Refurb MBP or New MB?

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

  1. MacVault macrumors 65816

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    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

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    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

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    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

    Zeem
     
  4. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    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

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    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...

    $899
    $299
    $79
    $150 (RAM)

    Total: $1427
     
  6. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is having C2D more important than a real GPU as in the MBP?
     
  7. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    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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