Upgrade MBP (8GB, SSD) or go iMac 27" i7 ?

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  1. Macfr3d macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I code alot on a 2.26Ghz 13" MBP (4gb ram, 7200rpm disk) w/ 1920x1200 pixel external monitor and often get frustrated at the slomo that kicks in when I run out of memory or cpu load goes ballistic because i have too many vm's running and files open while i zap through my virtual desktops (in search of that one window from earlier) like it's the wheel of fortune.

    Soo, which would be the better option to get a more responsive system? Do I need an ssd + more ram, or a faster cpu (more cores) alltogether? The toy .. err machine will be used for work most of the time (80%) rest for surfing and some photostuff. Options:

    1. upgrade to 8GB of mem and/or buy an ultra fast X-25M SSD 160GB (i dont use bootcamp)
    2. buy a new shiny 27" iMac base model (with i7) at 5x the cost and stick in another 8GB of mem (=12gb total)?

    I dont see myself getting an imac with ssd because I have to draw the $$$ line somewhere.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Try the RAM upgrade first, it looks like you do a lot multitasking and VMs eat a lot RAM.
     
  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    The SSD will make a big increase in speed. I'd stick an OWC SSD in there in addition to increasing the RAM.
     
  4. Macfr3d thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the replies, ... damn I wish you talked me into an i7 ;)
     
  5. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    No one is stopping you from getting the iMac. ;) Although money-wise, it is wiser to see if the upgrades will satiate your needs first.
     
  6. Macfr3d thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well the question really is which of the two options would give me the most responsive system for my usage profile. 8gb ram + ssd on c2d @ 2.2Ghz or 12gb ram + without ssd on quadcore i7 @ 2.9ghz.
     
  7. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    If you run several VMs and run out of memory, then a new iMac with some extra RAM give the far best performance!
    The core i7 also have hyperthreading and VT-x/VT-d, which increases speed on virtual environments.
     
  8. Macfr3d thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ah ok! one more question: does the HT come to live automagicaly or do I need an application to supports it? for example when I run paralles desktop I can assign the number of cores a vm is allowed to use . say if I set it to two, does this mean that I assiged two real or virtual cores ... or does the OS select this automticaly depending on cpu usage or sth?
     
  9. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    The Mac with the SSD will probably feel a lot more responsive. Applications will launch nearly instantly and the startup time will halve. Sure the processor is overall slower, but the disk related activities will even it out. A SSD will make a huge difference.
     

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