Switching To Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Ahmer50, May 5, 2011.

  1. Ahmer50 macrumors newbie

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    Hey Guys,

    I'm buying a macbook pro for my son, and have some questions, as it is our first mac. I'm not very tech savvy, but he is.

    His Needs:

    15+ inch screen
    i7 Processor
    Discrete graphics

    Budget:

    Below 2500 with applecare AFTER a f&f 15% off.

    Uses:

    HD Video Editing
    Photo Editing
    Gaming
    Spreadsheets
    Word Documents
    Powerpoints
    Media Hub

    I'm currently looking at the higher end $2199 mbp. Any advice on upgrades to get or services, software, etc? Also, iWork or Office?

    Thanks,

    Ahmer
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Higher MBP is great for HD video editing.

    Does he need high resolution screen in glossy or Antiglare?

    Get 8GB of RAM yourself.
     
  3. trip1ex macrumors 68000

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  4. talmy macrumors 601

    talmy

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    +1 on this.

    He should know what he does and doesn't want more than anyone here. Tell him the budget and let him figure it out.
     
  5. bagoborealis, May 6, 2011
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    bagoborealis macrumors newbie

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    Maybe it is going to be a surprise :eek:

    I think the high end 15" would be ideal if it needs to be portable, otherwise the 17" for that extra screen when editing HD movies.
     
  6. Maddix macrumors member

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    Get a MacBook Pro 15" with the Hi-Res Antiglare Display. Even though I prefer a glossy screen for causal use, my wife's 15" anti-glare MBP has more accurate color rendition than my glossy 13" MBP.
     
  7. trip1ex, May 6, 2011
    Last edited: May 6, 2011

    trip1ex macrumors 68000

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    I considered that, but it didn't sound like it. He already had some pretty specific requirements from his son.

    Anyway just giving a $2200 MBP with Apple care is more than enough in my world. I don't think you'd get any complaints.

    Extra software depends on the user's preference. As do many of the upgrades.

    I guess if you wanted to bump up against the $2500 budget after 15% discount then put a SSD in the thing for an extra $500. But you can do that after market too.
     

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