Can't decide what config to get for MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by KateCao, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. KateCao macrumors newbie

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    Want to get an macbook pro 13 inch for personal use.

    I am a Asp.Net programmer (new job , 4 months now), interested in iOS development as well. Thinking of doing something at my spare time. (So want to run both OS at the same time), never owned MBP, had an old model iMac.(2007 mid). 6Gb Ram is not enough, can't keep both running smoothly.

    So i do desire a fast machine.
    15 inch is too heavy and expensive
    thinking of getting
    13 inch pro with i7

    preferred 16GB Ram , some said it's not necessary, so how do everyoen think as it's not upgradable?

    and really struggle to decide whether to choose 256G or 512G SSD.
    As if i don't need to use that much . it's such a waste. but thinking of have to carry an external hard drive, feel like adding extra pain of using it..

    my old iMac now have 256G harddrive, I had 80G partitioned for Windows now Mac side I have 17G free (I think i also had a chunk of photos etc i can move to cloud services ), windows side has 40G free, but mostly becuase as it's too slow to run it parallel, i couldn't be bother to restart and switch to windows to use.

    any suggestion will be appreciated :)

    thanks
     
  2. Hieveryone macrumors 68020

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    Get a 128GB or 64GB Micro SD card and a 256 SSD in your MBPr.

    Get 16GB RAM.

    Get an i7 processor.

    Your work is done.

    You're welcome.
     
  3. acctman macrumors 6502a

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    Start with your budget and realistic needs. My budget was $2k ... from what I read and my past experience 8gb RAM is enough for my needs. I already have a Mac Mini that does all my code debugging and I needed something portable that can handle PS, Xcode, Dev Apps, multi-task quickly, and hold the large graphic/app screen video files. i went with the configuration of rMBP 13" 2.8ghz 8gb RAM and 512gb SSD.

    Everyone is different with needs some swear by the 15" maxed out, some people actually love the MB Air smaller screens.

    Before purchasing check out BH and Amazon, I was about to save $300 ($1,709.99) by purchasing directly from Amazon and got my rMBP in 2 days with Prime.
     
  4. luvmymbpr macrumors regular

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    I support this post 100%. Best bang for your buck.
     
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Seconded, but without the i7.

    The i7 and the i5 in the 13" are both dual cores. The difference between both of them are almost nonexistent.
     
  6. Hieveryone macrumors 68020

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    This is true. Forgot about that. Agreed.
     
  7. KateCao thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OH. really


    Oh, really, so the performance improvement wouldn't be noticeable? Or in other way, the i5 performance wouldn't be noticably worse. I know very little about it.

    My ideal use is: run OS, parralle windows at the same time and may switch to use applications in each side frequently, may alternatively develop in Visual Studio Or Other IDE (XCODE), Database Server, music is always on (I like listen to online, so not from local music files), mail always on, Chrome 10-20 tabs. Evernote always on.

    Do you think i5 will be able to run the tasks very smoothly
    If that's the case I may can opt for the 2.8 i5 to save some money.:)

    Thanks very much
     
  8. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    1. Don't use Chrome. It's a massive resource hog.

    An i5 will do you fine. But if you run VMs all the time, get a 15" solely for the quad core alone.

    A dual core i7 and i5 perform almost identically, but a quad core i7 is at least double the performance of a dual core i5.
     
  9. KateCao thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you so much. :)
    So is a 2.2 quad Core i7 is much better than 2.8 dual core i5?
    Can I work out by 2.2 * 4 is greater than 2.8*2 ....
    Sorry for my ignorance...

    In this case, with 16G ram and 256 ssd.
    The price diff of the two mentioned above is about 300
    One is bigger screen. One is lighter.

    Hard call..
     
  10. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    2.2*4 is way faster than 2.8*2.

    http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/compare/662379?baseline=1391815

    This is between the 2.2GHz quad core i7-4770HQ in the 15" and the 2.8GHz dual core i7 late-2013 13".
     
