LF Advice on a MBP that fits my needs

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nhood01, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. nhood01 macrumors member

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    For the most part, all i do on computers is run Adobe creative suite and a few other graphics apps, surf the web, view media, and play games. (just World of Warcraft right now, but i might run more graphic intensive games when Steam is released). In Adobe Ps i periodically work with files in upwards of 1 GB.

    Im looking to buy a MBP. Im not sure which model will suffice.

    Im not too hot on dropping 1.7 K on a 15" i5 model. The 13" looks enticing, but its processors seem like quite a step down from the 15", 17" models. I'm a little sad to see a C2D rather than an i3 in the 13", but i understand there are underlying issues between NVIDIA and Intel that prevent this. However, there is a noteworthy step up from the previous gen 13".

    When it comes right down to it, i don't care about running a C2D as long as it will be enough for my computing needs.

    Furthermore, i could save a bit more $ and go with a previous gen 13" or 15" if they are powerful enough.

    Here are some of the options i'm looking at:

    (Previous gen. perhaps gen before last. not 100% sure)

    $1,349

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    250GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    SD card slot
    Built-in 7-hour battery
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
    Illuminated keyboard

    (April 2010 model)

    $1,100

    13-inch: 2.4GHz
    Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB Memory
    250GB hard drive1
    SD card slot
    Built-in battery (10 hours)2
    NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics

    Sorry for the lengthy post.

    Lastly, do you think it would be worth while to drop 300 $ to buy an Intel SSD to put into either of those two (more so for the 13" since its 1,100)? There is no TRIM support for OSX but a SSD @ 50% speed is still WAY faster than the highest RPM HD's and will give me a very snappy computer.

    Thanks

    Let me hear your opinion.
     
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  3. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    Okay, for your usage, either one will suffice; the updated 2.4GHz model would be my choice here because not only is it cheaper, it also has a better GPU; the 133MHz clock difference is negligible here.

    However as you have mentioned, the 15" does have a faster processor; even the 2.4GHz i7 is faster than the older 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo, so that's something to definitely consider. The high-resolution anti glare is also an option, but that adds even more to your purchase… just food for thought.

    Going back to the Intel SSD you mentioned, yes it is a good choice; however it does not run at only 50%; in fact new it runs at 100%, over time because Intel has have its maintenance mechanism (not TRIM related), you will not see much of a performance drop over time. If you really want, you can run a Secure Erase once every 6 months or so. Erase takes about 90 seconds to zero-out everything and then restore from a Time Machine backup in about 20 minutes or so.

    Good luck.
     

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