New Macbook Pro spec opinion

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Dtp8513, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. Dtp8513 macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2010
    I am going to get the new MBP today with the following specs:
    # 2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
    # 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    # 256GB Solid State Drive
    # SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    # MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display

    What would you change? I was considering spending more to get the 500g or possibly 8 gig ram. I use the computer for basic purposes, but plan on using photoshop now.
  2. Tiki35 macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2009
    Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada
    I would not buy the RAM or SSD from Apple. I would buy them from third-party retailers for much cheaper (and faster for the SSD) and install them myself.
  3. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Definitely get the ram from somewhere else. The prices to upgrade from apple are highway robbery. 8 gb ram is cheap nowadays.
  4. axu539 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2010
    Save yourself a lot of money. Don't buy the ram and ssd from Apple as they are MUCH cheaper and faster elsewhere. Also, I'd recommend against the processor upgrade, as 2 mb extra cache and .1 GHz extra click speed are noth worth $250 imo. Since you're just using photoshop, you'd hardly see a difference either.
  5. Dtp8513 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2010
    Im not very computer savy- is it difficult to install an SSD drive?
  6. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
    the edu price of the 256gb ssd from apple is 450 while the 240gb from owc is 500+ .. i know the owc is way faster

    i dont think i can go back to not using an ssd .. 90 for the 128gb ssd is a nice price but hardly any space
  7. axu539 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2010
    It'll literally take you 10 minutes tops. I think Apple even has a tutorial on the support site.
  8. Dtp8513 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2010
    Thanks.. I really appreciate all the feedback. I think the route im going to go is the lower processor, the 256 SSD, and the 4 gig ram.. the prices i saw for the other SSDs online werent THAT much cheaper, id pay a bit extra to have it preinstalled...

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