MB or MBP

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  1. tiggle macrumors member

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    I am torn between a MB and MBP. I will use it for photoshop CS3 and then probably CS4. I don’t use big files, just raw from a Nikon D300 and never have more than 5 layers open. Is a MB 2.4 with 4gigs ram going to be suitable for my needs.?
     
  2. chilipie macrumors 6502a

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    A new MacBook would cope fine with that - the only thing that would sway me towards the MacBook Pro is the larger screen size (but if you've already got an external screen that's not really an issue).
     
  3. Nicholas Mosher macrumors member

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    I would get a MB and an external display. The MB and MBP can be limiting when it comes to screen real estate.

    If pressed for cash (who isn't?), I would get the 2.0GHz MB and a 23" ACD.
     
  4. chilipie macrumors 6502a

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    An external screen could be very useful to the OP, but I really don't think you can describe the current ACDs as being a good choice for someone who's pressed for cash.
     
  5. tiggle thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the replies. The amount of cash is not the real issue. I just don't want to spend more on a machine that will be too much for what I need to do now. Given that nehalem will be out in a year or so...it seems silly to buy an overpowered machine for future proofing...when the future machine will be much faster.
    Portability and weight also come into it.

    I will be getting two 23 inch ACDs to go with it.
    One ACD is to use with my PC...for games...and the other for the MB.
     
  6. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Since you're getting the ACD's, the MB would do quite fine. I'd suggest the MBP but only for the display quality which it would seem you don't need.
     
  7. jerryrock macrumors 6502

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    Another point to consider is that the MacBook does not have a firewire port. This limits andy external hard drive you may want to use for scratch disk or backup to a USB 2.0 connection.
     
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