Help zpq! Laptop buying time!

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  1. zpqrei

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    Alright maggots, It's help-zpq-time!

    I'm planning on buying a Macbook for college, a Macbook Pro to be exact, but alas, for I am stuck between what to buy. I've looked at the 13'' Macbook Pro (with the 2.56Ghz processor and the nVidia 9400M) and the 15'' Macbook Pro (with the 2.56Ghz processor and the nVidia 9600M). My options are as follows:

    • Get the 13'' Macbook Pro and a 16GB iPod Touch.
    • Get the 15'' Macbook Pro.
    Okay. Here lies my dilemma in choosing which one to buy. I want to be able to play TF2, and L4D on it. Whilst I've seen both running on the Macbook 13'' on youtube (links at the bottom) I'm still not certain it'd be enough graphical power. And even then, am I willing to take a performance hit to get an iPod Touch?

    Basicly, if anyone has a 13'' Macbook Pro, I'd love you very much if you could give me any performance benchmarks. I know they are availible widely on the internet, but call me crazy, I'd rather hear from someone I trust and know, rather than a random internet-monkey, before I put down £1000 on a laptop.

    (If anyone tells me not to get a Mac and to get a PC I will personally shoot you. This IS NOT becoming a Mac vs PC thread)

    Youtube links!

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVXrIEegofg"]YouTube- 13 Inch Macbook pro Running Left 4 Dead[/ame]
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUUa_qW3rj8"]YouTube- Team Fortress 2 on a Macbook Pro 13"[/ame]
     
  2. Anagram Man

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  3. Mick-a-nator

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    I would go for the 15", but hey, its not my money. I want to do the same (buy a macbook, get Hammer and TF2 running on it etc.) but I has no monies to do so:facepalm:.
    The way I see it, do you need the ipod? (have you already got some means of listening to music on the go) do you need the extra 2 inches? (I know we would do with and extra 2 inches if you catch my drift, but do you NEED it on a laptop?) or do you want to save the money for something you may want on the future?
    And then I don't think anyone can help there, its up to you then which option you really need/want.
     
  4. zpqrei

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    I have a 24'' desktop monitor I can plug it into for at home, with a mini-DVI adaptor. It needs to be small enough to fit in my bag, but it still needs to have enough performance for Graphic Design stuff (largish photoshop files) and web design stuff.
     
  5. Psy

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    This is what I have. It's great for what you need but don't expect fantastic framerates in L4D or TF2.
     
  6. The Political Gamer

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    You could make a hackintosh.
     
  7. zpqrei

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    I think I'll go with a 13'', but I was wondering if anyone here had one, and had any experiences with it I should know about.
     
  8. The Political Gamer

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    My mom has the 17" and she loves it to death.
     
  9. Bermuda Cake

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    ipod touches are cool. I reccommend option 1.
    Just make sure you use the education discount
     
  10. Spammish

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    I have a 13" standard macbook that struggles running tf2 and l4d but my mate has a 15 or 17" Macbook pro and he gets pretty smooth results. Though obviously not better than a pc for gaming.
     
  11. Trotim

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    Why is the iPod Touch necessary along with the 13''?
     
  12. The Gentlemanne

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    its free.
     
  13. Lancey

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    -snip I'ma dummy-
     
  14. zpqrei

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    Do you have the 9400M and 4GB of RAM?

    It isn't. I've been meaning to get one anyway, and I have a set budget, so I can either afford 13'' and an iPod Touch, or a 15''. I think I'll get the 13''.
     
  15. drp

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    skip the apple, buy a real piece of hardware.
     
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  16. Flame

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    i have the macbook pro with the 8600 in it. used to run tf2 nicely but i that was the model from 2 summers ago.

    if youre looking to game on it, get the one with the bigger screen. Also make sure you buy a cooling pad cuz those mofos get hot to the point of skin burns.

    make sure your processor is about 2.66 ghz and you have 4 or more gigs of ram. idk what the new macbooks are like but they run windows flawlessly.
     
  17. Nutomic

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    I have no idea why people buy macs and install windows on them :facepalm:

    You pay like two times as much, and still have to buy windows. But sure, apple is that great, and its totally worth the money D:

    /flamepost
     
  18. Delusibeta

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    While I may not have ever used a Mac, I do know where to get a couple of benchmarks.
    According to this, you should get around 23 FPS on L4D1 on high settings with a Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 2.1GHz, GeForce 9400M, 2GB RAM Macbook, while according to this, you should get around 76 FPS on L4D1 on high settings with an Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 2.8GHz, GeForce 9600M GT, 4Gb Macbook Pro.

    While neither benchmark matches your models, I would be inclined to shell out for the 15 incher.
     
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  19. zpqrei

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    Based on the first benchmark, what sort of change would a 2.56Ghz Processor and 4GB of ram make to it?
     
  20. Spammish

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    I'm running the 2.1 Ghz one with 4GB of RAM and the built in GMA X3100, it's one of the previous generation.