Coming to the darkside

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

  1. lampielex macrumors newbie

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    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.

    Alex
     
  2. nippyjun macrumors 65816

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    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

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  4. Max(IT) Suspended

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    BTW, the "Dark Side" was your former side.

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

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    Bright side mate, bright side
     
  6. lampielex thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Nope ;)

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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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