MBP 2.8GHz w/ HDD or 2.66GHz w/ SSD?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dk152, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. dk152 macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2008

    I am looking to buy MPB with a discrete graphics card. I am an IT professional and never had a laptop w/ SSD. If you were to buy a 15" MPB, which one would you buy? I am essentially asking faster CPU vs. SSD option. The price difference is negligible.

    1. 2.8 Ghz, 4GB RAM, HDD 500GB w/ 7200 rpm - $2.349
    2. 2.66 Ghz, 4GB RAM, SSD 128 GB - $2,299


  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    SSD, unless you render animation in which a processor will be a better improvement.
    The better thing to do is go with the HDD and faster CPU and upgrade to a SSD later down the road. You can't (easily) upgrade a processor.
  3. gan6660 macrumors 65816


    Aug 18, 2008
  4. whitespaces macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2009
    I'm pondering exactly the same - I had my heart set on MBP 15" 2.8ghz with 7200rpm 500gb HDD but now just thinking I should maybe drop to the 2.66 model (with lower graphic card memory) and get the SSD. What I would really like to know is what is the approx difference in boot times between the 2 - in seconds? Does anyone know this?

    Also - how easy would it be to update the HDD to an SSD later down the line? I've fit processors and memory on PC before but never HDD - and NEVER anything on laptop.

    By the way I'll be using the laptop for:
    iPhone development
    running windows & developing in Windows (.net etc.)
    general IT use (internet/office)
    music production
  5. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Agreed, SSD tech is only going to get cheaper and cheaper. If you really wanted one right now, buy third party...

Share This Page