Advice on buying this macbook pro!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by awca22, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. awca22, Aug 11, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2013

    macrumors newbie

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    A friend of mine is selling me his classic macbook pro 15 mid 2012 here are the specs:
    2.6GHz Quad Core i7 Ivy Bridge Processor
    Crucial Brand 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 Memory
    Samsung Brand 830 Series SATA 6Gb/s 512GB SSD Drive
    Hi-Resolution 1680x1050 Screen
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB Video Memory

    He made the updates by itself the system was originally 8gb ram and 750 gb hdd; ( he is also including the 8gb ram memory and the hard drive)
    Also he is giving me 2 Western Digital My Passport 2TB External USB3 Hard Drives
    and a extra 85W Power Supplies.

    He is selling me all this for 1955$ I dont know if this is a good deal, I was going to buy a MBA 13 i7 with 256-512gb ssd but he says this is better.

    I would be using this for college CAD Software, Adobe Suite and some windows only apps.

    Do you think that it would be good to buy my friend laptops or buy a new mba 13?
    The battery cycle on his mbp is just 11 cycles.

    Thanks hope you can assist me in the decission! He says it is a great deal but I think it is overpowered for me.

    Also one of the things I found is that the mba has the new haswell processor and this mbp is still ivy bridge!

    PD: Im a mechatronics and electrical engineer student 2 year, I use a lot LABVIEW, MATHLAB, SOLIDWORKS, AUTOCAD.
     
  2. macrumors 68000

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    wait till the new mbp comes out with new processor. by next two months.
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    If your friend has apple care for the computer then I think it is a fair deal with all the hardware. Your friend might make a little more by removing the upgrades and selling separately. For engineering, the computer is a lot more powerful than the air and the higher res screen is better for labview, etc. Without apple care I would be very hesitant to put $2,000 towards something that may fail the day after you get it, thereby costing you a lot of money and possibly souring a friendship.
     
  4. macrumors member

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    I don't think it's overpowered for engineering school, and the price seems good. I think you could manage with the MBA though if you prefer the portability and and battery life.
     
  5. macrumors 65816

    phoenixsan

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    If comes with....

    AppleCare and all the equipment and upgrades work without problems, there are not cosmetic or other functional issues, I can say, a good deal can be done in this.

    Myself being an engineer, I would say, we always need more power.......:D



    :):apple:
     

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