cMBP-15in w/ High-Res Anti-Glare-2.3 512 or 2.6 1gb?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ovation802, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. ovation802 macrumors member

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    Hello All-
    I had previously posted this in the macbook pro area, but realized my follow up question may be more appropriate here...

    I am upgrading from a white macbook (2009) and and i know anything will be a huge improvement. I have it narrowed down to the 15in cMBP with high-res anti glare, but I am waffling between the 2.3ghz and 2.6ghz processor. I will use mostly for work (Word/Excel), and photo editing in iPhoto and maybe Aperture. Also movie editing on iMovie. I would like to stream ripped movies to my ATV (I have an apple extreme). Also maybe some light gaming (Simcity 5, steam games) I have explored the forums and googled my face off, but specifically if i am not using Final Cut or Photoshop- will i notice any difference with a 2.6ghz processor? More precisely - will I notice improvements with the 1GB vram over the 512?
    I can use the education store (staff, not student), so this upgrade is only $120. After reading other forums where in the past an upgrade of these specs was up to $400 dollars- is this a no brainer? Go for the 2.6ghz with 1gig and feel good about it?

    Thanks for any advice/insight - much appreciated!
     
  2. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    Considering what you will be doing on the cMBP I would say - no

    Consider the upgrade costs only $120 I would say - YES (if you can afford it)
     
  3. ovation802 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks- i guess i will go for it. I like to keep my computers for 4-5 years so i guess it will be worth it.
     
  4. Kevzaz macrumors newbie

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    I say go for it. I'm thinking of going this route as well. Why did you choose this over the retina macbook pro?
     
  5. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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    Yep. Do it. Not a big price jump to remove the "I wonder if..." moments later on.
     
  6. thekev macrumors 604

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    I'll point out what I've mentioned before. Some applications contain features that can utilize OpenCL or CUDA. In those cases for those specific things, vram can be a spec requirement where under a certain amount, the gpu cannot be used to run such a function. 2.3 and 2.6 ghz is a minor difference here in long term value. The two are likely to be indistinguishable unless you're timing renders or time to execute a cpu bound filter on an image of relatively high resolution.
     
  7. ovation802, Mar 18, 2013
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    ovation802 thread starter macrumors member

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    I couldn't really justify the price for the retina. Also, I like the option to upgrade hard drive and ram since I do keep my computers rather than sell/upgrade every year or two. The retina is nice, but the regular display looks great. I figure the high def is worth 100 and I can upgrade in a few years to a better hard drive. I guess also I am a little old fashion (at 33) and I want a dvd/cd drive and more connection options.

    What is making you want to go that route?
     

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