Which 2012 MacBook is right for me?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Acterveld, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. Acterveld macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I've been looking into buying a laptop for the next school year, and then for a computer science degree in September 2013.

    I've decided I'd like (my first) MacBook, however I'm torn on the decisions and what is suitable for a comp sci degree in terms of processing power.

    Keep in mind, I currently have a windows desktop I built my self with the current specs:
    Intel i7 2600k 3.4 ghz (with an OC profile for 4.2)
    8GB 1600mhz RAM, easily upgradable.
    Nvidia GTX570 (one day a 680)
    64GB OS SSD
    1TB caviar black HDD
    1TB external.


    On this PC I mainly play games, browse the web, email, Facebook etc. all the normal stuff.

    I plan to take this to Uni with me but I also want something to take around for a pleasant efficient experience for basic tasks, and my desktop can be my gaming machine.

    Originally I looked at the retina MBP but the lack of user customisation worries me as I really want to get life out of it, plus it may be a little over kill.


    As for my budget I can always save a little more so don't worry, I just want a MacBook for browsing the web, PowerPoint / word, social networking, reddit, then programming once I start Uni although I'll also use my desktop and school work station and just Dropbox them all to share files.

    What would you guys suggest? Will a mac feel sluggish compare to my desktops SSD? Would it be worth buying a low end 15" with high res display then upgrading as I go along?

    HELP!

    also sorry for the formatting I'm on my phone
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Even a refurbished Mac notebook would suit your needs perfectly fine. Programming doesn't require the latest and greatest in terms of CPU power.
     
  3. Acterveld thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was thinking that but as I can get a 15% university discount through a friend surely I should make the most of that?

    Thanks
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Sure. It's up to you of course; but I don't think you should feel any obligation to spend past the basic options. 4 GB RAM and the standard processors will be fine for you.
     
  5. Acterveld thread starter macrumors newbie

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    13" or 15"? I heard 13"s resolution makes it feel very crowded on the pro.
     
  6. jaguar451 macrumors member

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    Portability or screen real estate on the go? Honestly sounds like a 13" Air or Pro would meet your needs. Air is lighter with higher screen resolution; pro has faster CPU, more ports, a bit more expandabiliy (add an SSD as well as aftermarket RAM.)
     

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