What MBP should i buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by giganten, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. giganten macrumors 6502a

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    Hello!

    I will now buy my first Mac, I will go for the new MBP 15".
    But i need little help what i should buy.
    I will use it for Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Maya and maybe some windows games.

    I choose between this:

    1: 15" 2,2ghz standard model + 20" cinema display.

    2: 15" 2,2ghz 4gb ram.

    3: 15" 2,2ghz 2gb ram 160gb hdd 7200rpm.

    and last standard 15" 2.4ghz model.

    I did also look on this backpack from Brenthaven.
     
  2. guitarman282 macrumors newbie

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    In my opinion, 2GB RAM is extremely fast. I think that 2GB is plenty.
     
  3. giganten thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah option 1 is looking best right now. I can change the cinema display to a 20" display from dell and save some money too.
    Anyone else have anything to say?
     
  4. wallaby macrumors 6502

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    I'd consider the third option (the upper-tier 15in). While an external display and extra RAM can be bought later, you won't ever be able to upgrade the video card or processor to the upper-tier's specifications. Also be on the lookout for rebates on Dell monitors; they use the same guts as Apple cinema displays but can be had for hundreds less. Check www.dealsofamerica.com, they display Dell deals when they're available.
     
  5. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Are ACD's Dell's in disguise? .....:confused: :confused:

    FJ
     
  6. wallaby macrumors 6502

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    Actually Dells and ACDs both use Samsung guts, just different enclosures/ports.
     
  7. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Cheers, thanks for that info.

    I wish I had known that before buying my 23" ACD :(

    FJ
     
  8. A Pittarelli macrumors 6502

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    the base line mbp is a great value and the topped 15 looks very tempting, i would get a 17 though, too big for my needs
     
  9. andresrw macrumors member

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    I'm deciding what to buy to...i use the same programs and this is what i decide it:

    I going to buy the 15" at 2,2 as it is.
    this because:
    1. I have a 160 gb usb 2.0 External HardDrive
    2. I found 2gb dimms for $123 to $160 (so 4gb for $246!!! and this doent avoid warranty
    3. I have a 32" LCD from samsung.
    4. I dont do hardcore gaming for needing 256 mb of video.

    so...
     
  10. dodong macrumors member

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    My only issue is with item #3. It seems the 15" models only come with 120gb hdd. If you opt for 160gb, then 17" is the one to go for as far as I know. The models that I know are Apple 15.4 MacBook Pro 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo MA609LLA and Apple 15.4" Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo (MA610LLA). Their difference is in the speed of the processor, 2.16GHz and 2.33GHz respectively.
     
  11. Membrain macrumors member

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    been sleeping for a couple of days? Check out the new MBPro models updated on Tuesday.
     
  12. Aniej macrumors 68000

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    option 2 is a winner. i would also get a different translation program while you are at it.;)
     
  13. seany916 macrumors 6502

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    Option 3 w/ a Dell 24" screen.

    Why would you go from 15 to 20? 24 or 23 is pretty nice. 30 is great for multiple windows open, but 23 or 24 is good enough.
     
  14. tango554 macrumors member

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    I agree. Unless you need to impress a client or are anal about your apple products matching, the Dell is just fine for personal use. My studio uses all 30"cinema displays in the area clients see, and a random assortment of lcds in the back.
     
  15. giganten thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  16. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

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    congrats

    i was going to say that the faster HDD would've helped you, then go for processor upgrade, then RAM

    but u got a sweet comp nonetheless;)
     
  17. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Actually the ACDs use LG panels.
     

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