Best bang for the buck MBP (upgrading on a budget)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by proverbs, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. proverbs macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2005

    I would greatly appreciate it if you guys could give me some advice.

    My MBP is finally dying, and I need a replacement soon. Unfortunately, it came at a time where I am not in such a great financial position. I am going to start a new business venture, and my computer will be something I use several hours a day for work. I will mostly be using it for Adobe CS6 and web page editing, but I might be doing a little bit of SolidWorks.

    I was looking in the range of $950-$1550 (used on eBay), depending on the best bang for the buck. On the low range of $950-$1050, I can find a used, low end, mid-2014 13" MBP (8gb RAM, 128 SSD). On the high range of $1500-$1600, I can find a used, low end, mid-2014 15" MBP (16gb RAM, 256 SSD). I was looking into these because they are the latest models and have retina screens, but I noticed I can find some bargains on the 2011-2013 models. Would you guys say that I should look into the older retina models for a better bargain? If I could save a hundred bucks on getting a 2012 model, would this be a better choice for the long run? Would you guys recommend a certain model that is the most cost efficient?

    Thanks so much for reading my post!
  2. nirvanemesis macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2014
    Typically with the 15" you get a better performance:money ratio. I would also suggest looking at the late 2013 models because the only difference between 2013 and 2014 is a miniscule 0.2 Ghz difference and increased RAM for the default model in 2014. If you could only save a hundred bucks getting a 2012 though, I would just get a newer model though, as there were some good performance and efficiency gains in Haswell.
  3. proverbs thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2005
    Thanks for the input nirvanemesis! I'm definitely leaning towards a 15" model.

    And I guess the Haswell chipset was a big improvement on it's predecessors and would be worth the extra money. I know that the late-2013 and mid-2014 both use this chipset, so maybe I should stick with these two.

    Thanks again for the advice!
  4. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    I would look for late-2013 models in the Apple refurbished store. They're a little less expensive, and they've been checked over and had any problems fixed. With eBay you just never know.
  5. proverbs thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2005
    Thanks for the tip KUguardgrl13! I'll definitely look into that also.
  6. Natzoo macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Not sure where i am
    The late 2013 are amazing, i have the 15" with GT 750 but if you do it, i recommend to get the iris pro only and look on macmall and b&h photo, and also apple refurb store.
  7. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
  8. proverbs thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2005
    Thanks guys, I'll look into those options.

    I think I'll be scouring around for the late-2013 base 15" model. So far, it seems to be the most bang for the buck.
  9. steveyo macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2015
    What about finding a refurb 2014 model?

    Also the 2015 update is probably just around the corner too!
  10. SkimMilk168 macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2014
    yup, refurb end 2013 and mid 2014 should serve you well.
  11. proverbs thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2005
    I went with the late-2013 15" 8gb 256gb. I was debating on whether to go with a 16gb, but I couldn't afford the $150-250 price increase. Overall, I'm happy with the purchase. Thanks for your input! :)

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