Which MBP 13" for animation student?

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

  1. xxSJ macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2009

    Hi, I am switching from PC to MAC because I am tired of errors, viruses,
    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.
    * 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.

  2. Vulcan macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    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

    Jan 27, 2007
    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


    May 22, 2009
  5. finder39 macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    Chicago, IL

    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

    Jun 29, 2009
    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

    Jul 9, 2009
    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

    Jun 29, 2009
    Runs seamlessly. :)

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