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Getting a new Macbook Pro! Need some advises!!!


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I am thinking about getting a new Macbook Pro which has just came out few days ago. Please have a look at the configuration below and give me some advises which one I should get and the benefits I can make out of it!

My main uses are office stuff, web browsing, editing photo, musics and video (not much), movies.

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i7 - good choice.

Might be worth checking out OWC to get a price on a SSD drive from them as its easy to change out and you could save a packet there. However at just 256Gb, is it large enough for what you need or are you intending on using a external drive for your movies/photos.

Same with the 8Gb of RAM version, check out OWC to get the best deal - I'd personally never buy additional RAM from Apple, its greatly overpriced.

Looking around you might be able to get a 256Gb SSD and 8Gb of RAM for $3,850 - if that's what you want.
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i7 - good choice.

Might be worth checking out OWC to get a price on a SSD drive from them as its easy to change out and you could save a packet there. However at just 256Gb, is it large enough for what you need or are you intending on using a external drive for your movies/photos.

Same with the 8Gb of RAM version, check out OWC to get the best deal - I'd personally never buy additional RAM from Apple, its greatly overpriced.

Looking around you might be able to get a 256Gb SSD and 8Gb of RAM for $3,850 - if that's what you want.
Thanks for you advise!

256Gb won't be large enough for me, but since the price of SSD is too high so I won't be able to afford the 512Gb SSD, my solution for this is to get another external drive maybe 1Tb would be more than enough. 256Gb of SSD I just use for OS and some large programs.

For RAM, I don't think I would use so many programs at the same time so I think 4Gb for me would be enough, I am using a Sony Vaio with only 3Gb ram and I never used up to 2.5Gb, I don't know if Mac OS needs more RAM or not especially with the new technology of switching graphics and stuff. I think I could upgrade my RAM to 6Gb later if 4Gb is not enough.

What do you guys think? Is this a wise choice?
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What do you plan to be doing most of the time on your computer? If it's just basic Internet surfing, text documents, pictures, etc., the SSD will give you a huge speed boost. If you do more intense computing, I think you'd be happier with the RAM upgrade.

**Also, I agree with martyp, look into individual parts upgrades, they're almost always cheaper than the factory installed variety.

Just a stupid kid with a computer, so take my advice with a grain of salt if that makes a difference to you.
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