Which 13" MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by matteconcepts3d, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. matteconcepts3d macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2008
    Hi all,

    I have a mac pro with a 30" screen at home that I use for work; I do a lot of photoshop and 3d work.

    I'm looking to grab a small, portable laptop, and have my eyes on the new 13" mac book pros.

    The question is, should I go with the 2.26Ghz/2GB version for $1200, or the 2.53GHz/4GB version for $1500? Seems to me, that since ram is so cheap, it may be wise to get the 'slower' machine and just upgrade to 4GB of ram.

    Note: this will not be my 'production' machine, so it doesn't need to be incredibly fast, just support photoshop, and emergency 3d stuff - but mainly just photoshop.



  2. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2008
    lots of threads on this already. go with the 2.2GHz version as it is a lot cheaper and the only real difference you're paying for is the extra 200mhz or so. everything else can be upgraded for cheaper than what apple charges.
  3. qpid macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2004
    Close there are lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of threads about this :)

    Short answer: the proc cannot be upgrade the hd and ram can, so base your decision on that.
  4. matteconcepts3d thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2008
    Sorry for the redundancy, fuzzielitlpanda -

    I figured that was the way to go, thanks -

  5. ColinEC macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2008
    Since it isn't going to be your main Potatoshopping computer, and the small 270MHz processor increase won't do too much, go for the 2.26GHz. The lower-end MacBook Pro will do just fine.

    You could upgrade to an additional 4GB of RAM and a 7200RPM HD (both 3rd party) to save money (rather than going for the 2.53GHz).
  6. matteconcepts3d thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2008
    Thanks, ColinEC - why the HD upgrade?
  7. eVolcre macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2003
    More room, faster speed. 7200 rpm vs 5400 rpm stock


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