Please help me select an upgrade

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AsDubsRaiders, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. AsDubsRaiders macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2013
    I'll try to make this quick, I currently have

    Early 2008 13" Macbook Black
    2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    Intel GMA X3100 144MB

    I am looking to get one of the new 2013 model announced today.

    13" MacBook Pro Retina
    2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    8GB 1600MHz memory
    256GB PCIe-based flash storage
    Intel Iris Graphics


    13" MacBook Pro Retina
    2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
    16GB 1600MHz memory
    256GB PCIe-based flash storage
    Intel Iris Graphics


    15" MacBook Pro Retina
    2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    8GB 1600MHz memory
    256GB PCIe-based flash storage
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics
    upgrade to 16GB memory for another $200?

    Main use: Email, Safari, Netflix, video converting to use on my aTV3, trying to get into web designing (Dream Weaver so far), edit photos/videos, not too heavy video game use (maybe Steam)

    Main questions:
    i5 dual-core vs i7 dual-core vs i7 quad-core?
    8GB vs 16GB?
    Intel Iris Graphics vs Intel Iris Pro Graphics ?

    I love the 13" size, some traveling but I won't mind the 15".
    Thank you all for your inputs!
  2. koban4max macrumors 68000

    Aug 23, 2011
    get the highest can't upgrade with retina models.
  3. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    The differences among these choices is far smaller than the difference between the lowest model and you black MB! But as the other poster says, buy as much as you can since nothing can be upgraded later.

    You won't get much advantage from the quad core except for video work, and the better graphics won't matter except for games.
  4. AsDubsRaiders thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2013
    Thanks for the advice!
    Been reading what seems like endless post of what one should get, and I've decided on 13" i7 16gig 256hd.

    I am ready to see the huge gain difference between my 2008 and this long awaited update.
  5. Per G, Oct 24, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2013

    Per G macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2009
    Will you be doing your photo editing in the field or at home?
    I do most of my editing in the field to meet tight deadlines, and the extra display real estate of the 15" is well worth the extra money.
    All the menus and pulldowns in Aperture or Lightroom can leave very little room left for photos on a 13".

    If you edit mainly at home, consider an extra display to connect to the computer.

    Edit: sorry, please disregard. I was reading another posting too, where the poster was getting into photography.

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