My 'home' situation > What to buy?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Cupcake1986, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Cupcake1986 macrumors newbie

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    Hi all.

    First let me explai what I mean. I have got 3 cats. Maine coons, which can get pretty bit. And my olderst is a 12 kg/26 lbs cat. And I have got an open space so nog seperate room where my cats cant come exect the bedroom but there I have got no room for a desk. So that means if to want to sniff on the white macbook (2.1 core2duo/4 GB) they can do so.

    Now I want to upgrade because.

    A. Aperture is becoming slow. Well it has been since i bought a DLSR with 21 MP resolution some 2 years ago)
    B. Battery is becoming quite bad and i am getting the warning to replace it soon
    C. The HD is becoming quite full.

    Yeah I know I can replace C and maybe still B(?) .

    But i would like to know what the best option is for me now. I have got 5 options. Budget is max €1800/€1800. Not interested in retina

    I use it for: Internet, watching tv series online and Aperture 2

    A. Stay in the laptop devision and buy the latest MBP 13" option. I always will upgrade to 8 GB RAM. But can someone tell me if the I7 2.9 cpu is worth the premium over the I5 2.5 cpu. I know another difference is a bigger HD but I dont care for that as the 128 GB served me fine over 4 years and have got a 500 GB external

    B. Stay in laptop devision and go with a latest MBA. 256GB SDD/ 8GB RAM. And here is the question go with the 1.8 CPU or spend some more and get the 2.0 CPU

    C. Stay in the laptop devision and go with a 15" MPB and change nothing. So that means only 4 GB ram but a quadcore prosessor and a dedicated GPU

    D. Now the tricky option, Why? Well remeber the open space? I am afraid they bump it over. I am very sure Apple isnt going to say. Ow an accident, we will refund for you. Well that is what I read most of the time And I dont know if it is a good idea to move it to the bedroom when I am not at home. So that will be on a daily base. All the components are in there. I am talking about the Imac.

    In that case I will be going for the cheapest 27" model and leave it like that or go for the 21" 2.9I5. But I am wondering what to upgrade then. Should I upgrade to 16 GB RAM OR add the fusion drive?

    E.Is if I want a bigger monitor maybe the 'safest' option

    Apple TBD + Mac mini as the mini i can store in my drawer and the screen is just the screen what can stand in my bedroom without all the vital components in there

    But then I am wondering if I should go for the 2.5 dual core and add the 8 GB ram or should I go for the base quad core model but I only got 4 Gb ram then.
     
  2. nfable macrumors regular

    nfable

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    You list your options as staying with the notebooks, but your dollar will go further in an iMac; since you didn't specify you absolutely need a portable; get the new entry-level iMac w/upgrade to 16gb RAM and Fusion Drive upgrade (from Apple online) which comes to £1459 (~€1761).
     
  3. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

    A Hebrew

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    Yeah, if you do not need to travel go for a speced up iMac 21"...unless you like 27" then the base model is plenty strong too.
     
  4. T5BRICK macrumors 604

    T5BRICK

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    I'd go this route. Do you have an Apple store near? I'd say go take a look at the 27" iMac and see if it feels unstable to you. I know the older models were pretty beefy, I don't think they'd be tipping over unless one of your cats were to throw another cat at it.
     

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