Need Help - iMac or MBP w/ Retina

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wiznet, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. wiznet macrumors regular

    May 30, 2012
    Hey guys, I was looking forward to purchasing a new apple computer today, and with the Mac Pro ruled out of the equation, I can now chose between the iMac and the Retina MBP. I understand that this is a bit of an uneven fight, seeing as the iMac missed out on an update (when will it get one? If only we knew..), but try and take it as if the iMac will be updated shortly.

    I'm a student and will be using the computer for CS6, etc.

    However, I have some questions:

    - How will the GPU in the Retina MBP perform in comparison to the current iMac GPU (or suspected updated GPU for the next imac update)? Wouldn't the fact that it has so many more pixels to drive reduce its speed/efficiency? How good is the 650M - good enough for HD work in CS6? Will I notice a significant difference vs. iMac?

    - Can I upgrade RAM in the Retina MBP?

    - Comparing CPU's in the MBP - is it worth upgrading to the 2.6 Ghz model? This computer will be used for many years and I have the money, but is it really worth it?

    - AppleCare (for both imac and MBP) - it's worth it, right? As expensive as it is. Just would like to get general opinions on this.

    Obviously the screen-size is also a factor, but in the future I may be able to get my hands on a thunderbolt display, used for a good price. So I'm not too worried about that.

    Would Retina have a negative impact on graphics performance (significant)? Is it worth just buying a normal MBP? I'm just kind of lost right now...

  2. brbrown1988 macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2012
    You and me both. I will weigh in on Applecare. In my opinion, not worth the cash on a iMac. Unless you do some serious damage to it, most have no trouble in the first three years. Going on two years now without the slightest lick of trouble with my 27".

    As far as what model to buy. I'm going to wait a little longer for the iMac refresh. I've waited too long to give up now.

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