Comparable to MacBook Pro 5,5

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Dj64Mk7, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Dj64Mk7 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm starting to think about getting a new computer. I'm fine with either an Air or retina Pro, but I want something that would have (at least) comparable performance (in terms of running apps like iMovie, Garageband, and/or Xcode, though I can live without Xcode if I must. I don't use any of these apps to do actual work, just for fun) to my MacBook Pro 5,5.

    The specs of my computer:
    - 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    - [upgraded to] 8GB RAM
    - NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB
    - OS X Mavericks (10.9.1)

    My budget is somewhere around $1,300. I will buy refurbished in addition to brand new, and I'd be willing to compromise on things like graphics.

    Thanks in advance for the help.
     
  2. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    Do you have a SSD installed? Think about it before buying a new machine. I just bought an early-2013 retina 15" and, to be honest, I don't see a clear performance bump on the rMBP over my upgraded (8GB+SSD) white macbook in everyday tasks, even when dealing with Eclipse+JavaEE programming.

    Maybe I would see it running way faster on graphics/OpenCL-supported applications or on massive multitasking (like heavy math algorithms which I sometimes run).
     
  3. Dj64Mk7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I thought about putting an SSD in my current Mac, but then I decided against it. The reason being that before we got my mom her own PC, she would use my Mac. To make a long story short, she loves the Mac and hates the PC. If I buy a new Mac, we can use system transfer to put her back on my current Mac, while I would still have my own computer.

    As for your point about performance, my original post states that I'm simply looking for a Mac with (at least) equivalent performance to my current Mac, but of course lighter, longer-lasting, faster, and all the other the reasons you buy a new Mac.
     
  4. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    Well, this said, I'd get a 2013-Air because of it's very portable and not prone to screen issues seen on rMBPs. Well, unless you check the display before buying, so I'd try a 13-rMBP without uneven yellowing nor image retention.
     
  5. Dj64Mk7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So, now that I've moved my focus exclusively to the Air, I have two questions:
    should I get the 11-inch or 13-inch?
    which upgrades should I go for to get equivalent performance)?

    Speaking of upgrades, is 8GB RAM even worth it anymore (with Mavericks' compressed memory and whatnot)?
     

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