Which MBP 13" for animation student?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by xxSJ, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. xxSJ macrumors newbie

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    Engrish/

    Hi, I am switching from PC to MAC because I am tired of errors, viruses,
    OMGUPDATETHISTHATNOWLATERWTF!? alerts and mostly,
    Photoshop, Flash, After Effects, and Premiere looks and works way better in OS X.

    I already googled about this and read about five posts in this forum.
    However, I still can't decide which 13" MBP to get :(

    My major study is animation so I will frequently use Photoshop the most then
    some Flash and Premiere.

    I live in Canada so upgrading ram and hdd by myself is almost as same as
    apple's offering, and I never upgrade my computer after I purchase.
    Therefore my choices are:

    * Base 13" model.
    * Base 13" with 4GB RAM + 250GB apple upgrade.
    or
    * High-end 13" model.

    I can not decide and can not sleep! when I goto bed, I keep think about it
    then I end up sleep after sunrise...

    Will I survive college life with 2.23Ghz+2GB RAM+250GB HDD for 2years?
    or will 2.53Ghz+4GB RAM+250GB HDD protective me? forever and ever?

    My other concern is if Snow Leopard comes out, I think
    extra processor and ram could future proof me and work better.

    I have to decide before July 20 because I need iWork rebate!

    Please guide this Mac noob to right way!


    ps. I am going to get education discount and keep the free ipod.
    ps2. sorry. English is my second language. Don't kill me! I am sorry.


    /Engrish
     
  2. Vulcan macrumors 65816

    Vulcan

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    In the future, search first.

    Anyway, I'd recommend this one:
    * Base 13" with 4GB RAM + 250GB apple upgrade.

    The processor won't make too much of a difference. And yes, the computer will be able to make it for two years. If you buy AppleCare, it will almost be guaranteed.
     
  3. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

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    Get the 15" if you can. You won't be able to do much with PS, Premiere, AI with a 13" screen. There just isn't enough real estate unless you are going to use an external monitor the majority of the time.
     
  4. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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  5. finder39 macrumors member

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    2.53

    I say get the 2.53. The difference while doing the power intensive workin photoshop and the likes will be noticeable. i have the 2.53 13" with a 500GB hard drive and i love it. i use photoshop and it is amazingly fast. you will like it a lot better. :)
     
  6. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    If you're planning to make the 2.26GHz equivalent to the 2.53GHz with 4gb of ram and 250 HDD, you might as well get the 2.53. The difference is about $160 if I'm not mistaken (try to get ed. discount and ipod rebate if you're a student). If you absolutely can't decide between the two, just opt for the higher end model. I did, and I couldn't be happier. No regrets!
     
  7. xxSJ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK 2.53 Computer

    Wow! thank you so much guys!!

    I am going to get high-end 13" MBP.

    Yeah, double RAM and little more CPU might reduce

    background-working (or beach-ball in OS X) in Adobe apps big time

    including rendering in Premiere and Photoshop tablet stroke lag in
    huuuuggggeeeee resolution or in high dpi.


    Well, I always listen to music, do web-surf, messenger, and doodle in Photoshop

    when I am on computer so... I guess 4GB RAM is needed for me.


    About the resolution... I think I will get a ext. monitor later on.


    Anyways, thank you so much!

    You guys ROCK!

    Finally I can sleep well :p



    I hope 13" MBP can run WC3 err... DotA smoothly. =S
     
  8. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    Runs seamlessly. :)
     

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