HELP!! - How do you build a SUPER MBP???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MojoRed, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. MojoRed macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2012

    Firstly, Apologies for the several questions in one thread but they kind of all go together. Also first time ever posting on a forum so don't yet know what the posting 'etiquette' is...

    I've just bought a 13" MBP Spec:

    2.8GHz dual-core
    Intel Core i7
    4GB 1333MHz
    750GB 5400-rpm1
    Intel HD Graphics 3000

    Needed to buy the smallest one for space reasons but want to get it as 'beefed' up as possible to use for HD video editing. I know I'm limited but was hoping with the right advice I could make it half decent.

    So... What would you do?

    I was thinking an SSD to replace SuperDrive and a larger and faster drive to replace the current HD. Also to upgrade the RAM to 16GB. Anything else ?

    Any advise and recommendations on hardware or other tips would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks in Advance,

  2. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    16 gb of ram would be good.
    Read up on Opti Bay is, you seem to know what they are.
    SSD for apps/boot drive

    The only limiting factor IMO is the Intel HD 3000, which would get better performance with more ram.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    An SSD might help the boot times, but for HD video editing the non-upgradeable processor will be the bottleneck. I don't see any of those proposed upgrades helping much.
  4. MojoRed thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2012
    Deep down I know you're right, so after doing nothing but thinking about it, I'm going to exchange and upgrade it to a 15" 2.5 Quad Core i7.

    How can i get the most out of this if budget wasn't an problem?

  5. David N macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2008
    The Land of Milk & Honey
    16gb of RAM (Mine just got here today, going to play around with it tomorrow :D)

    SSD (I put mine in before I even booted up for the first time, huge difference in load times).

    That's about all you can really do unfortunately...
  6. NZed macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?
    The two factors does not get along well with HD video editing. I mean it does its job, quite acceptable or good actually, but for HD video editing, a 15" would be better
  7. Freyqq, Jan 25, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2012

    Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    clearly you must tape a superman cape to your mbp to turn it into a "SUPER MBP"


    16 gb of ram
  8. ThemacNub macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2010
    Do this

    MBP 15" base with high res antiglare - $1949

    Samsung 830 128GB - $199

    Corsair 16GB - $159 16gb

    Samsung M8 1TB - $114.99 m8 1tb

    OWC Data Doubler - $67.99

    That set up would be phenomenal for HD. Fast encodes with the i7 (the extra for the 2.4 or 2.5 is a complete waste), large 1TB storage for your media and projects, plenty of RAM so you wont slow your system down, and the SSD will speed up your load times and system response. The high res would be better for video editing since there is lots of information that needs to be crammed in on the screen and this will give you more real estate
  9. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    from my personal experience, hd video (even 1gb/minute prores files from broadcasters) play back and scrub just fine off a 7200rpm external connected through firewire 800. as an ssd owner myself, i honestly feel like the people gushing over performance boosts must spend their day rebooting over and over and running benchmark tests. i like it because its quiet and the lack of moving parts may well have saved me the occasion that my computer took a nose dive out of my bag... *embarrassed* but realistically, once you're into a program, i don't think an ssd is going to make a lot of difference in something like video editing.

    also with regards to ram, since prices are always coming down, i say the best policy is to wait until you know you need it. and believe me you will know! if you're mainly in final cut pro 7, 8gb feels like plenty. although if you need to fire up after effects for anything substantial, you'll easily be wishing for 16 (although the cynic in me believes adobe apps chew up an infinite abount of ram given the chance). so it all depends on what you want to do.

    i've never owned a 13" so i can't really comment on it, but i've had 2 revisions of the 15" mbp, and i've never found myself wishing for anything else. :)
  10. arctic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2008
    Budget isn't a concern? This would raise the MBP to Mac Pro pricepoint but if the OP has cash to burn I'd say dual 512gb SSD, one in opti-bay. ;)
  11. ThemacNub macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2010
    The OP was going to get a 2.5ghz MBP at 2449, this is only slightly higher than that
  12. arctic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2008

    The OP also didn't ask for slightly higher. He said...
  13. ThemacNub macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2010
    He was also intending on buying more ram which raises the price....
    And he said no budget so why are you riding me?
  14. arctic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2008
    Where'd you get the impression I was?:rolleyes:

    Perhaps you misunderstood my first reply. When I said "This would raise the MBP to Mac Pro pricepoint", it was pertaining to the dual SSD I suggested.
  15. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Since budget isn't a problem…

    15" with the 2.5GHz processor, 16GB RAM, 2x 480GB SSDs in RAID 0…

    Should be pretty fast.
  16. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    By far the better solution, you still have the options of memory & SSD in a far faster package with a much more usable resolution, the new quad core MBP`s absolutely fly...
  17. bill-p macrumors 68000

    Jul 23, 2011
    For video editing, get the 17" MBP (can fit full 1080p resolution) as it's only about 1" wider than the 15".

    Then slap dual 480GB SSD with Sandforce controller in there... and finally up the RAM to 16GB.

    After that, the rest of what you want is probably mentioned in this video:

    And you should be good up to editing 4K videos in real time.

    In fact, I'd suggest that very same setup...
  18. Mechainical macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2012
    16gb RAM?

    Are all MBP not limited to 8gb RAM?
  19. bill-p macrumors 68000

    Jul 23, 2011
    No. 2011 MBP can go 16GB.
  20. edk99 macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2009
    According to Apple yes but 2010 MBP's and newer can accept up to 16gb of RAM.
  21. Mechainical macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2012
    Excellent! Now only if it was not so damned expensive!:mad:
  22. bill-p macrumors 68000

    Jul 23, 2011
    The computer or the RAM? 16GB RAM pairs runs roughly $100 to $200 now. In my opinions, at <$10/GB, it's a no-brainer purchase, especially for those who use their MBP's as their main money-making workhorse.
  23. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    Stripe two SSDs as a RAID-0 array (is this possible?)
  24. Mechainical macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2012
    Well the computer is expensive, but well worth it! I'm in Ireland, and the RAM is €407 for 2x4gb! To me, that is very expensive. Thats from the Apple shop, so I would say it could be got cheaper elsewhere!
  25. bill-p macrumors 68000

    Jul 23, 2011
    Yeah, I sometimes forget that users outside of the States get screwed more often by manufacturers. But I know how it feels like.

    Back in my home country, the computer I'm holding right now was a luxury, and some people could work 10 years, without eating or shopping or doing much of the daily necessities, and still wouldn't have enough money to afford it. That's crazy.

    But as for RAM prices, I think it'd be cheaper for you to import the RAM from the US if that was the case.

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