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Feb 6, 2004

Dehumanize yourself and face to Trumpshed

College Slice

I'm going to pre-emptively close this thread, not because you did anything wrong or this isn't a valid question, but because I can't imagine this thread producing anything more than a worst-post contest.

At the end of the day, this comes down to one question: do you prefer working on a Mac, or on a Windows PC? Forget any BS you've heard about Macs being better for media, are you more comfortable with Mac OSX or Windows, or do you strongly prefer the overall experience of a Mac laptop vs a PC? This should drive your choice of platform.

From a hardware perspective, I would strongly suggest you consider a 15" notebook with a quad-core CPU with 8GB of RAM and a decent-sized harddrive as a bare minimum for the system you need. The refurbished Mac you linked wouldn't be suitable because , as a 13.3" model, it only has a 2.4Ghz dual-core CPU, 4GB of RAM (not upgradeable), and a 128GB SSD. I think any 15" Retina MBP should work for you, since they all have quad-core CPUs and at least 8GB of RAM, but a Late 2013 or better model would be best. A current PC laptop with these specs is under $1000 (just an example, check the thread for purchasing advice), a current MBP starts at $2000. Do keep in mind your storage requirements, a fast 256GB SSD sounds great, but if your need for space makes that inconvenient then a slower, larger HDD may be a better choice.

Once you've made a decision on what platform you want to go with, I'd post in either the Laptop Megathread or Mac Hardware Megathread to refine your purchasing decision. Be VERY wary of people suggesting you can get by with less than the minimum specs I outlined above, some people have rather interesting definitions of acceptable performance.

Alereon fucked around with this message at 18:18 on Jul 5, 2015


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