Macbook pro bootcamp specs HELP!!!!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Trey Songz, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. Trey Songz macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2013
    I am taking Computer Engineering Technology Computer Science program at my college, the program wants HP windows 8 or 7 laptops but I have a mac. I contacted them they told me that I will need to run bootcamp to run windows 7/8 in order to use some programs. I will upgrade my mac to 10.8x, buy 8GB, and buy windows 8. My question is will my macbook meet these following specs after upgrading my mac. Is 3000 graphics enough instead of 4000??? Also how do i upgrade my i5 to i7?

    My macbook pro
    I have an early 2011 macbook
    2.3GHZ Intel Core i5
    4GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB
    OS X Lion 10.7.5

    -My Computer Engineering Computer Science program wants these recomended specs:
    2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x4GB **
    500GB Serial-ATA Drive@5400 rpm
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512MB of GDDR5 VRAM
    OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.x


    2.5GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM — 2x4GB **
    500GB Serial-ATA Drive@5400 rpm
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.x
  2. Petulka macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2010
    Theres just no space for you in anything computer related.
  3. iPhonesandMacs macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2012
    You can't upgrade the processor after the fact, that is something you do when you buy a new Mac.
  4. macgeek18, Sep 4, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2013

    macgeek18 macrumors 68000


    Sep 8, 2009
    Northern California
    I personally think your MBP will be just fine for what you need. The 8GB of RAM should help a lot and I'd run VMWare or Parallels with Win 7/8. There's not a huge different between the Core i5 2.3 and the Core i5 2.5. And the graphics shouldn't make a huge different except the 4000 has just a little bit more integrated memory.
  5. Asuriyan, Sep 4, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2013

    Asuriyan macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2013
    Since they're describing the default configurations for both the 15" and 13" current models, and these two are vastly different in the performance they offer, it seems they don't care about specs as much as you having a brand new machine (which is of course silly).

    They also recommended you buy an HP, which indicates to me that whoever came up with these requirements is talking out of their ass and you should probably ignore all of their advice except for "install Windows via BootCamp".

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