Value in High end vs Low end MBP C2D

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fred_garvin, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. fred_garvin macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2003
    I'm comparing the two MBP models and the upgrades to the 2499 model don't seem like much value for $500. If that model had the 160 Gig hard drive, I'd go for it, but with a stick of ram being $175, that's $325 for just a tiny CPU boost and some vram.

    I don't game much at all on the notebook. Is there any need to the extra vram?

    For Leopard effects, ala Time Machine?
    For driving a 30" monitor? (I know both will, but will the low end MBP drive that monitor poorly/slowly)

    I am a programmer. Only video/graphics I do is in iLife.
  2. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Low end will suit you fine. The extra VRAM comes in handy when driving a display AND playing games on it as well. Aperture also does better with extra VRAM. Otherwise nothing major.
  3. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    Hey Fred-
    Given what you do, chances are that you probably will never have use for the higher-end GPU. Unless you're really into gaming, or, as me, into image analysis (large tiff stacks), you won't need it. Get the lower-end MBP, and, if you need it later on, get another stick of RAM from Crucial. You won't notice a difference in it driving a 30".
  4. tekmoe macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2005
    bought the low-end. will use the $500 i saved to buy more RAM and other goodies. more vram and .17ghz just doesn't cut it.
  5. The Shady macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    Hey fred. I am a developer/student. I bought the low end with the 160GB HDD. I'll throw in a gig of RAM in a month or two. I don't game much, but when I do, the 128MB should be more than good enoough for me. I say go for the low end and spend the diffrence on RAM and a good case. Cheers
  6. ZildjianKX macrumors 68000


    May 18, 2003
    I totally agree with you. Definitely a good idea :)
  7. fred_garvin thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2003
    Unfortunately, without a student discount, I can't justify buying direct from Apple and doing a CTO.

    If I buy from Amazon or MacConnection:

    No Sales Tax, save ~$150
    Mail in Rebate, $150
    3% Amazon CC rebate or free Parallels ($60 - $75 value).

    So that $100 HD upgrade comes in at $460 instead. (MacConnection even stocks the glossy as a stock model for people who want that.)

    OWC offers a rebate when you buy a new HD and send them the swapped out (Brand new) Apple HD. If only the new MBP had the easy swap hard drives that the MB has.
  8. TaylorB macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2006
    If I have the lower end MacBook Pro with 1.5GB of RAM do you guys think it will play Second Life (the game) well on a 30" ACD? I've been wanting to get one but this information has really started to scare me.
  9. Clydefrog macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2006
    hard to say, it should the extra ram in the high-end card will help, but only by a maybe 5-10 FPS maybe

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