Mac Pro buying advice

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by brian4610, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. brian4610 macrumors regular

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    Wanted to get some 'expert' opinions on an upcoming purchase of a MBP...

    I have a PB G4 now 1.67ghz, 1 gig or ram, so i know whatever i get will be a massive hardware upgrade, but i wanted to see which direction i should go.

    basically, i'm looking at the 13", specs:

    2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Backlit Keyboard (English) / User's Guide
    Final Cut Express preinstalled

    or the 15", specs:

    2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
    Backlit Keyboard (English) / User's Guide
    Final Cut Express preinstalled

    beside the obvious screen size and speed, what are the major differences? are they worth $500?

    My use is mostly internet research, audio editing (nothing my current PB hasn't been able to handle with Garage Band), and some video editing (again, my PB has handled it well)....

    I'm not saying that i can't spend the extra $500 for the 15", i'm just asking what am i getting for the $$ and is it worth it?

    thanks.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    The screen would be the only reason to upgrade, for the 98th time on these forums, only you can decide if that is worth the upgrade. The 7200 is also a nice option, but that doesn't sit well with the 13?
     
  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Definitely wrong location for this thread. :D
     
  5. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    What do you mean? I think he should forget the backlit keyboard and get the 2.93 Octo core and a 24" screen. :p :D

    Honestly, to try and be helpful... you really should choose based on screen size. The performance difference between the two will not be noticable. Go to a retailer and check out the screen real-estate and see what you prefer... smaller or bigger... that is the question.
     
  6. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Nah. 30" iTablet all the way. :D
     
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  8. seisend macrumors 6502a

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    hmm I think he mixed up the mac pro with the macbook pro's. Mostly people I know, which are not much into mac's, doesn't see any diffrence between a Mac Pro and a MacBook Pro. They always mean the Mac Pro is a laptop too. I personally would prefer another Mac Pro name. lol. that much to this :D
     
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  10. brian4610 thread starter macrumors regular

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    my question is really based off of the fact the i'm not sure what the big differences mean from the 13' to the 15'...

    so, would you say that the hardware upgrades are negligible for what i need, or at least not worth the $500?

    I'd prefer to not spend the extra if i don't NEED it or it isn't a noticeable difference...however, i'm sure i'll have a better piece of mind if i just went with the 15'
     
  11. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Just find out what screen size you want and go with that. Whatever it is, you will not be disappointed.
     

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