MBP 13" or MBP 15" for architecture student?

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  1. imoss92 macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking into getting either a MacBook Pro 13" or 15" in a few months for use as my main computer. I will be using a lot of architecture programs like Revit and AutoCAD (I really wish these ran natively on OS X) and need to know if the 13" screen is plenty big or if I should get the 15" screen. Portability isn't a huge issue so I'm not concerned with weight. Also, what processor speed should I get so that I can run these programs smoothly? Thanks :D
     
  2. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    My dad uses AutoCAD and he needs a large screen for it. So I suggest the 2.66GHz 15in Macbook Pro.
     
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Just a matter of what you want. Having a bigger screen is nice but 13" screen also does the job.

    I have ACAD 2010 installed on my 2.4GHz MB and it runs very smooth. Of course it all depends on what kind of drawings you are doing.
     
  4. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    There are plenty of Apple stores in your area. Only you can tell whether the 13" is enough. You are going to get the generic responses like from Hellhammer or Miles (I can't remember which one) will tell you that it's "way too heavy to carry around," but, you are really the only one who can tell...
     
  5. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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    Remember, even if you get the 13", you can always get an external monitor.
     
  6. kmac88 macrumors member

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    but would the processor and GPU be good enough on the 13inch?
     
  7. iCantwait macrumors 65816

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    i got the 15" no regrets, can't stand looking at the 13' now.

    :p
     
  8. imoss92 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I think in the long run the 15" would be better for looking at cad drawings and stuff. I was looking at the 17" but I think thats a bit overkill. So the 2.66GHz with 4gigs of ram will definately run everything smoothly with bootcamp or vmware/parallels?
     
  9. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Yes it will run smoothly.
     
  10. imoss92 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright cool thanks :)
     
  11. macPuppy macrumors newbie

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    I study architectural engineering, and had the same "problem" 6 months ago.
    I chose the Macbook Pro 15".

    You can see my thread here.
     
  12. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Huh??? :p

    If you're serious about CAD programs, then no laptop screen is going to cut it anyways. I work in an engineering department, all of the engineers that do significant amounts of CAD drawings have 15" laptops which they immediately plug into big 24" LCDs. All of the new Macs will be able to handle CAD programs just fine, but screen size is going to be a big factor for you (I think).
     
  13. kmac88 macrumors member

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    for revit 2010 3d rendering i think you need more than 2.66Ghz. think you need the best you can afford
     
  14. pelicanflip macrumors 6502a

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    Not necessarily.

    Running with a 2.4 GHz is fine, so 2.66 GHz is decent. Obviously a 2.88 GHz or 3.06 GHz processor would be much better, but the cost is also an issue.

    What matters more is the RAM that you have for the MBP. Generally, you'll need a bare minimum of 3 GB RAM, but 8 GB of RAM will give u the optimal rendering speeds you need.
     

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