Refurb MBP or New MB?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MacVault, Jan 16, 2007.

  1. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    Just looking for advice... Should I buy...

    • Refurbished (Apple Store) MacBook Pro, 15-inch, 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo
    • 15.4-inch widescreen display (1440x900 resolution)
    • 1GB (single SODIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    • 100GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
    • Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    • ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory
    • Built-in iSight Camera
    • Front Row and Apple Remote
    • Your price: $1,399.00
    • Free Shipping

    Or ...

    • Brand New (MacMall) 13.3" MacBook Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz White 1GB/80GB/SD
    • Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz
    • 1GB DDR2
    • 80GB SATA/100
    • Intel GMA 950 graphics 64MB
    • 13.3" TFT 1280x800
    • SuperDrive(DVD+-R/CD-RW)
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • 802.11g WLAN
    • Bluetooth
    • Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger
    • Parallels Desktop
    • Final Cut Express HD
    • $1,325 (after rebates)
    • Free Shipping

    Any comments?
  2. mick4394 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2006
    Flyover country
    I'd wait for Apple to put up more refurbed Macbooks. They start at $799.00. Cut your costs even more.
  3. Zimmy macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2005
    I am in the same situation as you, but on the uk store, i would like a C2D macbook pro, but a more realistic money conscious me has a choice between a C2D macbook or a CD macbook pro.

    So confused.. lol

  4. BigPrince macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    C2d at the very least IMO. I know Apple refurbs are generally good, but theres just something about buying it new that I like. I dunno, maybe I am a snob. I just like knowing what my computer has been through.
  5. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    But I definitely want the Super Drive model, so it would be $899 at least, and then if I want Parallels, Final Cut Express HD, and 1GB ram it would be...

    $150 (RAM)

    Total: $1427
  6. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    Is having C2D more important than a real GPU as in the MBP?
  7. BigPrince macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    Well, for my needs and uses I rather have a quicker, more up to date processor then nice graphics card. For several years I had a 8mb graphic card while people were using 64-onwards and I was satisfied with my 8mb. I have seen the Macbooks intgetrated graphics and IMO its not a tragic situation, and if your going to be using it for gaming, then your buying the wrong computer anyway, although I know that games do run good on my iMac g5 in my opinion. I think that the C2D with its 64 bit processing capabilities might come in more handy then a dedicated GPU for the future. Apple is not going to release eye candy features in Leopard that won't be compatible with a dedicated graphics chip, or at least I hope not. However, for speed, it might make Leopard run better and with less issues. Other's might tell you otherwise, but this is how I feel.

    EDIT: You can always upgrade RAM in the future.

    *hypotheically* If I had 2 macbooks side by side with tiger on them. One CD with dedicated graphics. One C2D with integrated graphics.

    Ripple effect from dashborad: I doubt I could catch the difference of the ripples

    Genie Effect: Again, doubt there would be a terrible difference

    Rendering effects in iLife: C2D would probably be faster

    Games: The CD with dedicated graphics would be better.

    Loading programs: C2D

    So you gotta balance with your needs. I think there are more needs for C2D then dedicated graphics.

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