Will the 2017 entry-level Macbook Pro 13.3in Without TouchBar (256GB) work for me?

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  1. CatherineVeraGat Suspended

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    Hey

    I'm thinking of buying the 2017 entry-level Macbook Pro 13.3in Without TouchBar (256GB). I don't know if I should upgrade things like the processor, memory, and storage when I order it online.

    On the Macbook Pro I will be doing some
    - Light to Heavy web browsing
    - Photoshop
    - Illustrator
    - Light 2D/3D rendering (CAD rendering)
    - Light architecture programs (Floor plans, or designing houses.)

    Which processor do I need?
    - 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    - 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i7

    How much storage would you recommend?
    - 256GB SSD
    - 512GB SSD
    - 1TB SSD

    How much memory would you recommend?
    - 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3
    - 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3

    Is this powerful enough for graphics?
    - Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640

    My budget is $1,499 but I can go up to $2,000 if it meet all my needs. Will the 2017 entry-level Macbook Pro 13.3in Without TouchBar (256GB) work for me?
     
  2. krause734 macrumors 6502

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    Storage: can always use external HD. Large SSD's are overpriced. i5 is probably fine. 16GB RAM if you want it to last for a good 5 years and be safe but 8GB should be adequate. If I needed a laptop I would get the same one you're getting.
     
  3. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    I'd definitely go with 16 Gb RAM. 256 or 512 Gb SSD (probably the larger), I'd only get the 1 Tb if I knew I needed it. The CPU question is a bit of a toss-up. I think the lower spec CPU will be fine, but the price differential isn't all that much and having the extra two threads from the i7 might make a difference in some situations. If it came down to a choice between the extra RAM and the faster CPU I'd take the RAM.

    I agree that your choice ought to be just fine. I myself prefer the 15 inch MBP's but only for the screen size, not performance. If you're OK with 13 inches then it should be a good buy.
     
  4. Booky macrumors newbie

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    Check out Bestbuy online or in store "open box" offers. They have the same Bestbuy return policy and the same Apple warranty as a brand new unit. You can save some $$ that way. And ... they often come without a scratch.
     
  5. shaunp macrumors 65816

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    Go into an apple store and try one. That is the only way you find out if it is for you.
     
  6. bubbleboil macrumors member

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    Make sure you get at least 256 gb storage. 1 of the days you are bound to need to install Windows.

    8gb of ram is sufficient. I'm doing development work on 8gb ram
     
  7. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    8 Gb of ram will probably work fine today. In 4 years you might be wishing for more. Since it's non-user-expandable I advise buying the max up front. You can add external storage and the CPU gains are just incremental, but once you pick the RAM size you're stuck with it.
     
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