Difference in the MacBook Pros worth $500?

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  1. U65_RN

    U65_RN Member

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    I mostly record alone, one track at a time using Garageband and Guitar Rig on a 2009 MacBook Pro. May upgrade to Logic at some point. There is a $500 between the two 15" MacBook Pros listed below. I was wondering if you could let me know if you think that it would be a better decision to spend the money and buy the more expensive one. Any advice would be MUCH appreciated.
    Thank you.

    $2499
    Processor: 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz)
    • Memory: 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory

    • Storage: 512GB PCIe-based flash storage

    • Connectivity: Two Thunderbolt 2, two USB 3, HDMI, headhpones, power

    • Audio Stereo speakers, dual microphones, headphone port

    • Operating system: OS X Yosemite

    • Built-in apps: iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, FaceTime, Maps, Safari, and more

      $1999
    • Processor: 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz)

    • Memory: 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory

    • Storage: 256GB PCIe-based flash storage

    • Connectivity: Two Thunderbolt 2, two USB 3, HDMI, headhpones, power

    • Audio Stereo speakers, dual microphones, headphone port

    • Operating system: OS X Yosemite

    • Built-in apps: iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, FaceTime, Maps, Safari, and more


     
  2. Empros

    Empros Supporting Member

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    For $500, IMO, for recording, it's not worth the upgrade. The one for $1999 has great specs, more than enough for any DAW.
     
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  3. U65_RN

    U65_RN Member

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    Thank you very much!
    nk
     
  4. tjontheroad

    tjontheroad Silver Supporting Member

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    Cheaper one should do except you may want to bigger SSD or external backup drive. 256GB can fill up if you do lots of recordings. I assume these are used? If so, check out macsales.com for better pricing.
     
  5. GMGM

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    I would wait a little if you can. The next-gen MBP's with Intel Skylake are soooo close. Unless you are getting a great closeout deal on the current production, buying used, or if your existing rig has given up the ghost - I'd sit tight just a little longer.
     
  6. Totally Bored

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    Go for the 512 GB Flash Storage. I've got 150 gigs used up on just apps and music for Itunes.
     
  7. cranqued

    cranqued Gold Supporting Member

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    +1. Hopefully in a couple of months we'll see new Macbook Pros.
     
  8. aleclee

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    I'd go for the less expensive one. For the price difference you can get an external 512GB SSD and still have a good bit of cash in pocket. Of course that assumes that I don't need more than 170GB of space on the internal drive.
     
  9. karmadave

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    Not worth the extra $500. Besides 2X the SSD capacity, the 512GB version also has an nVidia graphics GPU. The other model uses the built-in Intel graphics. This would only be a big deal for graphics-intensive applications...
     
  10. GMGM

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    That might not be true of the upxoming sklake models. I thought I read that they would be able use GPU processing power differently at some point. Maybe someone else is more familiar? Something about being able to use for processing non-video related tasts like audio or data crunching. Someone more knowledgeable would need to chime in though.
     
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    karmadave Member

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    Possibly. Will have to see what Apple announces at their annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.
     
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    It's a crime that they still sell 256GB SSD's.

    If I could go back in time, I would happily spend the extra 500 bucks just to have the extra storage.
     
  13. jhansenku

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    I would spend a few hundred and update your RAM to 8, put an ssd HD in it, and clean it up. That what I'm doing.
    Mines the same year!
     
  14. GuitarsFromMars

    GuitarsFromMars Member

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    Used, mos def. Buy RAM and SSD.
     
  15. U65_RN

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    What operating system are you using? My machine uses 10.5.8 which is one of the reasons I'm thinking of updating. Thanks....
     
  16. cjcayea

    cjcayea cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce

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    i have a mbp with a 250gb ssd and its plenty of space - but I use externals for music, photos, samples, etc. I only use the internal ssd for apps and OS X.

    not worth the extra cash imo
     
  17. tjontheroad

    tjontheroad Silver Supporting Member

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    Yosemite 10.10.5
     
  18. GMGM

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    Have the MBPros gone to soldered-in RAM yet? Be sure to check before you buy anything because upgrading it later may not be an option anymore.
     
  19. U65_RN

    U65_RN Member

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    No, new from Guitar Center.
     
  20. tjontheroad

    tjontheroad Silver Supporting Member

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    That's kinda odd? A new Mac book should have El Captain not Yosemite OS.

    I'm not sure why you even need to upgrade to a whole new machine? What's your current specs? My 2009 iMac is still running strong btw.
     

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