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Old 12-05-2012, 04:33 AM   #1
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Looking at two MacBook Pro options. Need your help!

Hey folks,

So I'm looking to sell my 1 year old iMac for something smaller to leave room for gear on my desk. Naturally, I am going for a MacBook Pro. A 13" inch will suffice and Apple gives me two (nearly identical) options that are only really different with GHz.

Option 1:

13-inch: 2.4 GHz
2.4GHz dual-core
Intel Core i5
4GB 1333MHz [Upgraded to 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM 2x4GB]
500GB 5400-rpm1 [Upgraded to 750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm]
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Built-in battery (7 hours)2

Total Price: $1,428.00

Option 2:

2.8GHz dual-core
Intel Core i7
4GB 1333MHz [Upgraded to 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM 2x4GB]
750GB 5400-rpm1
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Built-in battery (7 hours)2

Total Price: $1,638.00

Really the only difference is the processor. My iMac is an i5, so settling for an i5 MacBook would be just as good. Plus with both upgrades it's cheaper than option 2!

Lemme know what you guys think.

Thanks a lot.

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Old 12-05-2012, 06:26 AM   #2
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Re: Looking at two MacBook Pro options, need your help!

I'm always of the mind that pay a little more now, and you'll be happier in the future. Especially when it comes to processor-intensive things like layering and rendering audio, more is always better. And considering it's only $200 bucks (less with those upgrades), it almost comes out to the same price.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:12 PM   #3
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Re: Looking at two MacBook Pro options, need your help!

Honestly youll be just fine with the 2500. I'd probably get the 2500 and use the extra money to get more ram on OWC.

The extra 400mhz will do some good but I'd prefer to have the extra ram. If you can afford both then get the i7. I can't remember if it's the i7 that does hyperthreading, but hyperthreading can be detrimental to music production from what I've read. That's why I went with an i5 over an i7.
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Re: Looking at two MacBook Pro options. Need your help!

So will the first option be able to run Ableton with no problems? I also plan on using gear (MPD/APC) and sometimes rewiring with Reason.

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Re: Looking at two MacBook Pro options. Need your help!

I just realized I thought the 2nd option already had 8GB of RAM. Now that I see it's the standard 4, I agree with rodan. I'd go with the i5 and buy the extra RAM for it.

And I'm running ableton on a four year old iMac, so either of those should probably work fine.
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Yeah Im sure the first option would be fine. I used both ableton and logic on my 8 year old macbook (macbook, not pro). It had an intel core 2 duo 2.16ghz and 4 gigs of ram, and it ran extremely well. This computer that you're looking at is much much more powerful then what I had.
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fantastic thanks for clearing that up for me and i'm happy i don't need to spend any more than i thought.

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Re: Looking at two MacBook Pro options. Need your help!

Obviously the more powerful a system, the more tracks and fx you can have running at the same time. You should be able to get a fair amount with that system. If it comes that you are pushing it so hard that you're getting stuttering you can always bounce tracks to save cpu power as well. I don't think youll need to do that unless you are pushing a LARGE number of tracks with a lot of fx, or a very cpu intensive plug like diva.
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ofcourse the faster option would be best, tho maybe you could go with the cheaper option and upgrade the HDD to 7200rpm?

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