$2000 to spend..

n4ck

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I have $2000 to spend on a computer and accessories, and I need help on what specs to get for my Macbook Pro. I will be using the computer for schoolwork like Microsoft Word, but will also be doing photo editing in Photoshop. I'm not really sure what specs I will need. Thanks.
 

alust2013

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I'd either go for the base 13" or base 15", just depends on what your preference is. Depending on how heavy your photoshop is, save about $250 and get 8GB RAM aftermarket if you need it. Otherwise, you may want to get an external monitor (if you have the room and want one), a mouse/keyboard, a faster hard drive, etc.
 

TZRaceR6

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I have $2000 to spend on a computer and accessories, and I need help on what specs to get for my Macbook Pro. I will be using the computer for schoolwork like Microsoft Word, but will also be doing photo editing in Photoshop. I'm not really sure what specs I will need. Thanks.
MacBook would probably suit you for under $1000, but if you want to look at your future and want something that is likely to still be relevant even 4 years from now, then get yourself a 15" i5 MacBook Pro. Any of the variants of the 15" will do you fine, just depends on how much you want to spend.

Look at all the reviews done out there and decide for yourself what would match your needs.
 

n4ck

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I'd either go for the base 13" or base 15", just depends on what your preference is. Depending on how heavy your photoshop is, save about $250 and get 8GB RAM aftermarket if you need it. Otherwise, you may want to get an external monitor (if you have the room and want one), a mouse/keyboard, a faster hard drive, etc.
Yeah i already have an external monitor so that is not a problem. I was going to get the 13" as well. It would be best if someone could pick out the specs from the apple website where you configure the options. Also, the photoshop work I will be doing is not too complex.
 

alust2013

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I'd just grab the base model and leave it stock. Doesn't sound like you need any upgrades from apple. If you want a bigger/faster hard drive, I would highly suggest getting one from newegg or OWC, as it is cheaper than apple charges, you get the stock drive as a backup, and you can pick what brand and model you want. If you need more space for backup, then I'd get a 500GB (or larger) external hard drive for backups and misc. storage.
 

n4ck

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Thanks for the replies. Well, this laptop is being funded by my grandparents who encourage me to spend as close to $2000 as possible, which is why I want to upgrade. I also already have a 250gb external hard drive.
 

iPhysicist

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Get the 13" base model and upgrade with an aftermarket OCZ Vertex2 E 160GB or bigger...

You can also upgrade the Ram to 8GB... You will easily exceed 2K ;)
 

Patdt13

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Why not
Base 13' Model
upgrade to an SSD, maybe upgrade to 8 gb of ram.
Maybe get some software to.
 

TopHatPlus

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Why not
Base 13' Model
upgrade to an SSD, maybe upgrade to 8 gb of ram.
Maybe get some software to.

ssd= $$$$$$ he can get the 500 gb 7200 rpm for like $150 vs the $1200 512 gb ssd it really is not worht it at this point once the price drops then maybe

and with his stated uses and some the 4 gb will be plenty just because you have $2000 to spend does not mean it must all be spent

the base macbook pro is $1150 plus applicable taxes in canadian

plus a magic mouse because they are amazing!!! so add $69.99 cnd

for a total of $1220 + taxes cnd
that allows him some extra gas money or something =D
 

n4ck

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Thanks everyone. Yeah I'm pretty sure I'm going to order the 13" and then upgrade the hard drive. Seeing as how the stock comes with 4gb ram, to upgrade to 8gb do I just buy an additional 4gb, or do I buy 8gb? As far as the $2000 goes, any money under that I don't spend I do not get to keep:(. I am encouraged to spend all $2000.
 

diamond3

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Base 13" mbp, ipod touch and printer - $1500
upgrade the HD on your own to 1TB if you store movies and music.$130 @ Newegg
A nice backpack, I'm currently looking at a NorthFace one ~$100 I like it because it doesn't look like a laptop bag.
Magic mouse ~$70-
A nice set of computer speakers $100-150
A laptop sleeve: incase, booq or something similar ~30
External HD to back up your files $100 or just get an enclosure for your original hard drive in the laptop

Should be close to $2000, then just save the rebate money you get back
 

oplix

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Thanks everyone. Yeah I'm pretty sure I'm going to order the 13" and then upgrade the hard drive. Seeing as how the stock comes with 4gb ram, to upgrade to 8gb do I just buy an additional 4gb, or do I buy 8gb? As far as the $2000 goes, any money under that I don't spend I do not get to keep:(. I am encouraged to spend all $2000.
You won't need more than 4gb on a 13". Use the extra money to get a nice SSD drive. :D
 

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