HELP Macbook Pro Buyer

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by amalkan, Jun 16, 2015.

  1. amalkan macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2015
    #1
    I'm a college student who needs to run...

    8 tabs of Chrome
    Word and Excel (sometimes but mostly just word or excel)

    No real graphics or anything, currently have a 2009 Macbook Pro 15 inch and it's slow as heck!

    Thinking about

    Mbp 2015
    16 gb RAM
    Dual core i7

    Is that good or too much power for me?
     
  2. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2011
    Location:
    Cimmerian End
    #2
    If you want the 13'' rMBP just get the base model.
     
  3. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

    z31fanatic

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2015
    Location:
    Mukilteo, WA USA
    #3
    That's overkill for your use. As a college student, the base 15/8/128 should be plenty.
     
  4. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2011
    Location:
    Cimmerian End
    #4
    I believe he is talking about a 13'' because he mentions a dual-core CPU.
     
  5. amalkan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2015
    #5
    Yeah, I am. I am not really considering a 15" due to the lack of portability in comparison to the 13". Do you really think the base model is enough? I feel like my current computer can hardly handle what I do. Also If i want to hook up my rmbp to an external monitor do i need to upgrade any of the internal components to help it support that?
     
  6. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

    z31fanatic

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2015
    Location:
    Mukilteo, WA USA
    #6
    I know he was talking about the 13". That 15 was supposed to be i5. It was a typo.
     
  7. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

    z31fanatic

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2015
    Location:
    Mukilteo, WA USA
  8. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2011
    Location:
    Cimmerian End
    #8
    I think the base model is more than enough. I think you can get away with any notebook, which is why I began my reply with "if you want the 13'' rMBP" as opposed to talking about necessities.

    Your current computer can handle what you do (what you've listed anyway), but it's just aged. That's all.
     
  9. lowendlinux Contributor

    lowendlinux

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2014
    Location:
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    #9
    I'd get a new SSD and some RAM for the old computer and keep the $1000 in my pocket.
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #10
    I'd try upgrading the 2009 with a SSD and maybe the ram (you don't specify how much ram it has).

    Short of that, I'd say the base model 13" rMBP will handle it as others stated.
     
  11. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2011
    Location:
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    #11
    The i7 in the 13" is the biggest ripoff in computer history. Barely 5% faster than the base 2.7GFHz i7 and one hell of a lot pricier.

    Just get the sweet spot model - 2.7/8/256 variant.
    PS don't use Chrome. It's the worst browser for OS X and is a massive resource hog + power drain. Chrome Canary seems to be better but not phenomenal either.
     
  12. amalkan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2015
  13. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2011
    Location:
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    #13
    Yes.
     
  14. T5BRICK macrumors 604

    T5BRICK

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2006
    Location:
    Oregon
    #14
    Yes. Just get the model with the storage that you need. The RAM and CPU upgrade aren't needed for your usage, and would really be a waste of money.

    You could probably go with the base model MacBook if you want something even more portable.
     
  15. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    #15
    Your current computer is powerful enough for that, and more. Something's amiss if it's slow.
    You're either running out of RAM (you never mentioned how much you have) or your hard drive is about to crap out on you (they tend to slow to a crawl before croaking).
     
  16. nStyle macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2009
    #16
    ...if we're talking power efficiency. I would never say Safari > Chrome in other areas.

    And I agree with others. It would be pretty dumb to drop $1k if those are your only uses. Spend time time researching how to replace components in your machine and buy those components and you'll be much better off (if that's even necessary).
     
  17. bobbytomorow macrumors 6502

    bobbytomorow

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2007
    Location:
    Left Coast
    #17
    +1

    I recently added an SSD & 8GB RAM to a late 2008 15" MBP and performance was great...I'm on a mid 2012 as my daily driver now but in 95% of tasks I don't notice a difference in performance.
     
  18. RobbieTT macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2010
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    #18
    This is the path I have just gone down with my mid-2009 13" MBP. I maxed out the RAM, as it was cheap but probably an overkill, and added a Samsung 850 Evo 500 GB SSD.

    The machine is a different beast now and I have a big chunk of money still in the bank - an amazing upgrade.
     

Share This Page