MBP 2011 15" specs help

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  1. darao80, Apr 29, 2011
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    darao80 macrumors newbie

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    Hai thar,

    I am looking to get a new macbook pro, around the 15" models. I'm a student so I can get the educational discount but my budget is only around 1700-1800

    Right now I was just looking at the base model, with 500gb 5400rpm, 4gb ram, normal display yada yada yada...

    I can spend about $100-200 extra on configuring a perfect laptop, and I would love to get say a 128gb ssd (get an extra tb for media), 8gb ram and high-res antiglare display but unfortunataely, I can only really choose one of these options :/

    I do heavy video editing, graphics rendering... etc. most programs I would be using would be FCP, After Effects, Cinema 4d, Photoshop. I would be using this mainly around home, ocassionaly in direct sunlight (so anti glare doesn't really matter too much)

    Which option should I choose? Any advice. Again I can only really go up to about 1800, possibly at the very most 1900.

    Thanks for your help in advance
    :)

    Just to add: basically, should I go for faster HD, more RAM or higher res screen? (I also currently have a 27" Dell Monitor so I'm not hugely worried about screen real estate, but I might be doing some mobile stuff at some point, which may require a high res screen but not essential)
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Get the hi-res screen and 8GB of RAM from aftermarket. You can always add an SSD later on but you will be stuck with the display for good.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    As Hellhammer already wrote, get the High Res model, as RAM is cheaper if you buy it yourself (80€ for 8GB RAM) and SSDs can be had for 170€ if you want 120GB at least.
    I have the Anti Glare display with my 17" MBP and I use the same applications you use and I had a Glassy display before that in my 15" MBP. I prefer the AG screen overall, even inside a flat or house.
     
  4. darao80, Apr 29, 2011
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    darao80 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok I think I'll probably get the High Res and I might get one of 'em thunderbolt drives in the future for all my editing footage etc.

    Anybody know about this RAM:

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6075371&CatId=4153

    I would buy 2 sticks, unfortunately they don't seem to sell them in a kit.

    I checked with most of the specs in the MBP manual

    1. 204 pin
    2. DDR3 PC10600S (although the ram mentioned above is missing the "S", is this a problem?)
    3. It didn't mention a width on tigerdirect, but I presume since it's 204 pin, it should fit ok

    Think this is good? Just making sure before I buy. And also if anybody knows of a kit (2x4GB) out there which is reasonably cheap?

    Thanks again :)

    Also, if anybody's had experience editing with different speed HDDs, do you think it's worth it to upgrade from the 5400rpm, and/or get a separate SSD/or 7400rpm. Are the speeds noticeable?
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    That works. Maybe try MacSales (OWC) and Newegg (links in the following article):

    It is not recommended to use the same HDD where the OS resides for storing video footage.
    Better use an external HDD or look into Optibay.
     
  6. discounteggroll macrumors 6502

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    as others have said, go with the HIRES and upgrade everything later should it be required. the apple tax on RAM/HD/SSD upgrades far exceeds current street prices, and you have no option of going HIRES within reason after it leaves the factory
     
  7. darao80 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok thanks guys for all your help

    I think I'll get the 4gb with 5400rpm and upgrade the ram with this kit (possibly sell off the 2x2gb that come with mbp)

    still hesitant about the screen, whether I should save $150 or not. Anyways, thanks again for all the help :)

    I'd be paying twice as much than I should if it wasn't for you handy people ;)
     

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