  11. KateCao thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. Looks like 15inch is a smarter buy, but portability also counts a lot. I may need to go to store again to feel the weight and size difference before making a decision.

    :)
     
  12. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    The 13" non-retina and the 15" retina are exactly the same weight :)

    That's how light the 15" really is.
     
  13. KateCao thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh. Yes, I meant the 13 ich with Retina display, isn't it 1.5kg and the 15 inch is 2kg ?
     
  14. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    The 13" rMBP is 1.5, while the 15" rMBP is 2.

    I've both of them and still feel that the 15" is pretty light, but then, I've been carrying a 15" non-retina (2.5kg) for almost 3 years daily before I switched to rMBPs.
     
  15. Giev macrumors member

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    I suggest to decide on the form factor and screen size alone rather than weight.

    When you compare the weight alone, 0.5 kg is 25% of the total weight, but you would probably never carry the laptop alone. Normaly, a laptop backback with accesories etc would be around 5Kg (just and example) where this 0.5 becomes just 10%.

    With regards to the processor, the 13 inch i5 (dual-core) is more than capable for what you described and can easily run parallels. I would suggest to save the money on the processor upgrade and spend it on a larger SSD and 16 GB of RAM (or perhaps upgrade to the entry level 15 inch model). VMs will consume alot of space and that SSD storage will serve you much more than the idle CPU which will peak every now and then.

    Also if you code alot on your Macbook, you will really apprecite the bigger screen on the 15 inch (side by side windows, etc) - unless you are planning to use an external monitor

    HTH,
     
  16. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    Sound advice

    I am a good example of this...

    I had a 2012 13" i7/8/512 Air. After I got my 5K iMac, I looked to upgrade the Air to a 13" Pro.

    I originally purchased a new 2014 13" i7 3.0/16/512 from Apple. Due to dead pixels I returned this and decided to instead snap up a i5 2.8/16/1TB that had just appeared on the refurb store.

    The i5 2.8 geekbenches about 150 points less than the i7, about 5%. I've not noticed this at all. I run parallels and fusion a lot and decided the increase in SSD space far outweighed an unnoticeable 5% speed deficit.

    Also, note that the 2014 i5 2.8 actually has higher scores in geekbench than the 2013 i7 2.8

    Edit: Just to add that I run my 13" at scaled 1920x1200 HiDPI all the time and it's still awesome
     
  17. Meister Suspended

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    I wouldn't fiddle with the various upgrades suggested here.
    Get the mid-range 13" or the base 15".
    Those are the best bang for the buck.
     
  18. KateCao thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good point. Yeah, the weight might be okay,but you also need a slightly bigger bad to carry it around. So I guess if portability is priority, then go for 13 inch, if doesn't need to carry around all the time then go for a base 15 inch.
     
  19. KateCao thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone.
    I finally decided to go for 13inch 2.8Ghz i5, 16Gb Ram, 256SSD MBPr.
    I think it will be good enough for my need. and if I ever run out of space I can purchase a micro SD card as suggested. :)
     
  20. TRC-WA macrumors regular

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    What'd you pay for it?
     
  21. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    I'd skip the processor upgrade. The performance difference is about 6% in artificial benchmarks. It's just not worth the price hike.
     
  22. KateCao thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The education price is $2059 for this

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    Oh, really, cuz I can stilll cancel the order and make a new one.
    it cost $110 to upgrad from $2.6 to $2.8, but $220 to upgrade from 2.8 to 3.0
     
  23. TRC-WA macrumors regular

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    For 13inch 2.8Ghz i5, 16Gb Ram, 256SSD MBPr.?

    Weird... I got 2.2 quad core i7 with same ram and SSD plus a 15" display for less... regular $1999... I got it for $1709 after discounts.

    Your price doesn't make a lot of sense... Apple store shows a 13" 2.8 i5 16GB with a 512SSD for $1999...
     
  24. KateCao thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh. ... maybe because I'm in Australia? That is AUD $2059

    And your discount is quite decent!!
     
  25. TRC-WA macrumors regular

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    Which is $1664 USD... makes a little more sense now.
     

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