Which 15" MBP should I get?

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  1. TiffanyBee macrumors member

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    I'm sure this thread is overdone but any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    I currently have a Dell XPS M1530 with 2.5 GHz core 2 duo, NVIDA 8600 (I'm pretty sure), 4GB Ram, & 250 GB of RAM.

    Should I get the baseline MBP or should I get the 2.53 GHz one? How much faster is the i5? I know how fast a Mac is so I know any new MBP I get will be significantly faster than my current laptop but I want to know which one would be worth it.
     
  2. gaselectric macrumors newbie

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    Well its really hard to answer your question without knowing more information about your intended usage. The Core 2 Duo processor isn't a slouch but the i5/i7 do shine when you are running processor intensive applications or processes (i.e. encoding a video in Handbrake).

    And when you compare the baseline MBP, are you referring to the 13" MBP? Speed-wise, the i5 MBP (which only comes in 15"+) is quicker, but for casual internet browsing, email, etc., its not noticeably so. More importantly, is the extra screen real-estate important to you? Do you ever envision yourself pushing your computer to the limit (i.e. encoding)?
     
  3. djasterix macrumors 6502a

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    The isn't much difference between the two i5s (2,4 vs 2,53), so just get the base 15" and you'll be more than fine
     
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  5. TiffanyBee thread starter macrumors member

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    I do want the 15" and I think the 17" is too much for a "notebook".

    The things I'll be doing on my laptop include photoshop & probably some usage in final cut studio. Most likely some games as well.

    I think sticking to the baseline of the 15" is a good idea too. Thanks for your help!
     
  6. Meever macrumors 6502a

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    You might want to consider the resolution bump if you're going to do video editing it might be worth the extra 100 dollars.... but then again you could always get a Really nice 23" monitor for like 150-200 these days, that more than doubles your screen space....
     
  7. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    IMO, the base 15 is the best bang-for-the-buck in the MBP lineup right now...
     
  8. TiffanyBee thread starter macrumors member

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    I concur, Ronnoco. A lot of my friends have been telling me that & I think I will go with the 15".

    I have a 21.5" iMac so I think I'm okay on the monitor size. I'm going to be lugging this thing (the 15") around campus at school, wouldn't really want that extra 2 inches.
     

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