15" 2011 MacBook Pro Decision Dilemma

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  1. Prodo123, Feb 24, 2011
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    Prodo123

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    OK, I own a 12" laptop right now and it feels downright puny. I want a desktop replacement that I can lug around everywhere, and I settled on a 15" MacBook Pro. With the Sandy Bridge update today, there's only 2 options for me: the lower end and the higher end. I also know that a 0.2 Ghz boost isn't worth $400 of extra cash, but the 1GB AMD graphics might be. Nontheless, I still want the high-res glossy screen.

    LOW END
    2.0 Ghz SB Quad Core
    AMD Radeon 6490M w/ 256MB GDDR5
    500GB 5,400RPM HDD
    4GB RAM
    Intel HD graphics
    Hi-res Glossy screen
    TOTAL: $1,900

    HIGH END
    2.2 Ghz SB Quad Core
    AMD Radeon 6750M w/ 1GB GDDR5
    750GB 5,400RPM HDD
    4GB RAM
    Intel HD graphics
    Hi-res Glossy screen
    TOTAL: $2,300

    So, my dilemma is, should I get the low-end or high-end 15" MacBook Pro? Also, should I get an aftermarket 8GB RAM kit?

    I also have a Momentus XT that can be put into the MacBook Pro. I would want to stay away from SSD's, because the Momentus XT is pretty good already, and I don't want to dump money on it.

    EDIT: What I'll use it for.
    Word processing
    Some Photoshop
    Heavy media (many 1080p movies, 20GB iTunes music library)
    Games
    Music edit?
    iMovie
    Some video encoding
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I'm not sure what you want to do with it, so I can't really make a recommendation
     
  3. gox81, Feb 24, 2011
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    what kind of programs do you intend to run?

    base model would do just fine, unless you gonna go balls out gaming.
     
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  6. Yinmay macrumors regular

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    Games, what games?
    If you intend to play games that will come out in the next 3 years, high end without a doubt. That 1GB will make a huge difference.

    I've made up my mind for the high-end. My only dilemma is whether 128GB SSD is enough for my needs or whether I should take the base HDD and replace it with an after market 256GB SSD.
     
  7. Prodo123 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Some light gaming, maybe Portal 2? Not much.
     
  8. deeesea macrumors 6502

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    Go low end. Save the money and build yourself a wicked fast Desktop.

    ~750 bucks can get you a decent gaming desktop. It won't run crysis 2 on max settings or anything but it'll be upgradeable blow what the macbook pro can do out of the water.
     
  9. Prodo123 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Like I said, I want a desktop replacement, not a gaming desktop.
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Then get the high end machine.
     
  11. ozred macrumors 6502

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    Unless you _absolutely_ have to have one now, do NOT buy.

    Rumor has it that 2012 will bring a completely revamped MacBook Pro. We are overdue anyway, the Unibody design is old. The thermal management has never been good, so if you can wait do it.

    If not, the new ones are not bad, just not that great, and very overpriced in the opinion of a long time Mac Laptop user / enthusiast.
     
  12. Prodo123 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Lol rumor also has it that the world is ending in 2012. :p but I might consider it
     
  13. jimmyhii macrumors member

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    HAHA!! nice one :D best comeback against 2012 rumors i've heard!
     

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