ok, decided to get the macbook pro instead of imac but some upgrade questions

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by CallMeZsaZsa, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. CallMeZsaZsa macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2009
    I'm a total newbie when it comes to apple and I don't know anything about computer insides......

    I've been thinking about the 13" or the 15" and am trying to figure out what I actually need. I know I read that several people were getting the base 13" and would later upgrade to an additional 4GB of RAM and a 7200RPM HD. Is that realistically something I could do myself and would that save a decent amount of money to make it worth the work?

    Also, the middle 15" has DIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 256MB.....where as the base 15 and both 13s only have the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics. Im not a gamer but I hope to get into photoshop and want to know if I need the dual GPU or if the 9400 is enough.

    Thanks for the help :)
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Yes, you def. could.

    Get the 15".
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    9400m will be enough for basic to advanced Photoshop manipulation.
    I do it with 12MP RAW footage from my dSLR all the time, although using the 9600gt from time to time speeds up the processing a little bit.

    To manually updating your MBP yourself - doable when you're good with screwing.
    It's the guide for the 17-inch, but the same principles should apply.
  4. CallMeZsaZsa thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2009

    I may get the 13 and later add a monitor ---then Id have great portability yet a large screen for at home working. Or I may just go with the 15" . (I currently have a 17" Sony vaio that is fairly new and I plan on keeping this too and do like having a large screen).

    As far as the RAM and the HD, are there any certain brands to look at?

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