15" baseline v 13" for gaming/after effects

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ry., Dec 12, 2012.

  1. Ry. macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2011
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    Hi there, considering the base cMBP 15" for some 3D modelling, after effects, pro tools and maybe some gaming (bf3, skyrim..)

    Im on a tight budget, so i maybe have to buy the 15" on finance if I chose that one.

    Would the 13" be able to handle these tasks? I have the money to purchase it outright (its £850 with student discount) so it would be a lot lighter on my bank balance. I know programs like AE and maya are demanding so I thought id ask before I went ahead with anything.

    Thanks :)
  2. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Depends on your workload. For light to moderate, 13" should do. If anything serious then go 15". You could also look into refurbished 15" or even 13" too.
  3. Ry. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2011
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    Refurbs cost just a tad more than a new one with student discount. I was thinking of gettin the base 13", keeping it until haswell, sell it and put the cash towards a 15" when ive saved up a bit more.

    It the HD4000 enough to handle light gaming on modest settings?
  4. Maven1975, Dec 12, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2012

    Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    Skyrim yes, BF3 .. Nope. 720p gaming on low settings.
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    The 15" if you plan on doing any gaming at all, why anyone would buy a laptop with integrated graphics for gaming is beyond me. I doubt the 4000HD can run either of the games you mentionned without all details and resolution set all the way down.
  6. Ry. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2011
    Is the 13" powerful enough for after effects, maya and pro tools? I have an xbox for gaming so its not a deal breaker if it cant handle games.

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