Old 2.8C2D 17inch or New i5 15inch for my needs

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  1. rebel0815 macrumors newbie

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    Hello everybody,

    maybe you can help me.
    My mind blows when I try to decide to whether get a new 15 inch 2.4 i5 with 256mb 330m or the older 2.8 C2D 17 inch with 512mb 9600gt and 1920x1280 screen resolution.

    I'd like to use the MBP most for Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, doing some H264 Encoding and maybe for some games...

    If somebody could give me a clue... that really would be great.


    Kind regards,


    Michael
     
  2. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    sounds like what you are doing is downgrading
     
  3. 7000user macrumors newbie

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    Indeed, I should go for a higher end 15 inch with at least the HI res if you're allready considering buying a 17' inch with 1920 x 1200..
     
  4. rebel0815 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well... the old 17 inch 2.8 C2D with High Res costs the same as the standart 2.4 i5 15 inch MBP.

    Right at the moment I use a 13 inch 2.53MBP 2009 at work...

    So I'm looking for a MBP for my private needs...
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I would get 15" 2.4GHz i5 with hi res screen. 17" is slower and bigger and the resolution isn't that much better than hi res 15".
     
  6. 7000user macrumors newbie

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    I Agree, since it's for your private needs, a 2,4GHz i5 will suit you fine, still also recommending the Hi res screen

    Edit: I don't know about the graphics card, pherhaps the extra 256 mb on the i7 15" would be better, but I think someone else should advise you on that on.
     
  7. King Apple macrumors regular

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    I personally am not a fan of high res screens, but in your case a base 15" 2.4 ghz should be plenty.
     
  8. Hellhammer Moderator

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    The extra VRAM helps in some high-end video editing apps and in games, especially ones with lots of or large textures, but it anyway gives like extra 5 FPS, not more.

    330M is still better, no matter is it 256MB or 512MB
     
  9. Kristine macrumors 6502a

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    I would view the 15" hi-res screen in person if you can. I went from 2009 13" 2.53 MBP and wanted the 15" 2.4 with hi-res screen, but the fonts hurt my eyes so I ended up with the standard resolution.
     
  10. gent11 macrumors newbie

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    my poor eyes... ahhhh, ahhhh, what a bs, dont be a sissy :)
    2.4 i5, HR Anti-Glare is the right way to go :) 17" is bulkier and slower than 15".
     
  11. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The activities you posted will benefit from the faster i5 processor and the faster GPU (notably Photoshop's OpenGL options and if you use Premiere it can use the GPU for encoding).

    However as you are relunctant to purchase the increased display upgrade on the 15" model, you will have to compromised on the decreased display resolution.
     
  12. rebel0815 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hello guys...

    thanks for your advices.

    Right now, I have no idea... I'm thinking bout getting the 17inch 1920x1200 screen is better for Photoshop and InDesign just because of the resolution.

    So far, right now I have a 13inch mbp 2.53 2009 MBP at work for these jobs, just with extra Monitor.


    Kind regards,

    Michael
     
  13. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Well, it's portability versus resolution. Do you want it to be more portable (15") or to have the better resolution (17")?

    You can always connect it to a monitor too, so it's up to you
     
  14. rebel0815 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well,
    I don't mind about the portabilty.
    I'm just thinking about if the better CPU and Graphics Card in the new 15 inch MBP has more worth for me than the High Res 17inch in the old 2.8 C2D.

    I guess I'm going to get my hands on both MBP to see which fits me most.
     
  15. rebel0815 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just to let you know..
    I'm just awaiting my new 15 inch i5 MBP.

    Thanks for your help guys!
     
  16. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    I have the same machine so I know you won't regret that decision, it's a great machine!
     

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