What MBP to buy?

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  1. mandobaron, Apr 26, 2015
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    mandobaron macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    My old MBP finally bit the dust and it's time for an upgrade. I am undecided between the following models:

    Maxed out crystalwell 15" on MacMall for $2400
    http://www.macmall.com/p/Apple-MacBook-Pro/product~dpno~9824842~pdp.ieeafbh

    Maxed out new 13" Broadwell MBP from apple store with edu discount for $2650

    I do a lot of video editing (1080p @ 50mbps in iMovie) and audio recording (currently GarageBand, but perhaps a higher end DAW in the future?), and maintain a large iTunes library on my computer (~400GB in mostly lossless).

    The screen size isn't the biggest issue, because I am hooked up to an external monitor when I am at home.

    My main requirements are the 1TB HD and a speedy enough system to do all my video and audio editing.

    Is one of these computers a clear winner, or is there something else I should be looking at?

    Thanks,
    Baron
     
  2. Meister Suspended

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    Both will work, but for video editing I recommend the 15".

    Wtf is Crystalwell :confused:
     
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  4. mandobaron, Apr 26, 2015
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    mandobaron thread starter macrumors newbie

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    External HD instead?

    Follow up questions:

    Could a baseline 13 inch Early 2015 MBP do what I want? 8gb RAM, Iris 6100 graphics, and 128gb HD. I could buy an external HD that I would keep attached all the time.

    I don't really know what sort of specs I absolutely need for the kind of work I do.

    Looks like that big internal SSD is what really brings the price up.

    If I went for a 128 or 256 internal and bought a big external drive, would a cheap USB 3.0 drive be able to keep up with my video editing needs? Looks like you can get 1TB USB 3.0 drives for around 60 bucks. sure beats the $500 upgrade from 512 to 1TB internal...

    Thanks,
    Baron
     
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    I have a 13" rmbp with 256gb and I use external hdds for video and photo editing. I can tell you that an hdd will slow you down. Always better to go from ssd if possible.
     
  6. blaine07 macrumors 65816

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    I personally just ordered a external SSD USB 3.0 enclosure and a Samsung 250gb ssd drive. I'm hoping it's my solution for some extra storage. Also have some storage on home network(that can be accessed on/off network). Unsure about exact speeds, but works for me.
     
  7. inhalexhale1 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. Go with the entry 15" and upgrade to the 1TB option. It's roughly the same as your budget, at least for the maxed new 13". You'll get a better processor and graphics with the larger MacBook.
     
  8. mandobaron thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone, Looks like the 15 inch is the way to go.

    Also, I think people caught this, but I meant Broadwell for the 13, not haswell. My mistake. I have updated the original post
     

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