Opinion on my future MBP purchase?
Hey folks, this will be a bit of a long one as I want to provide as much details as possible, so as to get the most complete answer possible. ;P
I'm looking at picking up, most likely, the i5-2.6GHz/8GB/256GB 13" MacBook Pro in the near future. I plan on transitioning this to become my primary computer, and ideally selling off my old custom-built PC in its favour. I'll probably make use of USB hubs etc so as to retain use of my 27" monitor, keyboard/mouse, sound mixer/mic, external storage and etc. (So it'll be a "mobile desktop" of sorts.)
The bulk of my computing time is just social media consumption, keeping up with tech news, and video streaming etc. But I also do enjoy the occasional game, and do some audio/video work including podcasting/vlogging.
I'm looking at my future MBP to handle all of the above. I use Sony Vegas for my video editing, though I've used iMovie in the past and want to try to switch to Adobe Premiere or Final Cut, depending what's easier and/or more cross-platform friendly. That said, I also need native access to both Mac OS, and Windows 8.1, so I'll be using BootCamp but probably also a VM of some sort--used VirtualBox in the past with some success...
I'm wondering how a MBP specced as above will do for this usage; my home PC is a 1st-gen i7-950 with 10GB RAM and dual Radeon 5870s. Obviously the Intel Iris GPU won't be as much of a powerhouse but it's also not key. My PC does everything beautifully, renders 720p/1080p video at an acceptable rate (for me?) and my guess is that the i5 MBP being several generations newer, should yield similar results. Am I right to assume this, or will I possibly need to budget more toward the i7 version?
I was originally looking at the MacBook Air for this, but I definitely want the Retina screen and the higher performance of the MBP's processors & Iris graphics.
One thing I'm wondering about: I suspect the 256GB SSD might be a little on the small size, with the dual-OS setup. I will definitely be using external storage, and will probably pick up one of those PNY StorEdge cards for non-essentials like my iTunes library etc... any thoughts on this?
Greatly appreciate any experienced input you folks can provide. Thanks in advance!