MBP 17 - Used i7 vs. SSD

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jazer, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. jazer macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2010

    I'm just waiting to see the upcoming MBP updates, like all of you. But I wonder if it could make sense to buy a "old" used 17" C2D MBP and upgrade the HD with a SSD.

    My requirements:
    1) SW Development => Screen resolution is very important (min. 1920*1200 or better - like on the iMac 27" would be a dream)
    2) FullHD Video AVCHD Editing mit iMovie (maybe Finalcut or Adobe Premiere) => Speed, speed, speed,...
    3) Watching TV-Streams with VBox (or maybe Paralles/VMware) [unfortunatelly, there is no SW on OSX for that like SOAPCast, TVAnts, ...] => Speed, speed, speed

    Option 1) Upcoming 17"MBP i7 with HD (as SSD would be to expensive)
    Option 2) Used 17"MBP C2D 2,6 and use the saved money for a 256GB SSD
    Option 3) iMac i7 + (MacBook 2.1 - which I alraedy have) {{{I like sitting on the couch or in the bed while I'm developing}}}

    What are your opinions? I'm just curious.

  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    You need more from the processor than the HD/SSD. SSD is faster when opening something but CPU will speed up things while doing them. CPU is not upgradeable while HD is so I would definitely run for better CPU. iMac is the fastest so get it unless you really need portability

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