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buying a new macbook pro

by bpenpeci / December 27, 2012 2:29 PM PST

I have a 15 inch macbook pro. It's snow leopard, and i bought it 3 years ago during my freshman year in college. I had this thing enhanced and everything (it's an intel core i7, 2.66 ghz with 4gb memory, speed: 4.8gtc), but honestly right now it's worst than a PC. I tried everything, but it gets worse every day. I don't know if I did something to it without knowing, but I cannot stand it anymore, and if I have to optimize my discs (or any kind of thing like that!!) for one more time I'm gonna go crazy. So I'm buying a new macbook pro with retina display (15 inch) and the end price is $3749.00 with:


2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz
768GB Flash Storage

I added pretty much everything i wanted, but that's a lot of money. could i have my "dream machine" without the 768gb flash or the 16 gb memory? I have a 1,5 TB external drive, so could that compensate for the memory? or should I just get the whole thing? by the way, I should note that I have massive amounts of music, videos, documents etc and I have thousands of software that take up a lot of space and require the highest performance possible.

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Yes you can have your dream machine without
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 27, 2012 8:48 PM PST

16GB of RAM from Apple and the 768GB Flash drive.

Get the standard 8GB and purchase any extra that you require from somewhere like

Your 1.5 TB external drive is only Storage, it is NOT memory.

If you have "massive amounts of music, videos, documents etc" then 768GB of Flash is not going to cut it anyway.

I think I would be trying to work out what's wrong with the previous Macbook. I really doubt that you have done "everything"


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" require the highest performance possible. "
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 28, 2012 1:28 AM PST

If that's true, then why a laptop and not the Mac Pro?

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by bpenpeci / December 31, 2012 7:40 PM PST

Well I can't buy the Mac Pro because I'm a college student and I always need my computer with me. And the fact that I have to travel a lot (I don't actually live in the US) doesn't help.

I actually did everything I could, I even paid $500 to get it repaired, but it was only temporary. Right now it has the bsod and I think it's fried. I don't have the disc so I'm just gonna have to buy a new one.

Thanks for your help

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