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p.1 #1 · iMac + macbook pro or macbook pro + display


Need to upgrade my computer(s). Currently running LR + PSE (min use) on iMac 21.5 (late 2009 model-4gb ram) and internal drive is 90% full. With new large files from 5dmarkiii (>20Mb), LR is very slow. I also have to run parallels for window based software but not simultaneous. Have MBP 13"(2009) also

Have been looking into either replacing both MBP +iMac outright or just using MBP(beefed up) + display. My main concern is parallels and LR run very slow on iMac(where all processing done) and I cant use new CF cards (udma 7) on anything I have as dont have usb 3.

Looked into docks for MBP but it appears its gonna cost quite a bit more to beef up a MBP + dock + display v. replace iMac and MBP.

Option 1:
iMac 27
16GB or 32 ram
1TB drive
MBP 13"

Option 2:
MBP 15 retina
16GB (max amount)
768 flash drive
apple TB 27"display or Dell?
Dock

So my question is there a big or minimal difference with these two different set ups in terms of speed, performance, limitations, etc? For those who have MBP + displays, what limitations, if any, have you noticed? Am I missing something here where one is clearly a no brainer?




Apr 06, 2013 at 04:31 PM
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p.1 #2 · iMac + macbook pro or macbook pro + display


Option 3
Kickass Hackintosh+Dell 27"+24-70MKII or similarly priced lens.



Apr 06, 2013 at 05:13 PM
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p.1 #3 · iMac + macbook pro or macbook pro + display


I'm personally looking at 15" MBP w/retina display and external 27" Display. I just wish Apple would hurry and update the Mac Pro line!!!!


Apr 06, 2013 at 05:37 PM
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p.1 #4 · iMac + macbook pro or macbook pro + display


Dell XPS 8500 Special Edition I configured with govt discount and 27" ultra sharp display a lot cheaper then getting MBP and 27" display and Dell specs way better



Should I do it?



Apr 06, 2013 at 06:04 PM
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p.1 #5 · iMac + macbook pro or macbook pro + display


Don't buy a new Mac without an SSD. 240GB works out well. Use an external USB drive for storage. I replaced my MBP HD with an Intel 335 SSD and the difference in battery and heat is great. Used Time Machine on an external USB drive to restore to new blank SSD.

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Apr 06, 2013 at 07:19 PM
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Paul Gardner wrote:
Don't buy a new Mac without an SSD. 204GB works out well. Use an external USB drive for storage. I replaced my MBP HD with an Intel 335 SSD and the difference in battery and heat is great. Used Time Machine on an external USB drive to restore to new blank SSD.


The 15 MBP retina version does not have option of SSD. Comes with flash. The non-retina can get SSD. Is SSD better than flash?

Besides battery and heat, did you notice much speed and performance difference with Intel?



Apr 06, 2013 at 08:40 PM
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p.1 #7 · iMac + macbook pro or macbook pro + display


ssd is flash, ssd mSATA soldered onto the board its all the same tech.


Apr 06, 2013 at 09:07 PM
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p.1 #8 · iMac + macbook pro or macbook pro + display


I just replaced my 2008 iMac with your Option 1 and 32 Ram. Love it. Gigantic difference when working in LR4 and Photoshop.


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p.1 #9 · iMac + macbook pro or macbook pro + display


As suggested already, SSD drive is important. The Fusion (SSD hybridized with rotating drives) are also now an option, but I can't speak to their role. I'd personally not go for a SSD smaller than 500GB; I'm always regretting my 250BG choice on my 2010 MPB.




Apr 06, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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WAYCOOL wrote:
ssd is flash, ssd mSATA soldered onto the board its all the same tech.


Do the ssd or fusion drive for either a MBP or iMac have to be added by Apple or can 3rd party be placed?

Apple says only RAM can be added/replaced after purchase, true??



Apr 06, 2013 at 11:46 PM
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John Caldwell wrote:
I'd personally not go for a SSD smaller than 500GB; I'm always regretting my 250BG choice on my 2010 MPB.



+1
I am looking at min 750GB



Apr 06, 2013 at 11:48 PM
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p.1 #12 · iMac + macbook pro or macbook pro + display


docsmiles17 wrote:
Do the ssd or fusion drive for either a MBP or iMac have to be added by Apple or can 3rd party be placed?

Apple says only RAM can be added/replaced after purchase, true??


That may be true in the newer ones. I have a late 2011 mbp and i replaced the hard drive with a SSD. moved the hard drive to the cd/dvd bay (as i can't remember the last time i used a cd/dvd).

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4716713?start=0&tstart=0



Apr 07, 2013 at 12:01 AM
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p.1 #13 · iMac + macbook pro or macbook pro + display


Can the 15" MBP run a 30" Dell Ultrasharp monitor?


Apr 07, 2013 at 12:30 AM
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Dell res 2560x1600

From Apple,
Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on up to two external displays, at millions of colors



Apr 07, 2013 at 01:00 AM
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I reckon that a retina screen will be more beneficial than an SSD in a non-retina MBP. Use the thunderbolt to drive speedy external storage options, though "speedy" usually implies expensive as does "reliable".

Check out available accessories at OWC ( www.macsales.com )

My 17-inch MBP screen has high resolution but not as high as a retina. Unfortunately it has a problem displaying bright red tones and loses tonal detail on bright red subjects. A high-end screen fixes that but I find they have too few pixels per inch and look a bit chunky for my liking. In general, though, I recommend the 15" retina MBP with a suitable external screen over an iMac with a tiny macbook pro. 13" is just too small for me regardless of resolution.

I'm more than a bit dark on Apple's new icloud-only approach to linking my MBP with an iPod or iPad and for that reason I have put a hold on buying new Apple computers. Another reason that put me off the retina MBPs is that some of them have a ghosting problem. I forget whether the LG- or Samsung-manufactured retina screens are at fault but it is hard to know in advance which one you will get.

- Alan



Apr 08, 2013 at 07:23 AM
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p.1 #16 · iMac + macbook pro or macbook pro + display


I choose option 1
Not a MBP but the highest spec-ed MBA 13" for better portability.
At the moment I'm waiting for the iMac (with fusion drive) to be delivered.



Apr 08, 2013 at 08:38 AM





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