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I'm really debating back and forth with this one and I don't know which one would be good for me. I'm going to college for Computer Systems Technician (More info at provided link More Info) and was wondering if a MBP would be good enough for my needs there. I plan on running Boot Camp with Windows 7 and VMware with Linux when I start learning about that in college.

I was thinking of getting the 15" MBP since it has 4GB of ram which I think would be good for hopefully for VMware and Boot Camp. Good ? Bad ? I would basically just be using it for work, music, internet and maybe playing CSS or TF2. I'm also looking at the MBAir but it being a dualcore, If it would be enough for me.

Sorry if I kind of made this all confusing, Basically its which MacBook should I get for what I'm doing in college?
    
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I have the MBP 15inch late 2009 model and which i did the same thing you are thinking of doing but i just recently finished my Associates.

My mac has the 2.8GHz C2D and 4GB of ram and it runs VMware Workstation beautifully, and the windows side does the same. (Plays black ops, TF2(either side)

So if you went with the new MBP then you definitely shouldn't have any problems with vmware or anything like that.
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I think the 15 inch is a great option, learning on a mac/pc combo gives you quite a broader scope of experience in your field than just PC. I'd recommend the better 15" though, so you can play future games too.
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A Macbook pro none the less is a decent laptop to use. However, I'm afraid that the computer science people are gonna laugh at you when you show up to class with a MBP.
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Alright, thanks for that info! I guess the 15inch 2.0GHz i7 Quad and HD 6490M w/ 256MB is worth the extra $300? Since I'm not going to really game at all on it besides like TF2 and CSS. Or would I be fine with the 13inch 2.7GHz i7 dual with Intel HD Graphics 3000 be okay?

EDIT: @van13330gg: you think so? . Do you know any good laptops within around $600 or so? I would only spend over $1000 for a Mac.
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I'd go with the higher end 15" one.
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Originally Posted by Birdy1337 View Post
Alright, thanks for that info! I guess the 15inch 2.0GHz i7 Quad and HD 6490M w/ 256MB is worth the extra $300? Since I'm not going to really game at all on it besides like TF2 and CSS. Or would I be fine with the 13inch 2.7GHz i7 dual with Intel HD Graphics 3000 be okay?
Don't get the 13inch you won't like it. its to small and yes the 15 is worth the money.
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A Macbook pro none the less is a decent laptop to use. However, I'm afraid that the computer science people are gonna laugh at you when you show up to class with a MBP.


Everyone in my computer science program (30) had macbook pros because if you are learning on mac/pc/linux then you learn more tricks and tips and are able to do more things in the IT industry then the person who has attached them selfs to a pc.
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Okay I'm going to be getting the 15 inch 2.0GHz i7. I do have a question. If I was asked to ever remote connect to a server or pc, Could I do that with the Windows running in Boot Camp? Or is there a way to do that through OS X?
    
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Okay I'm going to be getting the 15 inch 2.0GHz i7. I do have a question. If I was asked to ever remote connect to a server or pc, Could I do that with the Windows running in Boot Camp? Or is there a way to do that through OS X?
you can remote using either OS Microsoft makes Remote Desktop Connection for mac

and yes windows in boot camp runs just like windows on any other pc
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