Mac Shack Crew; need some advice

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Bob Loblaw, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. Bob Loblaw

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    I'm going to get a new 13" Macbook Pro soon and I'm tossing up between the 2.26 and the 2.53

    Right now, I'm on a 2.16ghz Core 2 Duo 15" MBP, 500gb hdd ad 4GB ram
    It's used for Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, as well as normal web surfing, itunes, etc.

    I'm wanting to go for the 2.56ghz model since I might as well get a big step up from what I have now, right?
    Rather than getting a 2.26 with 4gb ram?

    I was reading over on macforums, and everyone says they wont notice the difference between the 2.53 and 2.26, but I'm not sure if they were buying it for just word processing and web surfing?

    Is it worth spending the extra $500(aud) to get the 2.53ghz model?


    Does anyone have a 13" unibody pro? what are you thoughts on it?
     
  2. Pitt

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    you won't notice the difference.

    also, why bother "upgrading" when the 13" isn't going to have as good a graphics card as your current mbp?
     
  3. Bob Loblaw

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    Want something smaller pretty much, and my battery is fucked
    I'm going overseas soon, so I can get 10% refunded because it'll be Duty Free
    So I guess it's an excuse to buy something new :o


    How will the graphics card affect it? I'm not playing video games or anything

    When I was buying the MBP, I was told ram and processor will have more effect on the programs I'll be using, than the dedicated graphics card

    Is it really that much shittier?
     
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    well it depends on how heavy your photoshop / illustrator / indesign use is. :dunno:
     
  5. Bob Loblaw

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    dammit :o
    now you've got me second guessing my decision :rofl:



    how much shittier is the card?

    I've got:
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI

    The new one has:
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory


    Is the 15" unibody any better?
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics processor; and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory


    It has two? :confused:
     
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    I'm just saying it'd be a slight downgrade from what you currently have, but the MBP's with the dual graphics option are probably a lot more than you need.
     
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    If u don't like your 13 when u get it trade me for my 15 lol
     
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    I would definitely look in to the 15", the price is obviously higher, but in the 13" you are getting integrated graphics, like pitthockey says it really depends on how heavy the photoshop use is that you are doing, but I have owned both a 13" macbook and now the 15" unibody and I would take a 15" any day. More screen space and it's a more comfortable computer to work on IMO
     
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    sounds like you have a pre-penryn mbp. I think the difference to a current one, particularly the 2.53 would be quite noticeable :dunno:

    in saying that your obviously has an upgraded HD and ram, you probably dont want to downgrade in those areas either.
     
  11. Bob Loblaw

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    :dunno:

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    Apparently I got lucky because usually the 2.16 only recognizes 3gb as well, but mine took 4gb

    I'd be putting the same 4gb ram and 500gb hdd into the new laptop regardless of what it came with


    Can I just swap the hard drives? or would it cause driver errors?
     
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    you should use 1066 ram vs 667. no idea about the already installed HD, i think someone here tired it and it worked.
     
  13. Bob Loblaw

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    the 2.53 comes with 4gb
    but im going to be chucking in my current 500gb hdd
    and put the 250gb into this one
     
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    All these threads about upgrading to new macbook pros are really tempting me to upgrade mine. Does the developer discount work only for people taking classes that are computer related? Or is it just if you are attending college?
     
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    if you put in your former university on the education site you can order one with the education discount... at least that works for me.

    if you live close to a university you could also just go to their campus tech store and order a computer there... that way you can get the discount I'm sure... has worked for me
     
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    Im talking about the Student Developer Discount, not the student discount. Anyone know?
     
  17. TheWeasel

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    You just have to sign up for a student developer account on the Developer site. 1 system at the discount is all you get with the Student Developer. It costs $99 for the account but you'll save more then that with the discount.

    http://developer.apple.com/products/membership.html
     
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    Courses or major plays no role in getting the membership, correct? This might be the final thing I need before i take the leap and get a macbook pro.:x:
     
  19. TheWeasel

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    Nope. Doesn't matter. Sign up and pay and you're in regardless of major.
     
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    I went in to the PX today and they have 13" MBP in stock now. $1189 out the door, no taxes ftw! I think I might get one next paycheck. I wonder how much I could get for my white MB, 2.0 C2D, 2GB Ram, 250GB HDD. Palm rest has the typical crack at the edge and a hairline crack on the lid, other than that works great.
     

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