First time purchasing a mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Imjustinjk, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. Imjustinjk macrumors newbie

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    Hello all! Torn between a couple choices and really need help. I just purchased the iPhone 7 after not having one since the iPhone 5. I really enjoyed the Samsung notes until recently. I've also decided that I really want a MacBook. My "main laptop" is an MSI Titan, but I rarely-to-never take it out of my house as it's not really portable. The laptop I'm looking to replace is my school/work laptop. I have a Lenovo yoga, which is a gimmicky pile of crap.

    I just graduated last month and will be attending school in the autumn to obtain a masters degree in Urban Planning. I just landed a transit planning gig. Programs I use frequently in school and soon-to-be at work are: GIS (geographic information system) - usually ESRI/arcmap, CAD, photoshop, and stuff like that.

    I'm stuck between the MacBook Pro 13 and 15. I understand that the 15 has more power, but I'm more attracted to the portability of the 13. I'm stuck between the 13 with upgraded RAM and processor and the base-ish 15. I'm not really sure though. Can a base-ish 13 get what I need done? I'm not familiar with Mac products at all.

    Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you.
     
  2. rigid, Feb 15, 2017
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    rigid macrumors regular

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    Have you considered getting an air? IMO the macbook pros this cycle are overpriced and painfully outdated already.

    Edit: Didn't see autocad in your post initially. Disregard.
     
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    As AutoCAD is Windows only (assuming that's what you're using), you'll either be installing BootCamp or running it in a VM. If you'll be running it virtually, I would recommend stepping up to the power of the 15", for the quad core processor. The 2016 model is very portable too, much more than you'd expect from a 15".

    Otherwise if you'll be using BootCamp for that software, the 13" should suffice.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Given the demanding nature of autocad, I think the 15" MBP is a better fit, dGPU, 16GB of ram, quad core processors and of course larger display for much needed screen real estate.
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Yep agree with the others autocad will beg you for 16gb of ram, dGPU and a quadcore processor that simple really.
     
  6. MadDane macrumors 6502a

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    I recently graduated with my masters degree as an engineer and now work full-time. My main program is SolidWorks. I use a laptop provided by my company and it is a dual core 15W Skylab processor with an iGPU and 16GB RAM connected to two screens. When I was a student I used a 2013 13" MBP, also with 16GB RAM. I have used Creo (ProE) in a VM without issues.

    My point is - yes, of course more power is better for computational needs. But if the 13" speaks to you, as it also does to me personally, then I would say goodnight with that. You only need the power sometimes - but you will have to carry it with you at all times.

    Besides, it is not like the 13" will not run the programs at all. It will just be a tad slower at doing it compared to the 15". But that is a compromise you will have to decide.
     
  7. tentales macrumors 6502a

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    This will rub some people here the wrong way, but since you listed CAD as a requirement as well as weight, I would look at the new XPS 15 from Dell. Better GPU (GTX 1060 or better and overall CPU guts at $1000 less than the equivalent MacBook Pro 15.
    http://picknotebook.com/blog/the-best-laptop-for-autocad/

    OTOH, you might want to wait for the next iteration of MBP, since the 2016 version only comes with Skylake, while Dell's XPS is already on quad-core Kaby Lake processors. So, better bang for your buck.

    If you're set on changing to Macs, wait for the 2nd half of the year.
     
  8. shaunp macrumors 65816

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    Given you want to run AutoCAD and you already have a PC, why not look at the XPS 13 and XPS 15. Much newer hardware than the MacBook Pro and have excellent build quality. Saves you running bootcamp or a VM for AutoCAD
     

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