MBP 15'' Customization help (SSD/RAM/gpu)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by glenn5, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. glenn5, Feb 24, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2011

    glenn5 macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    Have waited a few months for the MBP upgrade, and its time to pick one up.

    I have decided for the 15'' version, with a high-res screen, but im still thinking about high vs low-end. And a couple of other choices.

    This is what I will use my mbp for:
    PS (painting)
    Adobe software in general
    Photo editing
    Browsing the web.
    A fair amount of multitasking.
    Maybe using Parallels for some Windows use.
    I also want to learn 3d modelling at some point so I guess Zbrush (and similar) will be used down the road.

    (I might do some light gaming, but this is not a priority. Im not looking for a gaming laptop.)

    Will I need the slightly more powerful Quad Core i7 (2.0 vs 2.2), and maybe more importantly, will I benefit much from the much more powerful gpu? Or is this mainly for gaming?
    Maybe a stupid question, but will the high res screen have any impact on the performance? Enough so to push me in the direction of high-end gpu?

    Considering what I will be using the mbp for, should I upgrade from 4 to 8GB RAM? Its fairly cheap, even cheaper if I dont buy it from apple. Thoughts?

    Lastly, the HDD vs SSD? I have never used an SSD and dont know what Im missing so to speak. If I dont get an SSD, will the HDD be a great bottleneck no matter what other choices I make?

    If I break it down to two choices, I could get those custom builds for roughly the same money. Which one would benefit me most?

    Low end 15'', 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Hi-Res Screen
    High end 15'', 4GB RAM, HDD 7200RPM, Hi-Res Screen

    Thank you
  2. glenn5 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    sorry for bump, but it would really be super helpful if someone could guide me through this.

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