Choosing A MacbookPro For Me (Opinions)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by blackoutz860, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. blackoutz860 macrumors newbie

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    Okay I know there's probably a bunch of posts like this paticular one but I really need your advice. First I'm new to mac and the forums as this is my first post.

    My Uses For The MBP : I'm gonna be using final cut pro x and Adobe master suite applications and just browsing and some music. Now I need to know what MBP will suit me best. Price range is under $1799 & thanks.
     
  2. danpass macrumors 68020

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    1799 is max?

    that would be the 13 i7 and then aftermarket RAM for 8GB. Putting in 8GB of RAM also ups the video ram from 384 to 512

    Perhaps put the leftover into an SSD for additional app speed
     
  3. blackoutz860 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay so what is ssd compared to regular gigabytes?

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  4. danpass macrumors 68020

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    Solid
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    Drive


    no spinning disk but at nearly $2/gb so the big ones are still pricey.

    Personally I would get the i7 w/ 500gb HDD and save up for an SSD next year when the 256gb SSD come down to the current 128gb SSD prices.

    The 8gb of ram is only $50 these days (Corsair ram from newegg)
     
  5. blackoutz860 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay cool. So just get the high end '13 inch and save up for next year? And will it run final cut pro x no problem?
     
  6. danpass macrumors 68020

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    It chokes a little on iMovie with 4gb of RAM but with 8GB it did just fine.

    I haven't used FCPX on it.
     
  7. blackoutz860 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What you mean choke

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  9. disarticulate macrumors regular

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    I'll jump in here. I recently upgraded from a 2009 MBP 13 to a 2011 MBP 15 hi-res anti-glare. The increased screen resolution is worth every penny to me. Although, I really didn't know what I was missing when I had the 13, but after having the hi-res on my new 15 it would be really tough going back to 1280x800.

    Pricing: I bought the MBP 15 base model and added Hi-res Anti-Glare. The total was $1834 after education pricing. Then I sold the $100 App store credit on eBay for $95. After you add tax and subtract the $95 app store credit I spent $1885. I plan on dropping $70 or so on newegg to get back to 8GB of RAM.
     
  10. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

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    Didn't realize you said your price range was under $1799. But this is the one I think you should get. Just erase the 750gb HD, and you should be fine. All you would really need to do is upgrade the ram since you'll be using FCP and Adobe programs... you'll need that extra ram.


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  11. blackoutz860 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have some bad news. My price range went down its now 1399. Sucks I know, I figure I can just get the base model 13 and upgrade the RAM to 8b. You think I should be fine? I just want to get the job done, I'm not really worrying about speed that much this year.
    And also I have a external hard drive so its not like my videos will be staying on the computers memory.
     
  12. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    most would tell you to get the RAM aftermarket, apple overprices RAM as an upgrade
     
  13. Mal macrumors 603

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    I just got the base model MBP (it should arrive tomorrow) and plan to upgrade the hard drive and RAM aftermarket (actually, for the moment I may simply swap the drive that comes in it with my current machine, which is going to be my wife's, and give her the smaller drive that comes in the new one). Even with a 1TB drive and the extra RAM, it should be less than $1399.

    jW
     
  14. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    The fact that your videos are on the computer's hard drive or an external has no bearing whatsoever on the speed of the machine.
     
  15. blackoutz860 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmmmm really? Can you direct me to where else I can get another RAM that's compatible? And doesn't it require two 4gb inside the mbp and when you buy it, it comes with 2 2gbs? So that would mean I would have to buy 2 4gbs?
     
  16. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    To upgrade to 8GB you'll need to buy 2 4gb sticks of 200-pin, ddr3 1333mhz RAM as the MBP comes with 2x2gb.

    newegg.com is a great source for electronics, you'll pay right about 40-60$ for the upgrade versus apple's $300(or is it $400?) price tag for what is the very same thing.
     
  17. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    New egg sells 8 GB of RAMfor <$40.

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    It's 204 pin.
     
  18. Northwestern macrumors regular

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    How is this possible? Can someone explain this for me?

    I was a hour ago in the Apple Store. I was looking at the Macbook Air 1,8 GHz, the Macbook Pro 2,7 GHz + 8 GB Ram and the cheapest Macbook Pro 15". I really can't decide yet. The thing is I want to play some games I can play on my iMac.
     
  19. blackoutz860 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I caught myself after I posted it. But yeah I'm just tryna get the best experience in my price range.
     
  21. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    it's an integrated card that shares RAM, so when there's more it just ups the minimum allocated for the GPU; it's not like it will make a difference unless you're playing some game, while running 2 VMs...
     

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