Which 15" for graphic designer using Adobe CS4 or CS5

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dcellere, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. dcellere macrumors newbie

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    I have taken the plunge as a freelance graphic designer and need to purchase a new laptop. I am planning on buying a 15" MacBookPro, along with an inexpensive larger monitor for my office.

    Is there a big difference in the Intel Core i5 and i7 that would be necessary for me?

    Also - with regard to the grpahics card, is the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256MB ok for my use, or would the 512MB be necessary? I am thinking that 256 is fine for my purposes, but I am not sure.

    Should I increase the memory to 8GB rather than 4GB? I would likely be running Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign simultaneously.

    Thank you!
     
  2. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    Yes increase the RAM, yes get a better Graphics card, no I think you'll be fine with the i5. It's a standup processor, should be able to perform well enough for PS, ID and IL. More RAM is always useful, especially if you're dragging and dropping things between applications/documents. The dedicated graphics card is always a plus.
     
  3. Rithem macrumors 6502

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  4. andalusia macrumors 68030

    andalusia

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    Ha, I'll bet it works great. But what applications do you use?
     
  5. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    moar ram

    photoshop illustrator and indesign gobble up ram as if they had the munchies after enjoying some illicit drugs and/or herb.
     

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