Design Student Needing Computer Advice

in General Discussion edited January 2014

I know right now that the basic requirements for my computer is met by the 13 inch MacBook Pro (no retina), but I'm debating the merits of the hard drive. My choices are 1 TB Serial ATA at 5400 RPM (I'd prefer 7200, but it's not available for the model) or 256-512 GB SSD. I know the latter is faster, but the $540 price-tag for the upgrade is unattractive.


I'm going into animation and illustration, and from what I'm guessing, we're going to be using most of the Adobe Suite from CS6 and a lot of other hefty animation applications. My assumption was to get the highest memory for my hard drive available. However, would it be more cost efficient to just buy the 256 GB or even less and haul around an external memory drive?


And last question, but is it even worth it to upgrade to the 2.9 GHz with 8 GB? Would there be a noticeable speed difference? If I just bought the 512 GB SSD and upgraded the 2.5 GHz to 8GB, would that be sufficient?


Just trying to be less-broke than I will be anyway from higher education.


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