MBP 13" 2.4ghz + 8GB RAM + SSD = Worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iczer34, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. iczer34 macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2008
    Hey Guys....

    I'm sure this topic may have been beaten to death (and yes, I did a search) but what are your guys' thoughts on the following:

    Macbook Pro 13" 2.4GHz C2D + 8GB RAM + 80GB SSD

    Would that type of set-up be optimal to perform tasks such as, VMware (Win 7), Aperture 3, Adobe Lightroom 3, Final Cut Pro --- of course not all at once and my photo/video libraries will be stored on an EXT HDD.

    I like the smaller form factor of the 13" MBP...but am weary of the old C2D vs. say the i5 on the 15" MBP.

    BTW - i'm currently using a late 2007 15" MBP 2.4GHz C2D, 320GB HDD, 4GB RAM.

    Thoughts? TIA!! :)
  2. Salacion macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2010
    Aperture 3 and Final Cut Studio are heavy loads. Definitely go for the i5/i7. You need the extra performance.
  3. thecarrot macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2010
    Yeah I agree if you're going to upgrade up to 8 gigs of RAM and an SSD, you might as well go up to the 15' and get the i7 processor. Its what I did and I haven't looked back since :)
  4. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
  5. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    my thoughts exactly - if you got the money for the RAM and especially a SSD - drop that extra cash in a more powerful processor. All the RAM in the world, and a SSD won't help you render, export or compress video any quicker for the most part.

    Go with the i7
  6. iczer34 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2008
    Thanks for the responses guys.

    The main reason I'm able to spring for 8GB RAM and SSD is because I'm getting a killer deal on a MBP 13". The total cost of doing so will still be a few hundred less than a 15" i5.

    My current MBP is already running the aforementioned apps, it's not super slow but it's slightly noticeable and gets the job done. So I guess my real question is, would a MBP 13" C2D 2.4GHz + 8GB RAM + SSD worth upgrading over my old MBP?
  7. green86 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    North Carolina

    Uhh... whats your old MBP?
  8. wywern209 macrumors 65832


    Sep 7, 2008
    do you rly want to know?
    No, you would be much better off just popping a SSD in you current computer if you wish. It makes no sense to upgrade to a computer w/ about the same speed processor wise. 4gb RAM is plenty. just upgrade to nice ssd from either intel or owc. that will net you a real speed increase. or like others said, upgrade to i7.
  9. kernkraft macrumors 68020


    Jun 25, 2009
    I have been beaten to death for not recommending 8GB RAM upgrade and putting an expensive SSD into a 13" MBP.

    If you need performance, forget the C2D - the i5 and i7 will suit your tasks better, even with less RAM and a 7200rpm HDD.
  10. green86 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    North Carolina
    Agree 100%.
  11. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007
    Bigger Screen Trumps

    I agree. SSD is a much better performance benefit than the extra 4GB that's not often used. And for the programs he wants to run, there is no doubt that a bigger screen and faster processer are more important than the 'killer deal' on a 13"

  12. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
  13. Covart Guest

    Aug 15, 2010
    There is no such thing as "overkill" when it comes to computers.
  14. MacModMachine macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2009
    really...? i use it all.

    try speaking with some knowledge next time.....
  15. whatupkiddo macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2010
    hahah funny... really funny. and you will say its utter destruction for other companies to put a 1 gb gpu in their comps, with 8 gb and ssd
  16. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    8gb and a SSD in a MBP13 C2D 1200x800 laptop? that is like putting jetfuel and F1 tires on a daihatsu cuore.

    You can pimp it up with anything you want but at the end of the day the engine just doesn't go any faster and it will only seat two adults side by side comfortably ... if at all.
  17. aeboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area
    ram upgrade won't make much of a difference, SSD would though, startup/seek times would be greatly improved no matter what processor
  18. green86 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    North Carolina
    True, but if you buy the 13" in the first place your stuck with a CPU thats many years old at this point, and you can never upgrade it. Get a machine with the i5/i7 and buy the SSD somewhere down the line...

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