Is my MBP good enough for my computer science degree?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Soulweaponry, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. Soulweaponry macrumors 6502

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    I have a base model 2012 15" retina macbook pro. 8 gigs of ram and all that. I'll be going strong in programming courses and finally going to school to start my bachelors in computer science. I won't be doing game design or anything like that. Will my macbook be enough? Or should i sell this year and get the next base model that comes out?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Any Mac model made in recent years, including the base Mac mini, is more than sufficient for your school needs.

    Computer Science/Engineering Major ; 13" or 15" ?
    Advice for Computer Science student
    Laptop for Computer Science and Web Design
    What MacBook should I buy for Computer Science.
     
  3. Soulweaponry thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! Guess i'll just throw the money in savings and hold onto my current macbook then
     
  4. mcarling macrumors 65816

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  5. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    If you ever want a speed increase, upgrade to an SSD. It'll be more than worth it, and give you close to what you would experience with a new model.
     
  6. mcarling macrumors 65816

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    He already has an SSD.
     
  7. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Ach. I missed the Retina part! Then yes, more than fast enough.
     
  8. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    2012 base retina 15" is way more than enough. Don't worry. I know allot of Architects, Engineers, and Science majors at my university who WISH they had a base 2012 15" rMBP. Allot of folks are doing stuff on allot less capable hardware.
     
  9. s0nicpr0s macrumors regular

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    As everyone else had already said, your MBP will easily handle everything you need for school. I got through most of the same work on an '07 iMac. A newer computer would've been very nice though for non-school related activities (games, youtube, programming for windows), but as far as actually writing code for classes, the computer was nearly overkill. Especially depending on the environment you use to code in. I never had a stutter while using textwrangler and terminal to compile and run. But using an IDE like Eclipse started to strain the memory slightly. With the 8GB you have, nothing will be an issue.
     
  10. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    The OP stated he has a retina MBP, thus already has a SSD.

    OP your computer is probably "too" powerful for your needs as a CS student. You're fine.

    Edit: Wasn't fast enough lol
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You only missed it by 6.5 hours! A photo finish! :D
     
  12. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Too many tabs, not enough time!
     

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