Finally finished configuring the MBP... decent or overdone?

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  1. legreve, Mar 15, 2011
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    legreve macrumors regular

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    I wanted to make sure that the machine I was getting (at this price) is as close to perfect as can be and at the same time try to cut down on the expenses. It all added up to this setup created for daily photo and video editing with effects, along with the occasional rendering:

    Have exchanged some parts...

    - 15" 2.2 ghz

    - 4gb stock ram (will be remove and replaced)
    with
    8gb ram, Crucial ram

    - 750 gb 5400 stock drive (will be remove and docked for storage)
    in
    External case from ZapWare in Germany

    - 240gb SSD, Vertex 3, in main bay, divided into two partitions.

    - 750gb HDD, WD Scorpio Black 7200 rpm, mounted in the optibay (this one has SMS right?)
    with
    Optibay from ZapWare in Germany (I think they actually sell the MCETech one...)

    - And then the Superdrive mounted in the included case from Zapware.

    Regardless of peoples attitude towards additional cooling, I went ahead and bought a Chilldesk XL mini.

    Once the prices on the OWC ram goes down, I dont see a reason not to fill 'er up ;P
    Comments? Any parts I should change here at the last minute?
     
  2. amoergosum macrumors 6502

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    I would go for the 15" 2.2Ghz. I don't think you will notice a difference compared with the 2.3Ghz.
     
  3. kushed macrumors regular

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    i talked to 3 different apple employees in a brick and mortar store and they all said, basically, "we dont know why thats even an upgrade option" because at that $250 price its deff not worth it.
     
  4. legreve thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, so basically even with 4 cores the performance gain is negligible? If so, I will definitely save the money and get the 2.2 instead.
     
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  6. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    There is no such thing as "over done" when adding upgrades to anything especially a mac.
     
  7. legreve thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for that link. That pretty much sums it up... so 2.2 it is. That 19% increase from 2.0 is welcome in my camp :)
     
  8. AFPoster macrumors 65816

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    I apologize for the "dumb" question, but why are you mounting a superdrive when your MBP comes with one.
     
  9. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    He said he is taking out the superdrive to add another HDD inside the mac. The optibay enclosures from mcetech come with a external case for the said removed superdrive.
     
  10. IceMacMac macrumors 6502

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    Apple employees told you that?!?! Seems like they would get fired for saying that.
     
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  12. Hansr macrumors 6502a

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    They most likely didn't explicitly state it but the guys I talked to did agree with me that the upgrade was not adding value.

    It's better to guide a customer to a purchase he/she's happy about rather then have them come back in a foul mood and having to process an exchange.
     
  13. nikhsub1 macrumors 68000

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    Apple employees generally don't know ****. Secondly, the reason it is an option is because the upgrade probably costs Apple $90 and they sell it for $250, reason enough.
     
  14. AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a

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    You're wrong. Check the Intel site.

    2720QM 2.2 GHz - $378
    2820QM 2.3 GHz - $568

    The difference is $190, :apple: adds extra $60,
    but that's justified - because of BTO.
     
  15. vincenz macrumors 601

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    How about $1600 for 16 GB of MBP RAM?
     
  16. nikhsub1 macrumors 68000

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    I'm positive Apple doesn't pay those 1000 tray quantity pricing... but yeah, my point is that Apple offers it because they make $$$ on it. The other reason I failed to mention is that if they didn't, we'd have more trolls in here going, "OMGWTFBBQ!!! HP offers the 2.3 Quad core and Apple doesn't they are the suck"! ;)
     
  17. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    Actually the 1k unit price listed at Intel for the 2820QM is $ 568 and the 2720QM is at $378 which results in almost $200 difference.
    Of course that is only due to the reason of Intels pricing which usually starts at 1000 for the XM 500-600 for the next in line and the third in this case the 2720QM is the entry point for the "reasonably" priced sector.
    Price difference between 2720QM and 2630QM is probably much less.
     
  18. Zeus86 macrumors member

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    I went to the Apple Store to debate purchasing the i5 or i7 13 inch. When I spoke to an Apple employee about which to purchase and I was told to go with the i5 because there is really no difference. The difference comes with 15 inch and up. I love my i5 and and used the money I saved on applecare and got a student discount even though I did not have my school I.D on me.
     
  19. legreve thread starter macrumors regular

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    Last minute changes to top post. Everything has been ordered and is under way :) Not to endure the tickling in the stomach...
     
  20. parseckadet macrumors 6502a

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    There, fixed it for you.
     
  21. nikhsub1 macrumors 68000

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    Lol ing. :D
     
  22. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Some are surprisingly frank. One told me to ditch my Rev A Air when i took it for a diagnosis because it was essentially beta hardware and a lot of users had been coming in with issues.
     
  23. vincenz macrumors 601

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    Hope there wasnt a manager nearby during that "beta hardware" remark :p
     

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