Blackbook -> High end MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by solaris7, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. solaris7 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2008
    #1
    After following the forums for the past 2 days I have been tempted to upgrade my "super slow" black macbook for the beast that is the high end MBP.
    The thing is, I want to know if switching is going to be a painful process or if it is a good time to sell my blackbook.
    My blackbook is still under apple care through august, would selling it before that date fetch a significantly higher price than after?
    I am thinking about getting the 128GB SSD, how do you guys manage with that little storage? Sometimes I have difficulty with the 250GB I currently have.
    I am thinking of playing games like CS:S, TF2 and maybe Black Ops, will they play well on High settings?
    Has the weight or size been a problem? I kind of like the compactness of my blackbook.

    ~Thanks
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    located
    #2
    What high end MBP are you talking about? The 13" or 15"/17" ones, as they have different CPUs?

    You could always look into OptiBay (www.mecetech.com) to use an HDD for storage and use the SSD for OS and applications.
    I fare fine with my 17" MBP and only 60GB SSD, as I have multiple external 2.5" HDDs, which store all the data I need and they are not really that much to carry around with.
     
  3. Naimfan macrumors 68040

    Naimfan

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2003
    #3
    Probably not much difference in when you sell your black Macbook. Applecare helps, but you have to transfer it properly, which is more than most people do.

    As a guesstimate, if you have the box, restore discs, etc., you could get $600 or so for yours.

    If you get one, take a hard look at the base 13" vs. the high end 15". I have the base 13" and love it, but the 15" is seductive--all the more so since I don't mind the extra 1.1 lbs or whatever it is. I think the base 13" is a phenomenal value; the high end 15" is simply . . . unreal.
     
  4. sk3tch macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2003
    #4
    If this is going to be your only computer, 128GB is probably not going to be enough for you - unless you're OK with uninstalling/reinstalling games (as most take like 5-10GB these days) as you rotate through playing them. I would go for the 500GB 7200RPM hard drive. You can always upgrade to a better third-party SSD later for very little money and sell your 500GB 7200RPM hard drive or buy a nice little enclosure for it for around $20 and continue to use it for your files.

    I have network-attached storage (NAS) so 128GB will be just fine for me. I plan on allocating ~40GB to Win7 (gaming) and the rest to Mac OS X (every day use). My media files, etc. will stay on the NAS (which can be accessed over the Internet should I not be home).

    Think long and hard about your graphics needs because that's really what you are paying for as you move to the high-end 15" MBP. If you won't be playing many high-end games, the i5 13" is probably the steal of the year. :)
     
  5. adnoh macrumors 6502a

    adnoh

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2010
    #5
    Unless you need the form factor I would recommend any 15 mbp for your uses.
     

Share This Page