Ok littl bit of advice needed

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by valiechemicalie, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. valiechemicalie macrumors member

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    Im planning on buying the 2.5GHZ 15" MBP with 7200 RPM harddrive

    BUT im still pending on the video cart question

    256 or 512?

    Will the 512 make a significant diffrence? now or in 4 years?

    I will use the MBP for school stuff en gaming in windows

    I hear about the 512 not using the extra Vram and stuff?
     
  2. steveza macrumors 68000

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    How come do you have a choice of video cards?
     
  3. GRN99EX macrumors member

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    I bought a 15" 2.5GHz with the 250GB HD, and the 512 video card. I think it is an improvement over my old 15" machine. I would go ahead and get the better card.
     
  4. BowZinger macrumors member

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    If you can afford it go for it! If you are looking for the computer to last a while then I would go for it...

    I always say buy as much computer as you can afford!
     
  5. AreanFSL macrumors 6502

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    He doesn't. Either 1999 or 2499 with HD upgrade
     
  6. valiechemicalie thread starter macrumors member

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    Im just wondering is the extra Vram worth the 300 bucks?
     
  7. steveza macrumors 68000

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    Oh I see - thought I was missing something
     
  8. nufanec macrumors regular

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    Eh... you don't have a choice. All the 2.5s have 512 VRAM. On the rest of your post, the better 512 will have you future proofed better than the 256 and will be slightly better for gaming at the moment.
     
  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    It doesn't make a difference now and it won't make a difference in 4 years. You can't upgrade the GPU so the VRAM is pretty useless unless you are driving 4 displays with dual link, which you don't have the connectors for.
     
  10. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I would say yes. In 3 years you'll be happy you did it and if you break that $300 over 36 months it is $8/month :D Go get that 512!
     
  11. sjb macrumors regular

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    I had the make the same hard decision. In the end, I went with the 512M model and couldn't be happier. Remember it isn't just CPU/HD/VRAM, but you also get double the cache, which can help a little. For true comparisons, look at the benchmarks others are posting in this forum.
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Or you could spend that $300 on AppleCare or something.
     
  13. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    This is true, yet debatable. What if nothing goes wrong? And the AppleCare isn't needed. In 3 years you'll have spend the same amount of money and still only have 256 VRAM. I tend to think if anything is going to go wrong with your Mac it will happen under the 1 year warranty, and phone support is something I never need (naturally this is a very subjective comment).
     
  14. pento macrumors member

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    I used to live by this 1-year rule as well--and then my core duo 2ghz MBP's power adapter magsafe connector melted and my right fan died at about the 2 year mark.

    Get the apple care if you want some peace of mind. :)
     
  15. valiechemicalie thread starter macrumors member

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    I wont be getting the apple care I have very good experiences with apple.
    I have multiple machines bought with apple and never had the slightest problem

    Will the 15" be able to power a 24" HD screen?
    I wanne be able to watch movies in HD but the 17" is to big to carry arround college and the 15" does not have a HD screen option

    By the way the diffrence for me is not 300 bucks but 400 euro's wich is 600 bucks
     
  16. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You could wait like 10 months to buy it. From what I learned Apple charges a tiered flat rate to fix computers. $280 for hardware failures (as in they fix all the failures) up to $1200 for accidental damage (basically they replace your machine)
     

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