Questions about MacBook Pro (Upgrades)

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  1. Uchiha1911

    Uchiha1911 New Member

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    Hey there!

    I have some questions about upgrading the MacBook Pro. Note that I do not own a MacBook Pro yet, but I am going to purchase one in the following month (March/April). If they update the MBP line, I'll get a new one. If they don't, I'll get a 13'' low/high-end MacBook Pro.

    Here comes in my first question. I'll be upgrading the RAM/HDD myself; which makes the high-end 13'' cost €200,- more for just 0.27 GHz of processor speed. I this worth the money? I'm not prepared to pay the extra €200,- if the difference is minor (which I think it is). What will the difference(s) be? I'll mainly be browsing/listening to tons of music and occasionally I'll be using Photoshop/Illustrator for graphical design.

    Now if I take the low-end 13'', I'll be upgrading the RAM myself. I was looking at 2x2GB modules from Kingston. Does anyone have any suggestions about RAM that performs extremely well or better than others?

    I'll also be updating the HDD, but I can't decide if I'll go for a 5400 RPM or a 7200 RPM. That's where another question comes in. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a 7200 RPM over a 5400 RPM? I've read that some 7200 RPM drives produce a lot of sound and excessive vibration. This is something I don't want to happen. Does anyone have a 7200 RPM drive that doesn't do this? If I'll go with a 5400 RPM drive, I'll probably go for this one.

    Does anyone have a better idea for a 5400 RPM drive (better performance?) and does anyone have a 7200 RPM that performs great in a MacBook Pro without making too much sound/produce too much vibration? Also, what will happen with the battery life if I put in a 7200 RPM drive instead of a 5400 RPM drive?

    That's it for now, thanks already for your answers!
  2. Hellishness

    Hellishness Active Member

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    i suggest the lower end model 13". the general consensus is that the higher end one is not worth it. SSDs get great reviews for making it MUCH faster when its loading programs and stuff like that.
  3. iPwn

    iPwn Community Development Staff Member

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    Yeah but the 9400M isn't exactly hard core. The 9600 GT is pretty good.
  4. Sitruss

    Sitruss New Member

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    The 9400m has decent performance for 2D rendering in photoshop. It will easily handle 12 megapixel photos. The only time that I truly need to switch to my 9600m GT is for 3D games, but even then you can get by with low settings.

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