Will this Macbook Pro meet my needs? Please help!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Darryl765, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. Darryl765 macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    At the moment I'm using a PC with FL Studio as DAW, but I'm planning to transfer to a Mac to work with Logic. Since I'll be using this computer for deejaying (Traktor PRO & Rekordbox) too, I'll be needing a powerful, portable Mac. Therefore I'm asking you guys whether the specs of this MBP will meet my needs. I might use this Macbook for video-editing and photoshop/dreamweaver in the future too.

    Macbook Pro 15" specs:
    2.4GHz Intel Core i5
    4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm

    Will this Macbook Pro be able to handle these programs without having problems running smoothly?

    And I have one more question, is there a big difference in performance between the 2,4GHz and 2,53GHz model?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    That should be just fine. 2.53GHz is ~5% faster so not worth it
     
  3. Dyango macrumors member

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    I can't really guide you on your specific needs but I don't see that MBP running low on power too soon,maybe you might want to upgrade sightly RAM or HDD. If processing power is a must you could consider -if it is on your budget- the i7 but, in my opinion, there would not be much of a difference between the base and the mid-range model (2,4 GHz and 2,53 GHz)
     
  4. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    If you're worried about the two i5 Processors, the 2.4 and 2.53, don't be. However, the i7 does have hyperthreading, so it is faster, noticably, I don't know, as I've only used the i5 15"
    If you have the budget, i'd say go for the high-resolution i7 model. If you're trying to save some money, just go for the base i5 2.4, as I think it will fit your needs perfectly.
     
  5. Darryl765 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all! I really appreciate you anwering my questions this fast!

    A 15" i7 model is beyond my budget, so I think I'll stick with the base i5-model. Maybe in a year or so, I might upgrade my RAM and HDD (hopefully the SSD's are cheaper by then!)

    I'm more worried about running Logic. I'm wondering how many VST's and tracks I can load until my Macbook starts lagging. I want to able to produce my music smoothly, that's my #1 priority.

    And about the i7 vs. i5 thingy. Do you guys think the extra horsepower is worth its cash?

    Thanks!
     
  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    No. Spend it on a faster HD and more memory.
     
  7. DanMacApple macrumors 6502

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    The small speed difference will not be noticeable.
     
  8. Darryl765 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all. I'm pretty convinced now, I think the 2,4GHz model will fulfill my needs.

    Are there any other people on this forum who have experiences with Logic on a Macbook Pro?
     
  9. Davmeister macrumors 6502

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    I have a June 2009 MBP 15". Its 2.8Ghz. Traktor runs on my old iMac G5 just fine...unless you want über low latency of 5 ms or less you dont need that fast a mac.

    I wish I had bought a 17" with antiglare...17" because i need the 4 decks now (i wasnt as good 1 year ago!) and anti glare because club lighting reflects off it, especially lasers INTO MY EYEZZZZ
     

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