Which 13" macbook pro should I buy?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iwhitney96, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. iwhitney96, Aug 10, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2011

    iwhitney96 macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2011
    I have a $1500 dollar budget for my next Mac. Should I buy the 13" ultimate macbook pro or should I buy the basic 13" macbook pro and put a 120gb mercury pro electra and upgrade it to 8 Gbs of ram?

    * I will be using it for mostly photoshop and video editing.
  2. iStudentUK macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2009
    How are we supposed to know from that? What do you plan to do on it?
  3. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    I would buy the basic and install a SSD and 8GB of RAM.

    Yes, there is a slight difference in performance between the 2.3 i5 and the 2.7 i7 ... However, I seriously doubt the processor will be the bottleneck of any system today.

    I use Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5 extensively ... Your hard drive and RAM will impede performance way before your processor does.
  4. akhbhaat macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2010
  5. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
  6. mhockey91 macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2011
    entry level and update ram

    there just isnt enough of a performance boast from the entry level to the high end and unless your willing to spend a lot of money for an ssd or get a small 128 gb one and store most of your data on an external hard drive
  7. thinkinblue613 macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2010
    Planet Earth
  8. ThaDoggg macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2010
    Peterborough, Canada
    Not really necessary...Apple products are fairly reliable and if you still worry just pay with a credit card that doubles the warranty.
  9. age234 macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2004
    I disagree.

    Apple products are very reliable and I will continue to buy them, but the last three Macs I've owned have needed service under the extended warranty (Macbook expanding battery after 2 1/2 years, iMac G5 and G4 dead logic boards after 2 years). Your mileage will vary of course, but a double warranty from the credit card company wouldn't have helped in my case. (And it's nice to just bring it to Apple and have them fix it for free, versus rigamarole with the credit card company.)

    AppleCare is a must, in my opinion.
  10. macjacky11 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    I would go for SSD plus Ram. Apple care is a must too.

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