Coming to the darkside

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lampielex, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. lampielex macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2011
    Hi all.

    I have been a windows user for about 6 years and 4 years profesonaily, now i am looking to make the change to MAC.

    I am looking on gumtree for a good deal, is this a good place ? anyone had any good/bad experiences ?

    Im looking for a macbook pro than can run After effects/C4D as i will be designing content. I am 99% going to get the following

    Macbook pro.
    2.4ghz Quadcore i7
    8gb Ram (Upgrade to 16gb when i can? )
    750gb 7200rpm
    15" HR Antiglare WS Display

    would this be ok for what i want ?
    I wont be doing any super advance rendering or anything like this yet, and if i do then i would build a tower for this.

    My current set up (As my desktop fried) is laughable but wouldnt mind a comparason.

    Celeron 2.6ghz duial core
    4gb (I think its stupidly low htz)
    GeForce 9700M GT 512MB VRAM

    How much better is the macbook to this ?, sounds like a stupid question but i am new to mac and would like to know what im spending my money on

    In the future i want to get an ipad1 to use as an exturnal controller for my live software (Could be module 8) as i am starting a live visuial/lighting company.

    I have also convinced my GF to get a macbook pro, 2010 just for getting used to video editing on, the one im looking to get her is a 2.66duial core, is this enough ?

    I will help people on the forum once i learn things.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. nippyjun macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2007
    Hi Alex.

    The MacBook pro you have specked out will be great for your needs. If you have extra cash to spend a solid state hard drive would be a nice upgrade.

    For your girlfriend I would suggest a quad core MacBook pro as well as video rendering will be a lot faster compared to a dual core.
  3. SayMilesAway macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2011
  4. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    BTW, the "Dark Side" was your former side.

    Welcome to the "Right Side" :D
  5. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    Bright side mate, bright side
  6. lampielex thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2011
    cheers mate, I am buying it second hand but might upgrade when i can and when i learn what i can about hardware. Im currently touring with one and love it ! just so much easyer than windows.

    Cheers for the help !

    What about the 2.3 ghz with 8gb ram ? is there much difrence between the models ?

    Thanks people !
  7. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    2.3 was the old highest level option, now it's 2.5 GHz. When you think about the fact that they are quad core w/ hyperthreading (8 virtual cores), 0.1 GHz doesn't make much of a difference. They'll be able to handle just about everything you throw at them either way.
  8. lampielex thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2011
    so to save money go for the lower one ? even know it has a lower spec GPU ? :s

    I can get the 2.3ghz for 1300 and the 2.5ghz for 1450

    Is it worth the extra 150 quid as they hold there value so in a year or so i can sell it if i dont get along with it ,
  9. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    that's your decision to make. I wouldn't do it, but then again I don't care bout resale values because I use my computers until they die.

    EDIT: Also IIRC the 2.3 has 8 MB L3 cache and the 2.4 only has 6 MB.
  10. Philthy84 macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    I just got my first MacBook Pro but I wouldn't call it coming to the darkside, to me it's more like finally seeing the light!
  11. Ant.honey macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    New York City
    I think the 8mb cache is pretty significant personally. If the OP is looking at the high end already, might as well get the highest high. To me, coming from a 2.3 early 2011 to a late 2.5 2011 - the difference was noticeable.

    As already mentioned, one of the most significant upgrades one can make is the purchase of an SSD.
  12. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    Nope ;)

    I'm not english, but when I write "Right" I mean "Right" :D
  13. lampielex thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2011
    So strait foward awnser

    2.3ghz or 2.4ghz.

    They both have lots of upgrades just not an SSD, will get one in the future.
  14. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    If you trust Benchmarks the difference can really be ignored for the most part. The extra Cache gets you maybe 1-2 percentage points in speed that is something close to the measure inaccuracy and definitely not worth a significant amount of money. The extra clock gets you more but still it is not worth it imo.
  15. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    I would take 2.3 as i think you would be fine with it and the extra 0.1 doesn't really matter but you could spend the saved money on an ssd.
  16. Ant.honey macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    New York City
    You are probably not going to notice a real world difference between the 2.3 - 2.5 unless you are a very heavy user and seconds an hour make a money difference for you.

    In my case, they do. If I save 30 seconds for every 10 minutes, for every 10 hour day, 264 days a year, every year, it makes a marked difference in my income. For most it doesn't.

    Get the 2.3

    Also, get an SSD as there will be your most noticeable gains. Even if you can only afford a small, slower model at first compared to a platter drive it's a no brainer.


    Certainly true. However 1-2% translates to 3-5% more money annually for me and that little bit translates to waaay more than the cost to go there.
  17. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    Why don't you look into the Apple refurbished store. Better than a used (& abused) MBP.

    Does the design program run on OSX? Is the implementation as good as the windows version of the program?

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