ProTools, Photoshop CS3 Extended - MBP

hukuma

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Jul 15, 2007
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San Diego, CA
Team - This is my first post. I've searched the forum, and have found TONS of useful info...but, my specific question hasn't been answered.
I'm a Mac user...but am looking to upgrade to a MBP 17 shortly. I'm going to be using ProTools for home studio work and PS CS3 for pix.
So...the question(s) - given that I have limited funds, am I better off with more RAM (upgrade to 4GB) or faster HD drive speed?

I'm looking forward to getting this machine. Hopefully the new iLife doesn't come out right after I buy it...if it does, well...such is life (pun intended).

Thanks
 

RichL

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Jun 15, 2007
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Chicago
I'm gonna have to go with get the better hard drive.
1. They overcharge RAM
2. You have to pay to upgrade hard drives at a certified shop
 

Trillium

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May 24, 2007
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Go with the drive upgrade, unless you're going to be working with exeptionally huge files. 2 gigs is more than enough for most photoshop uses.
 

88Keys

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Jul 10, 2007
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RAM RAM RAM the more ram the better. As for protools you wont need to upgrade the internal drive since you never record to your system drive so I;m sure you'd have an external for that. For photoshop I think the internal should be enough.
 

RichL

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Jun 15, 2007
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Chicago
RAM RAM RAM the more ram the better. As for protools you wont need to upgrade the internal drive since you never record to your system drive so I;m sure you'd have an external for that. For photoshop I think the internal should be enough.
If he wants to waste money on overpriced RAM, be my guest...You can pay like 150-200 bucks for 4GB of RAM instead of the 400 they charge. The hard drive is a good investment because upgrading it yourself voids warrants which forces you to pay for the services of others.
 

88Keys

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Jul 10, 2007
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If he wants to waste money on overpriced RAM, be my guest...You can pay like 150-200 bucks for 4GB of RAM instead of the 400 they charge. The hard drive is a good investment because upgrading it yourself voids warrants which forces you to pay for the services of others.
Oh no I wasnt suggesting him to get the ram from apple.
 

hukuma

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Jul 15, 2007
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San Diego, CA
Thanks

Thanks for the responses...indeed, I'll be writing to an external drive for ProTools, but would like to use the internal for pictures.
BTW, I should have mentioned that I wouldn't buy the extra RAM from Apple. I was thinking about ordering from Crucial...as I've heard / read good things.
 

WorldIRC

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Sep 25, 2005
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For storage for ProTools I urge you to go external....grab an eSata card and go from there! It'll perform just like an internal drive!