Choosing a portable powerhorse :]

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  1. jive macrumors 6502a

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    Is it better for me to choose a 13" 2.26Ghz MBP with a 128Gb SSID or a 13" 2.54Ghz with 250Gb "normal" HD?


    I'm going to buy an external screen in the future so screen estate isn't important to me but is it better to have a faster processor and a normal hd or a slower processor and SSID?


    Which ever configuration it's going to have 4Gb of RAM. I use a lot of Photoshop etc but have recently moved slightly into After Effects + other video stuff. HD space isn't really a factor, it's ll about externals for storage imo.


    Thoughts welcome.
     
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    Definitely 2.26, you won't notice the CPU bump. SSD will speed up your system a lot.
     
  3. martynmc7 macrumors regular

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    If speed is your main concern, and not HD storage, definitely the SSD.
     
  4. frozenlead macrumors newbie

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    If you're going to store your data (meaning the files you work on) on an external hard disk anyway, the SSD will be almost useless. Let a standard hard disk do the OS work and get a better CPU to number crunch faster. You're going to be limited by whatever bus you use the external disk on, anyway - since it's a Mac, it'll likely be USB, since Apple hasn't got around to using eSATA.

    If you're going to store your files on the internal hard disk (with the SSD limited to 128GB, I doubt that) then go for it over the CPU bump. If you could get a higher clockspeed on it, though, that'd be much nicer - more around 2.9.
     
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    It depends on your needs, storage or speed. If you don't need a massive amount of storage, and prefer speed, go for the SSD. If your storage requirements are very large, then the larger HDD makes sense. Your call.

    Cheers and good luck
     
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