anything worth upgrading to from classic 15' 2012?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by isephmusic, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. isephmusic macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    hey guys got a good offer of $1250 for my 15inch with 4gb ram 500hd and gtx 650

    i like it but i hate the weight of the thing and the slowest 5400rpm drive i the slowest thing in the world. is there anything apple and non apple that i should upgrade to that will let me keep graphics performance yet add a fast ssd for 1400-1500? i saw this one asus laptop with the sickest spun metal finish back of it looked really premium i like that but yeah id like to stick to OSx. any suggestions ?
  2. john123 macrumors 68020


    Jul 20, 2001
    Refurb 2012 Retina MBP. $1599+tax. If you're a Discover card member, you get 5% via ShopDiscover and another 5% (up to $1500) for the quarterly bonus. That should get things close to your price range, even if you're in a tax-heavy state, and is frankly a no-brainer.
  3. isephmusic thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    would going up to the 1499 retina 13inch be bad ? im not sure if ill miss the 15inch screen but i HATE dragging this thing to the library. it just sucks loosing the 650. it plays all the things i want so nicely. but i cant live another day without an ssd lol even clicking on settings takes a good 9 secs before it comes up. the weight is killer too at 5lb not ideal

    so a refurb 2012 or a haswell 13 which entices me with the 9 hour battery life. on the other hand the 15 retina is powerful for all the intense apps i throw at it.

  4. august49 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2013
    Why not upgrade the cMBP?

    so why not upgrade with a ssd and 16gb memory? Couple of bucks and your machine will run just as fast as the new ones with ssd and memory. and no screen / creaking / yellow display worries. MY 15" 2012 cMBP with ssd and 16gb boots in less than 10 seconds. Saved a ton of money on the upgrades.

    Just sayin'.
  5. isephmusic thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    256 ssd = 144 $. 8 gigs ram = 60 $

    1300 + 200 = 1500. one hundred less than a refurb with a retina screen.... and 1lb less.

    so like i said I'm really itching for the 13inch haswell new cuz of the battery life or the 15inch refurb cuz of the power for price (1599)
  6. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2013
    The retina display is the primary reason to upgrade. Performance-wise, if you put an SSD in your cMBP, the difference will be negligible.

    I second john123's suggestion--the refurb $1599 15" retina is a damned fine deal.

    I just dropped the lion's share of $1000 MORE on a high-end Haswell MBP (I was able to use a friend's 15% Apple Store discount), although I realize the actual difference in performance between the two machines is probably closer to $500 worth, if that.
  7. isephmusic thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    on craiglist there is a feb 2013 edition for 1600. on the refurb apple store its 1599 but july 2012 model


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