Almost Time To Upgrade from Late '08 unibody 13.3 MB, Suggestions?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vr4playa, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. vr4playa macrumors member

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    So I've had my late '08 13.3 MB since late '10 and while it still seems to do what I need it to in a decent amount of time, I feel it's about time to look for my next MB(probably an MBP now).

    The only issue I have is it is somewhat slow when I run VMFusion and try to do both Yosemite 10.10.2 and Windows 7(which I need for tax software) despite having 6GB 1067MHz DDR3 RAM and 2.4GHz C2D processor. Either way, for a nearly 7yr old laptop it's amazing how efficient it still runs and while I was originally thinking of going for a 2012 model, I saw on the MR buyer's guide to stay away from any 2012 MBP models that are not retina display. In addition, I'm probably looking for a 256GB flash storage vs. the 250GB SATA I currently have.

    With that in mind, what model would be best to get a max of 16GB RAM(I would probably upgrade through a hook-up I have at CDW vs. buying it with that much on-board), 256GB flash and probably either an i3 or i5 duo or quad core processor for under $1000?
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    There's no rMBP that's under $1000.

    Based on your usage, the middle-end rMBP (2.6/8/256) would suit you fine.

    If you can, buy refurbished. I recommend the late-2013 13" rMBP 2.4/8/256 configuration.
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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  4. TLmac macrumors member

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    That is the exact one I will be getting. Can't wait. I just pray it's a good investment. It will be my first Mac.
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    I got the upgraded version...

    ....2.6ghz 512gb (just for the drive size) about a yearago it has been nothing but brilliant...
     
  6. TLmac macrumors member

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    Good to hear...I hope to be able to say the same some day! I would like to put my HP into the snow!! :mad::(:(:(
     
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    FYI: You can't upgrade RAM on retina models, it's soldered in.
     

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