About to go buy MBP in 30 min. Need last minute words of wisdom/advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kntgsp, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. kntgsp macrumors 6502a

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    Have everything down to the proc speed.

    2.0 vs. 2.16

    Worth the 270 dollars?

    I mean, is it noticable. I'll be dual booting it into photoshop, and need to know whether or not that extra .16 will make the difference.

    Thanks.
     
  2. eVolcre macrumors 65816

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  3. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    The only advice I can give right now is to get the fastest system you can comfortable afford.

    Also keep in mind that Apple is already up to the 4th revision in some components, so buying directly from Apple by phone or on-line is going to unsure that you get the latest hardware upgrades.

    Of course plan on buying you RAM third party.

    OWC, Crucial or Datamem have the best deals.

    YOU DO NOT NEED A/V SOFTWARE!
    Spend your money on a good router and use a good personal firewall
    like Lil Snitch, NetBarrier or IPNetSentry.
     
  4. eVolcre macrumors 65816

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    >>>Of course plan on buying you RAM third party.

    How much do you save? With my edu discount maxing the ram upto 2 gigs is only 200 bucks more. I think it might be worth it just to have everything installed by APPLE and not having to mess with 3rd party etc
     
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  6. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    When you purchase the Upgrade RAM at Apple, you are buying an upgrade TO 2 GB and not actually ADDING 2 GB, so there's quite a price difference.

    I would check to prices at OWC (www.macsales.com) to actually add 2 GB of factory original Samsung RAM to your system.
     
  7. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    How much you save depends on where you buy it. Go to http://www.ramseeker.com to compare prices. If you have the money to max the ram, buy the faster processor and get any software you need, do it. Otherwise you will do better with more memory rather than the slightly faster processor.

    Best wishes
     
  8. viperguy macrumors 6502

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    Check Macmall.com site.
    They got a few rebates offers.
    Note: I have never bought from them, so I can't tell you how fast/reliable they are. Just came to their site and found some interesting offers on new MBPros... Including extra RAM. But that's third party installing it, not apple
     
  9. eVolcre macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I'm just buying the whole thing maxed out. 2.16 processor, max ram, faster hardrive, the whole shebang. And I'm going to get iWork preinstalled.

    I value convenience. My time is worth close to 100 bucks per hour (minimum) when I bill myself out so spending an extra 300 with Apple to save me the hassle is worth it. :)

    (It's nice to be graduating with an MBA from a top school with a job lined up in 4 months. So many toys to buy :p )
     
  10. viperguy macrumors 6502

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    100 bucks / hour :eek:
    That's more than people usually get in a month of work here
     
  11. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    I know it's tempting to satisfy that need for instant gratification by simply going down to your local Apple Store or reseller, but you really do benefit
    from the latest tweaks ordering directly from Apple.
     
  12. eVolcre macrumors 65816

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    That's what I'm doing ... :confused:


    Working the whole month and getting a 100 bucks total??? Dude, someone is getting taken advantage of.

    But, keep in mind, I have just spent $80,000 on a 2 year MBA> It's going to take a LOT of billable hours to get that back. :(
     
  13. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    My damn plumber just charged me $95.00 per hour to replace our pressure tank, so there are certainly other skills that demand that kind of pay.

    I'm lucky to get 1/4 of that after 25 years where I work.
     
  14. viperguy macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, my country sucks :p
     
  15. nilmar macrumors newbie

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    Cool... MBA... Dude, which school? Kellogg, Wharton, Haas? My goal is to go to Johnson business school ( cornell university) in 10 years time... somehow i really like cornell....but a MBA is really expensive. I have to spend 200k singapore dollars for a the 2 year course.
     
  16. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Here, you're doing well getting through college owing ONLY $80,000
    Then add a mortgage for $2000 plus a month, a car, utilities, health care, food.

    $50,000 per year is just barely enough to live poorly.
     
  17. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    what? I wouldn't say most mac users are in the $1,200/year range. Seeing as macs and iPods cost money I'm guessing most of us make more than that. Hell I make more than that in a day.
     
  18. eVolcre macrumors 65816

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    Amen to that. BTW, that 80k is JUST my MBA loans. I had another 40k for my undergrad tuition that I finally just paid off last year. And as you said, 50k now ain't what it was cracked up to be once you had the other stuff in.
     
  19. viperguy macrumors 6502

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    I don't even have a job, so I feel quite excluded here lol
     
  20. eVolcre macrumors 65816

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    But you also don't have 80k in debt. So, in a way, you're the richest one here. YAY - buy us all NANOS!

    :p
     
  21. viperguy macrumors 6502

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    (lol, that didn't make me feel better.)
    Have you bought your Mac already?
    How does it feel
     
  22. milo macrumors 604

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    Depends where you live. Some places, rent is $2k a month for a tiny place, other places you can get a huge place for a fraction of that. If you can't live on that, move.
     
  23. eVolcre macrumors 65816

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    It's not THAT simple. Depending on what you do, you might be restricted to a certain geographical area. Yeah, I could make the same relative salary (with lower cost of living) in podunk, Idaho but what the heck would I do there?

    Where I'm moving to, 2000 is lucky for rent.
     
  24. Uma888 macrumors 6502

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    OFFTOPIC: what do you have an MBA in?
     
  25. eVolcre macrumors 65816

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    Debt Management. :(

    Strategy actually. With a strong minor in Marketing.
     

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