UPGRADE advice - Design Student has c2d 3.06 4mb RAM TO new 15 i7?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rafirafi123, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. rafirafi123 macrumors newbie

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    So I have the top of the line c2d 3.06 500mb 7200 late 2009 machine, 4 gb ram, running the faster graphics card always.

    I am in design school, Masters of Landscape Architecture, and I run (or live in) the Adobe suite, and also use Fusion and Windows 7 for Auto CAD and Rhino. Does the new graphics card and processor mean a big step up in performance for me? OR should I wait another iteration? I could sell my current machine, and withe the ED discount, not have to pay too much more. Plus I would be getting the extra screen real estate.

    But, I would be throwing down a few hundred dollars, dealing with the sale, and swapping machines.

    What kind of performance upgrade is there between the two top end systems running the software that I am? Or would it make sense to just invest in having 8gb RAM?

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Frosties macrumors 6502a

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    You don't mention external 30" screen, those also are student priced.
     
  3. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    I did the jump from 4gb to 8gb and the difference wasn't huge - expect more from the jump to the i7 with an SSD.
     
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I wouldn't imagine there would be such a huge difference, especially since you are currently running a 3.06. I have done some CAD work in win 7 on mine with a 2.4 GHz c2d and only 2 GB RAM, and it worked pretty well, so I don't think you would see a noticeable difference at all. However, if you want a pretty big jump in performance, I would say go for an SSD for your current machine. That would give you much more of a performance boost than going to an i7.
     

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