2011 vs 2012 cMBP

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  1. Rhinoevans macrumors 6502

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    Brand new inbox 2011 MBP for $1589 and no tax

    or New cMBP for $1789 and no tax


    I think that is not enough off???

    Is the only diff Ivy and USB 3.0



    Thanks

    Not interested in rMBP
     
  2. procrastinasn macrumors regular

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    Seems like you know what you're getting.
    I think it's up to you to decide.
    Do you think you're going to need the faster USB ports?
    How long do you plan to keep this computer?
     
  3. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    You failed to mention specs of each machine so how do we know what to advise?
     
  4. pshifrin macrumors 6502

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    Get the 2011 and spend $169 on newegg for the Samsung 830 256gb SSD and $85 for 16gb of ram and you will have an incredibly fast machine.
     
  5. Rhinoevans thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I thought the price pointed to the SPECIFIC machine. Both are the baseline cMBP, $1799

    The Military exchange charges $10 less and no tax, so that is the reason it it $1789 and $1589
     
  6. TRAV9614 macrumors regular

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    If you got a 2012 15" base refurb it would be $1529. This is the same thing that I got and am completely satisfied. You can't tell the difference between this one and a new machine, it's definitely a good deal. Oh and as far as 2011 vs 2012 go with the 2012 so you have USB 3 that will make the resale value higher in the future.
     
  7. M5RahuL macrumors 68020

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    To me, the HD 4000 iGPU, USB 3, NVIDIA GT650 dGPU, 1600 MHz RAM, and Ivy Bridge chipset are worth the $200 difference.

    Just my 0.02 :)
     
  8. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    I agree. Even for resale.

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    I agree with this as well.
     
  9. newdeal macrumors 68020

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    ...

    I got a used 2010 model for $900 (i5 2.53 arrandale, 8gb ram) in perfect shape with over a year of applecare remaining on it off ebay. With the money I saved I will pit in an SSD and it will be super fast. For most people the cpu makes very little differance, unless you game the graphics makes very little differance, thunderbolt is pretty much useless, usb 3 is great but there really arent many devices (inexpensive ones anyway) that take advantage of the extra speed (yet). So basically unless you game or do cpu intensive tasks (in which case a laptop isnt really ideal anyway) I would get an older model (either refurb or used) and pit an ssd in it. As for resale value the cheaper machine will probobly lose less money because by the time you sell it the retina style models will have replaced these models and all of these models will have depreciated to similar levels due to being last generation
     
  10. Rhinoevans thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks 2012 it is then.
     
  11. cocacolakid macrumors 65816

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    Both of those models are available right now as refurbs in the Apple Store for far $200-300 less. Every Apple refurb I've ever bought looks brand new and comes with the same 1 year warranty.
     
  12. Rhinoevans thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I get them no tax, so Refbur @8.25 is about $125 So might as well get new
     
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  14. lewdvig macrumors 65816

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    I am faced with a similar decision

    used feb 2011 15" MBP with 6750 for $1100 or refurb 2012 15" MBP with 650m for $1600

    pretty sure I'll get the latter - warranty, IB, Kepler, usb3, runs cooler

    my fear is that rmbp refurb hots the store right after I buy for $1900
     
  15. TRAV9614 macrumors regular

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    The base 2012 retina refurb will probably be 15% off so it will most likely be $1869.
     
  16. Rhinoevans thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I has eliminated the rMBP as an option for 2 reason:

    1. Way to many issues
    2. I want to upgrade Ram and SSD

    When they get it all sorted out, and an Intel process (Haswell) that can handle all those pixels, maybe..So in 2 years i'll be ready for a new retina laptop anyway
     
  17. lewdvig macrumors 65816

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    that's a good plan

    right now I have a Y580 laptop with 660m GTX (same chip as the 650m - but the 650M is clocked HIGHER in the MBP) and it handles everything I throw at it.

    IMO (like the 6750m) it will still be pretty good in 2 years. Unlike the x1600 and 330m GPUs in past MBPs.
     
  18. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with ^^^this^^^, but....

    I agree with ^^^this^^^ even more.

    I went with the second route and last night bought a Late 2011 cMBP-15 base (upgraded to 8GB RAM) with less than 100 battery cycles, for less than $1000 (including a retail copy of Win 7, but w/o box and software).

    I'm going to put a 750GB hybrid and 16GB memory in it & buy the box/software online, and I'll have a nearly new blazing fast computer with 16GB & 750GB (with 13 second boots) for under $1200.

    I was going to buy a base rMBP, but now I feel like I can wait until Haswell, 802.11ac, and some of the issues get ironed out.
     
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