anything worth upgrading to from classic 15' 2012?

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

  1. isephmusic macrumors 6502

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    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 68000

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    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

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    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.

    hm
     
  4. august49 macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

    hm...
     

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