Upgrade A base 13" or stick with a high end 13"?

Zwikker

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May 28, 2012
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Is there that big of a performance difference between those two?
How about getting a base 13" then upgrade it's ram to 16gb and it's HDD to a 256gb SSD?
Instead of spending $400 difference I can just spend that money to rocket base model's specs right? What do ya think? *I'll be using my mac for those engineering softwares such as cad, solid, etc.
 
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Martialis

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Nobody can give any meaningful answer without any idea of what you want the laptop for.

If you are going to watch youtube videos, check webcomics and do email than no, probably not.

If you are planning to use your computer for medical research data processing, then yes, you might want to upgrade.
 

samac92

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Feb 18, 2008
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Get the base model. More than enough. The processor difference is not noticeable.
 

samac92

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So the difference between an i5 and i7 is not noticable?
Only if you did something like a long video encode and had a stopwatch, you may notice 10% difference. In day to day use it's unnoticeable, save the money and get the base model I say.
 
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mohsy90

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Like I was saying in the other thread. $300 is not worth the processor upgrade. You will not notice a difference. Use that $300 you save to upgrade the ram to 16GB and buy a 256SSD.
 

Mizzou02RS

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I had some money to burn so I opted for the high-end MBP 13" with a BTO 1TB drive. I need the hard drive space for what I do, so it was the better buy for me.
 

Zwikker

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May 28, 2012
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Morgantown, WV
Yeah I remember talkin to you before man. You pretty much knew what you needed your device for and went for it! It took me a while to make my mind but I think I'll go with a base and rocket it up a little:) If I can spend a couple extra then won't say no to an high end of course.
We'll see:)
I had some money to burn so I opted for the high-end MBP 13" with a BTO 1TB drive. I need the hard drive space for what I do, so it was the better buy for me.
 

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