$2,500 budget, need your opinion

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  1. milan03 macrumors 6502

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    Well, like the title says, I can spend no more than $2,500 usd, and absolute not a penny over so please avoid the replies like "if you add just ... $, you could get blah blah.. :)

    Here is what I'm looking into:

    1. Refurbished 17" Hi-Res Glossy Merom 2.4Ghz 7,200rpm $2,350

    2. New 15" Penryn 2.5Ghz 7,200rpm $2,350 (after the student discount)

    3. New 15" Penryn 2.4Ghz 7,200rpm $1,890 (after the student discount)

    My main concern is if the previous gen 17" nonLED merom screens are good enough comparing to the new LED 15" or 17" penryn MBP ones? Ive been seeing lots of complaints about the new LED panel defects, wondering if the previous gen 17 inchers had less problems.
    Please share your opinions ups and downs of each generation.

    Your opinion is HIGHLY appreciated! :)
     
  2. robanga macrumors 68000

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    The third one. All of that $$ for just another .1 Ghz seems a bit of a stretch.
     
  3. PowerBookRelic macrumors 6502

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    I think the biggest question is how are you going to use your MBP. As a student, I wanted the 15" version because it has more portability. Especially now that I live off campus, it is easy for me to bring my PBG4 15" to school. I feel that the 17" would have been too bulky and heavy. That being said, between 2 and 3, I would choose 3 hands down. The only difference between them is the CPU (negligible), the L2 Cache (from what I understand, doesn't make any appreciable difference), the video card RAM (from what I have read, the card cannot even utilize the extra RAM), and the HDD (but it seems that you are using a BTO HDD option). Therefore, IMO, I think it comes down to what screen size you want. When you decide that, if you want a 15" screen, then 3 is your answer, if you want 17" 1 is your answer.
     
  4. milan03 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Whats the deal with the screen? How do the merom and penryn 17" panels compare?
    As i said $2,500 is the budget. I'm not really chasing the .1Ghz, but rather more screen real estate as I will be doing lots of music and video editing as well as watching HD videos. However, as I said, I really need opinion on how good are the previous 17" lcd's. I'd rather go for the new 15" if the previous 17" panels were a lot worse than the current ones.

    Thank you guys!
     
  5. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I would say that you'll probably get a good LCD with a refurbished since they are guaranteed to be looked over by a human. Although I would go with option 3 as that is the most cost effective method, and I have the same laptop and it is perfect.
     
  6. milan03 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh I'm absolutely sure that the refurbished MBP will be mint condition, but I wanted to know in technical terms how are the previous gen nonLED 17" panels compare with the current 17" LED ones in terms of pure performance, battery life, etc...

    Thanks for your fast replies!
     
  7. DJJONES macrumors 6502

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    u can get a santa rosa basemodel mbp for 1699 @ guitar center with 1 year intrest free no payments i think that right there blows all those deals away.;)

    but at the same time the basemodel penryn is the best choice i cant complain

    get a external upgrade the memory buy a nice 22inch screen maybe a mouse too wid the left over dough
     
  8. milan03 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Actually, if you are talking about the previous basic merom model 2.2Ghz, refurbished one off the apple site is about 1,449, 2.4Ghz is 1,649. I am buying the laptop through the 1 year 0% interest Visa... also already have 24" Dell's 24wfp. hehe :) Lol I shouldnt've posted the option 3 hehe...
     
  9. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Oh no! I forgot apple has a student discount! Too late I already ordered.
     
  10. felt. macrumors 6502a

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    ADC student account $99
    2.5ghz 17" hi-res glossy MBP w/ ADC hardware discount $2,319
    total $2418

    thats what i did.. and the thing is amazing.. HD stuff looks incredible on this display, and not a single problem with funny noises, bad display etc.. its perfect
     
  11. DJJONES macrumors 6502

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    thats how u do it! lolll:D
     
  12. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Third one, spend the remainder on AppleCare + 3rd party RAM + and a new case for the machine.
     
  13. puke macrumors regular

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    You took the words out of my mouth
     
  14. markrivers macrumors 6502a

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    if you want more screen..

    3rd option and get an external LCD 20 -24 or even a 30 inch will fit your 2500 budget.
     
  15. andrewdale macrumors 6502a

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    +1
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  16. milan03 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Lol so i guess i should get the new 2.4Ghz...
    But i already have 24" screen... I would need something for the road that has some real estate.
     
  17. Ryuukumori macrumors 6502

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    Why would you need extra screen size on the road? Do you travel ALOT?

    If not, going with the 15" is fine. You always have the 24" at home when you really need it. 2" larger doesn't make a whole big difference.
     
  18. milan03 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I do travel all the time. THats the thing. <----- musician.
     
  19. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I've owned both the Santa Rosa MBP (15") and the Penryn MBP (15") both were stock $2000 models upgraded to 4GB of RAM. There is maybe a 10% or so speed increase, and an hour more of battery life which is really nice on the Penryn version.
     
  20. milan03 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Now thats a real response :D
    So i guess Penryn's battery life is a bit longer.
    Could anyone compare the merom vs penryn 17" battery/screen performance?

    Thank you!
     
  21. swmr macrumors regular

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    I got the 2.4 with 200 GB hard drive. Also bought a printer, external HD, remote, iWork, and Applecare. The total was $26xx (and change). Basically, you can get under your budget very easily depending on what you need. I actually got a rebate on the printer so it ended up totalling like $2520 or something like that.

    If you go with that third option of yours, you can use the remaining money to get things like external storage, or a printer if you need it.
     
  22. milan03 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do you notice any significant performance slowdowns due to the lower L2 cache in the basic 15" mbp?
     
  23. milan03 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just learnt that older nonLED 17" MBP's panels lose the reproduction quality over time while the LED's never do. Also since they use more power i think ill be going for 15 inchers :)
    So ya'll are saying i should definitely go for the cheapest penryn, right?
     
  24. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    Buy the cheapest penryn, load it up with 4gb RAM and maybe a 7200rpm hard drive (helps a lot with music production stuff, if you use Pro tools its a big help).

    Thats going to give you the best bang for your buck, you'll have the great LED backlit screen in a realistically portable size (17" is pretty damn big!)
     
  25. milan03 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like what im gonna be doing :)

    15" MBP @ 2.4Ghz + 7,200rpm HD = $2,047.20 with Student Discount + Tax

    4Gb Ram is about $70

    Thats pretty cheap deal imho. Btw, how do you sign up for ADC discount?
     

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