Macbook Pro Processor Advice

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lindziloo101, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. lindziloo101 macrumors newbie

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    I am in the market for a new laptop. I am a graphic designer, mostly print-based and the bulk of what I work on is in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. I own an iMac but need a notebook as a secondary computer so I can work away from the office. It will also double as my home computer for editing and storing family photos.

    I think I've settled on the 13" Macbook Pro with Retina Display but am not sure about technical specs.

    I think it is worth upgrading to 16gb of RAM as I often have multiple programs open, and much of what I do is image-heavy. I'm not sure what processor to go with though (will I notice a difference between 2.7, 2.9, 3.1GHz??) any advice would be much appreciated! And storage… $600 to upgrade to 1TB. Not sure if it is worth the cost.

    Any opinion on buying refurbished?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. fisherking macrumors 601

    fisherking

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    refurbished from the apple store is always a good deal, lots of my friends buy there (i point them to it). for what you're doing, any processor should hold it's own. the 16GB ram is a good idea. personally, i went with 512GB ssd; am happy to store additional files (ie old projects, etc) on an external drive (which is much cheaper). i'd bump up the processor before i'd spend $600 to bump up storage (but that's just me). it's a great mac (i got mine last week).
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Most people will be fine with 8GB, but if you want to upgrade to 16GB it isn't a bad idea.

    Go with the 2.7 or 2.9GHz, the 3.1GHz option isn't worth the $200 upgrade fee.

    Only if you need it. I went with the 512GB drive, have a 100GB BootCamp partition and the rest is for OSX.

    Given the option, I will always buy refurbished. I use refurb.me to check stock.

    https://www.refurb.me/us/
     

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