MBP 15" 2.8Ghz vs MBP 17" 2.66Ghz for Engineering student

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  1. deanmadoo macrumors member

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    I am going to university this May and would like to buy a MBP.

    because i think that the MB screen is to small for all the engineering programs that i will be using.
    And i would be using this laptop for all 4 years of college.

    and was wondering which one should i get between
    1. CTO Macbook Pro 15.4" 2.8Ghz
    or
    2. Stock Macbook Pro 17" 2.66Ghz

    I would be using a lot of engineering programs such as
    matlabs, CAD, video editing, a lot of music encoding, Photoshop, Bittorrent, and i will be playing games using VMware Fusion

    which one should i get?:D
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    id get a mb with an external monitor personally and a game console for games.

    thats a cheaper alternative

    keep in mind, all the programs you will be using in engineering school most likely will NOT have licesnses for you to put on your laptop. The only one that I was able to was ProE, which the mb was able to handle fine for the hw assignments

    Even then, the lab computers are so much more powerful thats its silly to do it on your own laptop

    I speak from my expereice when I was an undergrad in engineering recently (graduated this past May)
     
  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Well, you'll need to choose if you want the higher resolution and larger screen of the 17" or the smaller, lighter, and more powerful 15". I'd go for the 15" because of the weight and power personally, as you could always get another display for more screen space but you can't make a laptop lighter.
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Get a MacBook or a MacBook Air AND a homebrew desktop computer with 9800GTX graphic card.
     
  7. deanmadoo thread starter macrumors member

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    The games arnt that important its just Warcraft3, thats all

    But while using VMware i will be using matlabs, CAD, video editing, a lot of music encoding, Photoshop, Bittorrent

    all at the same time.
     
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  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    well i gave you mine:p

    any present mac laptop will be able to play WoW fyi
     
  10. deanmadoo thread starter macrumors member

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    Thx but i will be using my computer for a bit more stuff than you did.

    and at my university in Thailand, I dont think there will be a 16core 32gig ram machine in my computer lab:D
     

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