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Old 09-22-2016, 01:54 PM   #1
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I'm looking in the 'used' market for a macbook that can handle moderator editing tasks, to accompany my home work station (specced iMac). When I say moderate, I'm talking anything up to ProRes 1080p files, light Photoshop work etc. Nothing too powerful .. since afterall, anything that requires extra juice can just be completed on my home work station.

So, please do point in the right direction in terms of specs .. more so processors/gfx cards and what will be adequate for my needs .. advice on diskspace and RAM isn't required, since I'm already aware the former needs to be least 500GB+, and that the latter can be maxed with additional purchases.

So, processors, gfx cards, year models, shoot away with any advice, taking into consideration I'm looking in the used market .. Cheers!

Nb. Budget is around the 500 mark, though willing to be flexible with this ..
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Any Macbook or Macbook pro that is from the last few years that can run Mavericks, Yosemite or El Capitan will work for you.
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Old 09-25-2016, 01:30 PM   #4
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Any Macbook or Macbook pro that is from the last few years that can run Mavericks, Yosemite or El Capitan will work for you.
So even i7 processors in the lower 2GHz w/ graphic cards less than a gigabyte would run Premiere smoothly?
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yes it would. If money is no object, then get the fastest processor, the most RAM and the highest GFX card.
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Which of the below would I experience faster performance from, both with playback and rendering video/graphic files ..

Intel Core i7 2nd Gen 3.1GHz
8GB RAM
AMD Radeon HD 6750M, Intel HD Graphics 3000 512MB
Apple MacBook Pro A1286 15.4" (October,2011) 2.2GHz, 4GB RAM 500GB HDD Good Cond 885909534159 | eBay

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Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 2.3GHz
16GB RAM
Intel HD Graphics 4000, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512MB
Apple MacBook Pro A1286 15.4" (June,2012) 2.3GHz,4GB SDRAM 0885909580040 | eBay

.. and from both a general point of view, which would you personally recommend I opt with? There's also the below, which comes pre-installed w/ Microsoft Office and a 6month warranty, plus the seller has close to perfect feedback, as apposed to the above links ..

Apple MacBook Pro 15.4" Quad core i7 2.2ghrz 8GB 500GB (Feb 2011) 6 M Warranty | eBay

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Nb. Just regarding that first link I posted, title states its 2.2GHz, yet info states its 3.1GHz .. I'm not sure there's even a October 2011 MacBook w/ 3.1GHz, so I assume its 2.2, as the title states?
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