Upgrading From Late 2006 White iMac...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Austin M., Mar 29, 2014.

  1. Austin M. macrumors 6502a

    Austin M.

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    I've searched through the forums for a little bit and couldn't find a lot of resolution for my particular situation.

    Anyway, I'm looking to upgrade my ancient white iMac (late 2006 model with 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and upgraded 3GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM) and need some advice on which laptop to get.

    My budget is about $1300-$1400 as I'm going off to college and need a computer for school and a computer than I can connect a second display too for at home. I'm looking at either the MacBook Air (the most expensive model) or the MacBook Pro with Retina Display (the least expensive $1299 model). I'll be doing a bit of gaming, not super heavy, and will be using Final Cut Pro X to edit my tech and audio videos, and just everyday basic tasks.

    What's the best for me? Mostly worried about speed and power. Thanks!
     
  2. fig macrumors 6502a

    fig

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    Neither one has a dedicated graphics card so the gaming performance will be similar, though the MBP does have the updated Iris graphics which will make it a bit faster there.

    As they've both got SSDs I'd go with the MBP, the more powerful CPU will benefit you a bit more when it comes to video and graphics work.
     
  3. east85 macrumors 65816

    east85

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    If you want speed and power definitely go with the MBP over the Air.
     
  4. comda macrumors 6502a

    comda

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    i would most defiantly go for the macbook pro. The air is GREAT for students/business men looking for a long lasting battery, speed, lightweight and very portable, but sadly it wasnt designed for gaming as the on board graphics is only a intel Hd 4000 i think? and being very thin and small cooling while gaming could be an issue. With the macbook pro you have much for graphics power, better cooling system and a faster laptop overall.
     

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