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Old 2013-02-13, 10:24
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about to get new laptop - can i get away with dual core?

My 2.53 ghz core 2 duo with 4 gb ram is not cutting it on my mid-2009 13" MBP. My my songs have tons of tracks and more and more Rack Extensions, as more and more come out and steal my money away. My songs get to the point of glitching (not purposely - haha) and slowing down or stopping. I've combatted it a little by bouncing each track out as an AIFF and opening a new song and uploading all tracks and doing final mix there - but those are like 15 GB files and my 320 GB hard drive can only take so much...

I am looking at the newer i7 MBP computers and have narrowed it down to either a 2.7 or 2.9 ghz dual core, or a 2.2 or 2.4 quad core. I'd like to stay 13" for portability which is why I'm considering the 2.7 dual, as the quads only come in a 15".

So, if I'm a guy running huge files with 10 minute songs and gobs of Rack Extensions that is just starting to max out his C2D processor, do you think I could get away with the 2.7 or 2.9 dual 13" ones? These are around 1000-1100$. Or should I just deal with the bigger size and go with the 15" quads for 1300-1500$. I have a nice TimBuk2 bag and the 13" fits so nicely in it!

No, I'm not getting a PC notebook even if it was a quarter of the price =p
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