Best value for Dollar...for me.. 2.4, 2.5, 2.66?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SteveSparks, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. SteveSparks macrumors 6502a

    SteveSparks

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    Location:
    St. Louis, MO.
    #1
    I do mostly photo editing, video editing for 20-30 minute education videos. I also edit recordings for podcasting and educational material.

    Additionally I plan on doing some iPhone and iPad development.

    The more heavy use would be running a couple of VMWARE Fusion systems.

    Windows 7 for accounting and database tools that I need when doing my IT management gig.

    Server 2008 R2 when I need to test out an application. When running R2 I would likely be accessing the system from a second computer as a client.

    These would not run when I am doing the other itemrs and would be only for a couple of hours at a time to test.

    Base Price Display Matte 500GB HDD 5400 RPM Total
    1799 150 100 2049
    1999 150 0 2149 (+100)
    2199 150 0 2349 (+300)

    Does the 2.4 verse the 2.5 for $100 more make a big difference? I've read the advantage of the i7 verse i5 is pretty minimum and that the extra $300 might not be really worth it.

    I plan on having this system for 3 years.

    Any advantage to going with:

    Base Price Display Matte 500GB HDD 7200 RPM Total
    1799 150 150 2099
    1999 150 50 2199
    2199 150 50 2399


    Hmm

    2.4 - 5400 1799 150 100 2049
    2.4 - 7200 1799 150 150 2099
    2.5 - 5400 1999 150 0 2149
    2.5 - 7200 1999 150 50 2199
    2.6 - 5400 2199 150 0 2349
    2.6 - 7200 2199 150 50 2399




    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. apw100 macrumors regular

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    Location:
    Jacksonville, FL
    #2
    Anything should be fine for you, depending on the type of video you are editing. I would get the 2.4ghz i5-520 w/7200 RPM HD, HD matte screen, and a good external Firewire hard drive(you don't want to put your photos and video on the boot drive).
    For the external hard drive I would recommend the 7200rpm version of this...
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/on-the-go
     
  3. SteveSparks thread starter macrumors 6502a

    SteveSparks

    Joined:
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    Location:
    St. Louis, MO.
    #3
    That is what I am leaning towards. The 2.5 I don't think it is a big deal and my wife would appreciate spending $100 less...

    Thanks
     

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