$1499 13'' MBP or $1199 w/ upgraded RAM/HD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Donz0r, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. Donz0r macrumors 6502a

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    Hey,

    So, correct me if I'm wrong, but the only differences between the 1199 and 1499 13'' MBPs is hard drive, ram, and processor speed.

    Well If I buy the $1199 version and buy
    this 250GB 7200RPM hard drive for $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136279

    and this 4gb of 1066 ram for $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146878

    for a total price of $1199+70+75= $1344

    So I'm saving $150 and the only difference (correct me if I'm wrong please) is 0.27 GHZ.

    Will 0.27 GHZ make any difference?

    I'm coming from a 2.0ghz core duo original macbook.

    I may install windows also to use CAD Modeling software (ProEngineer perhaps) and use it, but I'm not sure if I'll have to yet

    Thanks
     
  2. Emerica macrumors member

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  3. Donz0r thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    come to think of it,

    with the 7200rpm hard drive, the 2.26 ghz one might perform better than a 2.53gpz w/ 5400rpm

    So since I'm a student I'll be getting a 13'' MBP with 2.26ghz, 4gb ram, 250gb 7200rpm HD, and all the goodies for $1245 and THEN sell my free iPod touch on ebay for $200. Wow, guess those rumors about Apple being more budget friendly were true!!
     
  4. gan6660 macrumors 65816

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    Just so you know you may not get $200 for the touch. Ebay will be flooded with touches the next few months and the prices drop, mostly because people got it for free anyway and are willing to let it go for less.
     
  5. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    .27, but yeah, it won't be terribly noticeable. Probably not worth the $150.
     
  6. Donz0r thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    wow, how could I have missed that? that engineering degree sure did me a lot of good :rolleyes:

    Yeah I think this is what I'll do. man I still can't get over that $1099 price point, mmmm delicious
     
  7. Cannedkoala macrumors member

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    If safety in numbers makes you feel better, this is what I'm planning as well :)
     
  8. thefrenches macrumors member

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    I ordered the 2.53ghz MBP, but wondering now if I should just have stuck with the 2.26ghz 'base model'. Of course now it makes little difference, but I'm assuming a year or two from now, the better chip speed will help, as all programs and computing seem to get so much more advanced so quickly, ready for the higher RAM, faster hard drives, and faster chipsets.

    I remember when it was said that there was NEVER a need for anything faster than 2.0ghz, but everything always gets faster in technology, and the 'standard' rises rather organically as a result.

    As with all processor speeds, what is considered barely overkill now will soon become the base, etc.

    Still, $150 is a high price to pay for that extra speed - I wish there was more in it than just that.
     
  9. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

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    I'm thinking of doing the same, not sure what HDD to get though the reviews on Newegg are a mixed bag. And just to point out they have the same model in a 320GB for only $5 more, seems like a no brainer to me.
     

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