Indecisive as to when to jump in and invest in a MBP.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jtabije, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. jtabije macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2010
    Hey guys! I need your help/advice with something. I've officially decided to make a full conversion from PC to Mac. However, I'm a little cautious as to when I should make the jump seeing that when I do, I'm going to be making a huge investment in a heavily-customized MBP. :D

    What i'm concerned about, more specifically, is whether or not i should wait for USB 3.0 (or Esata III for that matter) because a change like that would be monumental. Any advice would be much appreciated!

    - Jesse!

    Btw, I'm new to this forum and already am loving it.
  2. jtabije thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2010
    ..and apologies in advance. This issue has probably been brought up multiple times. :p
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
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    USB 3.0 will not arrive before 2011 when Intel integrates USB 3.0 into their chipsets for their logic boards. An e-SATA port will probably not arrive, but S-ATA 6.0Gbit/s might be possible for the HDD slot.

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  4. rashhashan macrumors newbie


    Aug 10, 2010
    Norfolk, Virginia
    First of all, Congrats brother! Welcome to the Apple Brotherhood :D

    So first of all congrats on the decision to switch! I did about 2 years ago and i havent been far as "diving right in" as you put it, what kind of user are you? Here....I'll give you some choices to simplify it:

    Basic User: You use your computer to check email and get on Facebook, occasionally browsing the web.
    Basic Media User: Same as above PLUS you store pictures, movies, and music on your computer... occasionally making photo edits or burning home movies and music
    Novice User: Same as above PLUS you need a little more hardware because you have a few "system hogging" applications and/or games you play.
    Advanced Media Junkie You have TONS of Pictures, Music, and Movies. You may use a Photoshop, Handbrake,Garage Band, or iMovie type program. You may also play a few moderately graphically intensive games (i.e. WoW, Modern Warfare, Fallout, Mass Effect 1, Starcraft II) You need some extra juice because your a moderate power user.
    Über UserNothing is enough power for you! You need the best of everything and you wont take no for an is no issue to you because Computers is your passion and you will do what it takes to get the ultimate rig. You download torrents like crazy, you have a library of games you hop around to as well as a choice few you always play. You want your rig to chew up ANYTHING you throw at it! "Nuff Said!

    :apple:So with that said, which are you?:apple:
  5. jtabije thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2010

    i'd say i'm between Advanced Media Junkie and Uber User. ;)
  6. Giuly macrumors 68040


    There are no SSDs today that can saturate SATA 3GBit/s. Hard drives can't even saturate SATA 1.5GBit/s, not even 15000RPM WD VelociRaptors.

    USB 3.0 will be interesting, though, but I wouldn't want to wait for it, because hard drives can't saturate FireWire800 either.

    Just get an iMac or MacPro NOW, they just updated. The aluminum Mini is already 2 month old, the MacBooks are even older. On these machines I would wait for the next revision.

    And congrats to your wise choice to switch.

    As a media junkies, I'd suggest a 27" iMac w/ i5 or i7 and 2TB hard drive, then max out the RAM yourself, it's user accessable.

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