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Old 01-08-2015, 09:08 AM
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Originally Posted by davebarnes View Post
Get the most RAM you can as it cannot be upgraded later.
Get the largest "disk" you can afford.
CPU speed is not as important.

Agreed... the 16GB 256GB was perfect for me... as said I have a 2TB ATC for storage.

I didn't feel the Nvidia GPU and extra 256GB was worth an extra $500 so I passed on that... the base Pro will do everything I need (AutoCAD plus amateur photo/video editing) just fine.

On a side note, loving the 2.2 quad core i7. It wasn't the biggest reason I bought the machine though... that honor goes to the retina display.

Just amazing...
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:10 AM
Location: Wandering.
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Originally Posted by thelopez2 View Post
They did that with the old Mac Book Airs, put a different battery with the nvidia units, I'm surprised they are still doing it, but guess it is necessary for marketing.

Going back to the OP, would they need to purchase a full retail or OEM Windows, or do they get something special for being a student such as MSDN?
An OEM / Retail version would be fine. I don't believe that there is an inexpensive MSDN variant that contains OS licenses (not even sure that any MSDN package contains OS licenses anymore).
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