Which MacBook Pro (New 2010 version) model 15" should i buy? Puzzled about Hard drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Chains, May 18, 2010.

  1. Chains macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    I am going to purchase a MBP(The new unibody one), but i dont quite know which one to buy.
    I am sure that i want a 15'', but im not sure which i5 processor to get.
    The thing is that there is a 2.4GHz version and a 2.53GHz Version. The only difference i am worried about is the hard drive and its rotational speed. Also, i want one that will last me quite long.
    The 2.4GHz version has 320GB HDD @ 5400rpm, but if you want to upgrade to 500GB @ 7200rpm, it costs 1050. But on the other hand, the 2.53 GHz one, if you want to upgrade from its default 500GB@5400rpm to 500GB @ 7200rpm, its only 350. Which do you think i should buy.

    I will be using it mainly for general purposes as well as using a few of the adobe softwares such as Photoshop, Aftereffects, Flash and maybe a few more. I rarely play games. Also use in school for IT. Can you please advise me what to buy, and if possible propose me some specs? NOTE: I GET STUDENT DISCOUNT SO STARTING PRICES OF 2.4GHZ VERSION IS 12988, AND 2.53 VERSION IS 14088

    Also, or can i simply buy the 2.4 ghz version and buy a 320GB@7200 rpm from outside and install it myself.

    Some more questions...
    Is the difference of 0.13GHz negligible?
    Is there a recognizable difference in harddrive speeds of 5400rpm and 7200rpm? (i do not wish to purchase a SSD)

    Also is there going to be another 'Back-to-School' promotional offer this year. If so when do you think it will be? I want to get it in June

    Thanks a lot
    MC
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    1. Get the 2.4GHz and upgrade the HD later on if needed. By that way, you can use the old HD as external

    2. The difference between 2.4 and 2.53 is ~5% i.e. unnoticeable

    3. BTS will likely kick off very soon, at any time now
     
  3. Jonathon McMast macrumors member

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    dont bother upgrading the HD. get an SSD in a little while. They are set to fall in price massively driven by NAND price falls and a move from single-level cell (SLC) to multi-level cell (MLC) flash, driven by a maturing of SSD controller technology.
     
  4. TheDrift- macrumors 6502a

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    i got a 2.4 i5, have a decent Nas so size didnt really matter to me. Might upgrade to SSD, in the future but evrtything is just fine at the mo.
     
  5. Jonathon McMast macrumors member

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    This is a completely irrelevant post and is of no use to the OP.

    Cheers,
    JM
     
  6. oyebto macrumors regular

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    fully agree with the website. but if i were to run OSX, what other choice do i have other than hackintosh? :)
     

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