What is the ideal setup/build(?) for a rMBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PJ-Graphix, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. PJ-Graphix macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2012
    • 2.6GHz vs 2.7GHZ... i dont see too much of a difference to justify $250
    • 8GB vs 16GB... a no brainer as upgrading is impossible after, id go with the 16G
    • 512GB Flash Storage vs 768GB Flash Storage.... idk if its worth the $500. how important is the flash storage? is it necessary. will i regret not opting for it? are there alternatives.
    • USB SuperDrive... at this point i am highly considering it as i have software that require an optical drive to be installed to the computer....
    • ThunderBolt Display... while it would be nice, that pricetag is killing me. yes, i am a graphic artist and animator and a big screen would be nice, however i think i can do fine without a big screen until i upgrade to the 2012/13 imac... if it ever comes out.... :/
    • AppleCare... another given... i have horrible luck with machines... i cant afford to have something so expensive break on me...

    So what is everybody's preference when it comes to how to order these? what is necessary and what is not? i will be using it for graphic design, 2d flash animations and hopefully creating flash games with actionscript 3.0, and hope to get into creating game apps for ipod/ipad/iphone.
  2. beamer8912 macrumors 65816

    May 30, 2009
    You can buy an external optical drive for $20 off of amazon or newegg. The superdrive is not worth $80.
  3. arashb macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2009
    Geekbench shows:
    2.6 GHz at 11660
    2.7 GHz at 12225

    And 2.3 at 10900 if you were interested.

    See what your current setup ranks at and go from there.

    Flash memory is a type of storage. It's like SSD but smaller, it is upgradeable but not as common as SSDs. So look on your computer see how much space you're taking and see if that's enough for a laptop. I'm on a 128 GB SSD always wishing I had more space :p.

    To me it seems like you're actually qualified for the retina MBP since your job depends on looking at a screen. Most people here have it to go on Facebook. I'd suggest in getting the 512 GB flash memory and using the extra money for a USB 3.0 drive or the new thunderbolt hard drive adapter, if that's any good.
  4. su0301 macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2012

    I choose 2.7GHz instead of 2.6GHz, because I need to run computing software on it. 16G is an obviously right choice. I didn't choose 768G because I have a NAS that gives me enough storage capacity (18,000G). In fact, the $500 difference between 512G and 768G allows you to buy a decent NAS. USB optical drive may be needed, but the reviews on the Super Drive were low. Will definitely buy a Thunderbolt display (maybe two). AppleCare is a no brainer too for a computer at this level.
  5. lazer155, Jul 25, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2012

    lazer155 macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    The configuration I chose was 2.6ghz/16gb memory/512gb ssd with apple care. I didn't get a thunderbolt display or superdrive. I was considering the superdrive or a drive from amazon but remembered that you can share cd-drives so I went with that option and didn't buy one.
  6. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    So much of what you should order has to do with what apps you are running, how much storage you need in the machine, and how long you plan to keep the rMBP. As a photographer I want max SSD to capture weeks of shots in the field. I want enough horsepower to edit using LR plus plugging. Also I want the machine to last at least through Apple Care. So my rMBP is ordered maxed out.

    But 756GB is a joke for long term storage where I have TBs of photo files...etc. So once I get home with the photographs and edit them, they will be moved to LaCie Big6 (setup up as a 3TB RAID 1 pair) with backup up to 3TB Time Capsule.
  7. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I rarely do this, but;

  8. HighEndMac macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2011
    Went all out with the 2.7/16/768

    Need the large SSD for portability other than that its a bit over kill but whatever.

    The most sensible set-up is probably the 2.6/16/512
  9. Lvivske macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2011
    my thoughts exactly
  10. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    I bought the 768GB model because I run browsers.
  11. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I went with the base model, because the higher CPU speeds are not really increasing the performance that much. The price that apple charges for the 512gb SSD is ridiculously expensive and I can wait until OWC offers a SSD upgrade for the rMBP. I did go for the 16gb of ram, since its hardwired.

    This imo, is the ideal setup. Not over paying for a higher clock rate CPU that doesn't really give you much of a bump in speed and not paying through the nose for the SSD upgrade.

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