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Elfs17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I would like to know this because I plan on buying a MacBook Pro and I just want to make sure I'm buying the one with the most RAM and HDD memory and not some other one. Why do I need specifically this? Because I'm a gamer; I like playing games. I'm a watcher too; I like watching movies. Last but not least, I would like to sync my iPhone to a device that's from the same company. I don't know why, but I guess it's because I don't like uncoordination, or something like that. In short, I don't believe in "clashing". Even electronics.

iPhone 4, iOS 6.0.1
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (90,615 points)

    You need a 15-inch MacBook Pro. It has got a big HDD to store everything, 4 GB of memory and two graphic cards (an Intel HD Graphics 4000 and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M). Why I tell you to buy a Mac with 4 GB of memory? Because third-party memory works and is much cheaper than the Apple memory.


    Officially, the 15-inch MacBook Pro supports 8 GB of memory, but you can install 16 GB. You can buy the memory in OWC or Crucial

  • Eric Ross Level 6 Level 6 (11,660 points)
  • Elfs17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also forgot to mention l: typing on Microsoft Word.

    On a different note: I would like to buy the macbook pro at the palisades mall, but they don't sell printers there too. They only sell it, as far as I know, in New York; the big apple.

  • Elfs17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Umm, I asked the apple store which one would be good for me and they said the MacBook Pro WITHOUT retina display( I just forgot to ask them which one has the most RAM and HDD memory. That's why I'm asking here: To make it easier for me to decide so I don't have to go to the pallisades mall again to ask that question)

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (90,615 points)

    Don't buy the MacBook Pro with Retina display. Everything is soldered and you won't be able to upgrade anything, except the flash storage, but this is very expensive

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (90,615 points)

    The MacBook Pro with Retina display comes with 8 GB of memory, but you can't install more after buying the computer. Also, you don't need a Retina display for gaming (performance will be terrible with that screen resolution)

  • Elfs17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I know that already, but thanks.

  • Elfs17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can't I upgrade it at the apple store?

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (29,965 points)

    What I suggest that you do is buy the most powerful (CPU and GPU) non-Retina MacBook Pro (the 15", of course) with the smallest hard drive and the least amount of RAM.


    Then install 16GB of RAM and a nice 512GB+ SSD in the machine.


    That's what I have and my machine just screams.



  • ShaneBunting Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    clintonfrombirmingham is right, for performance you will need a powerful processor and graphics processor, and they cannot be replaced on MacBook Pros in any circumstances. So when you buy, I would also recommend considering what they are and leaving the RAM and HDD for after as you can upgrade them.


    Whilst the Retina machine will perform faster using apps that are not graphics intensive, gaming will become a problem because not all games will be programmed to use the higher resolution.


    Best bet: 15" non-Retina MacBook Pro with the maximum Core i7 at 2.7GHz and the 8GB of RAM option as that would benefit you too. Don't forget, the hard drive will be cheap to upgrade and if you wish you can then decide to get an SSD for even faster read/write speeds.


    Good luck!

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (31,170 points)

    If gaming is the top priority for you, a MBP then is not for you.  PCs are much better for games. 



  • ShaneBunting Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    This is not true. The hardware is simply better on a Mac. Even when running Windows on a Mac, you'll have a far better experience than on a PC..

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,645 points)

    The Hardware In Any Mac is Exactly the same as used in Any PC of like model year and included hardware. i7 being faster then an i5 CPU.


    Apple uses the same exact Intel CPUs and Chipsets that all other computer use manfacturer today. There is No difference.


    Ogelthorpe is comppletely correct that Windows, by nature of the OS, is better for running games and the hardware it comes on, by nature of the way they are manufactured even though it is the same hardware as in a Mac, is better for gaming because of the way they are cooled and the overall case design. More air vents and better air movement across the parts that get hot while gaming.


    Mac notebooks on the other hand don't cool as well by nature of the air intake and exhaust systems. Both air intake and exhaust are at the screen hinge and the fans are designed to be quieter then on most Windows PC notebooks. Even if Windows is installed on Mac that Mac will run hotter then a PC with the same exact hardware configurations. This is a fact and experienced by many Mac users. Including myself.

    Mac fans run all the time. From the second you start them up to the second they shut down completely. I personally don't know of any Windows PC notebook that do that. My Dell E6420 with the exact same CPU and more RAM, 16GBs in the Dell and 8 in my Mac, with the Dell having 2 drives, one a SSD the other a Spinner in the media bay, and the Mac having only one Seagate XT series in the main bay the Dell fans rarely come on unless I am taxing the system in some way. They are not on continuously and certainly not when I turn the system on. So Apple has designed the Mac to run the fans continuously to try and keep the system cool from the first power on.


    So your statement is completely false. But it is what most people think even though it is unfounded.

    ShaneBunting wrote:


    This is not true. The hardware is simply better on a Mac. Even when running Windows on a Mac, you'll have a far better experience than on a PC..

  • ShaneBunting Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    If that is your belief then I suggest you begin answering threads on Microsoft's forums about all the compatibility issues and hardware design faults users experience.. Good luck..

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