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Heya folks -

I am looking to purchase a MBP this week - but I have a question - what would be the best minimum requirement for a MBP if one is going to use it for CS4 and etc. This machine will be primarly be used for Web Development and so forth. I am looking into the 15" MBP but not sure if the 2.53 would suffice - I know it has a 256 Video card - or should I opt for the 2.66 with 512 video card?

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Heya folks -

I am looking to purchase a MBP this week - but I have a question - what would be the best minimum requirement for a MBP if one is going to use it for CS4 and etc. This machine will be primarly be used for Web Development and so forth. I am looking into the 15" MBP but not sure if the 2.53 would suffice - I know it has a 256 Video card - or should I opt for the 2.66 with 512 video card?

Thoughts?

Thanks! BTW I'm jumping to the dark side after being a freakin Windows user for the last 18 years - was an Apple user for 10 before that then switched to Windows only because back then they didnt have compilers for Macs for Software Development for school. So coming back - but want to make sure I buy what would work well.
A MB can run CS4. I guess you can start there. I don't think you need more than 256 MB for web development. Websites are viewed at 72 DPI. That's not exactly very GPU intensive.

If you have the money to get the faster CPU then by all means get what you can afford.
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PS CS4 was very quick on all Mac machines I have owned:

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If you're going for more web stuff, my recommendation would be go with the cheaper model and use the extra money to max out the RAM.

If you are set on web development, this should be OK. But if you decide to venture into more graphic intensive stuff down the road, you may need some more power.

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Been using CS4 for a while now and it runs super quick on my 15" 2.4GHz with 4GB RAM. Upgrade the RAM from somewhere like crucial.com after purchasing and install yourself - much cheaper.
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