2012 Retina Macbook Pro 15 inch Refurb Base ($1599) vs 2013 High End Model ($2599)

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  1. bballaz, Oct 24, 2013
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    bballaz macrumors newbie

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    I have been waiting to upgrade my mid 2009 macbook pro 15 inch. I use my laptop for study (word, excel, powerpoint, photoshop). I would also like to be able to use a macbook pro for gaming such as DOTA 2, CSGO, and Final Fantasy 14. I really want a dGPU for my gaming needs and the base model for 2013 doesn't have one. Do you think the upgrades on the 2013 high end model is worth 1000 dollars over the base model from 2012? Also, I am concerned that the base model of 2012 retina macbook pro only has 8gb of ram. Is there a big difference between 8 and 16 gb ram on the retina macbook pro? I am not concerned with storage and I could care less about battery life since I'm plugged in all the time. Lastly, is there a big difference between 650m and 750m?

    With this information, which macbook retina do you recommend?
     
  2. Chuck-Norris macrumors 6502a

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    save a grand and get the refurb, u wont even notice a difference for ur uses
     
  3. gametime10 macrumors regular

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    Save the $1000. Depreciation for high end apple gear is pretty rough. If you're savvy, you might be able to get an even better deal buying used. Lots of people selling on CL and eBay.
     
  4. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely in value-for-money terms, the refurb is a clear winner. If you're even a little savvy about it, you can resell it in a year and upgrade to an equivalent Haswell for a negligible cost (~$200).

    Having typed that, I'm now tempted to do the same thing myself! ;)
     
  5. aiyaaabatt macrumors 6502

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    I bought two haswell 15.4'' macbook retinas w/ 2.3 i7, 16gb ddr3, 512gb for $1600 each on craigslist last night. Both factory sealed with 3 years apple care warranty. I am on cloud 9.

    edit: don't know why i quoted you johnny, but i had to tell someone.
     
  6. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

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    You quoted me, naturally, because YOU WANT TO SELL ME ONE!!!

    (Please.)

    You were always my favourite, after all... :D
     
  7. aiyaaabatt macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately, it is already claimed by my wife... :)

    And yes - she will never utilize it to its full potential... which makes me cry a little inside.
     
  8. bballaz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I will save a grand and buy the refurb base model. Thanks for the advices
     
  9. Texxy macrumors 6502

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    That is awesome! Where are you located if you do not mind me asking?
     
  10. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

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    Well, it just so happens I have this ADORABLE little MacBook--it's WHITE!!--that I'm sure she would just totally love. It sends emails and stores recipes like a true champion, I assure you...! ;)

    PS: I resent all of you lucky bozos who manage to find actual deals on Craigslist. In my town CL is foul with idiots selling used, year old models with the tag line "Save the tax!" It's like Haswell never happened for these schmucks...
     
  11. aiyaaabatt macrumors 6502

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    california

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    ;)
     
  12. Texxy macrumors 6502

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    Sent you a PM!
     
  13. john123 macrumors 68000

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    Congratulations on your purchase of stolen goods. Please tell me you don't actually think you got a legitimate deal.

    I've seen this play out too many times. If you are, in fact, serious about having given someone $3200, wow. Just wow.
     

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