can be a viable machine maybe for 3 more years. But again, not so sure how many biig cats coming can support down the line (Mac OS X upgrades). If supports 10.9 (when coming) maybe you have that 3 years as a safe shot


    :):apple:
     
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought it was maxed at 8GB can I do 16? I thought I heard that mid 2009 and/ or 2010 can't use airplay or was I misinformed.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought it was maxed at 8GB can I do 16? I thought I heard that mid 2009 and/ or 2010 can't use airplay or was I misinformed.
     
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    Giuly

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    Have you tried AirParrot?

    But by all means, go for the rMBP.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    wow

    Thanks!
     

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