Buy used, Upgrade or Hold until next MBP Revision?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by diamond3, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. diamond3 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2005
    So I've found a 15" MBP (Early 2011) 2.0 QC i7 with the standard configuration that I'm looking for $1200. I currently have a early 2011 13" MBP i5 (upgraded to 8 GB memory and 750 GB hard drive.

    So I'm curious as to what you guys think is the best plan. I am hoping to upgrade to a new 15" macbook pro when it's released next (assuming it's still a Pro computer and doesn't move to an Air setup and is a redesign).

    Plan A: don't buy the used 15" mbp, keep my 13" mbp and upgrade it to have a 128 GB SSD + 750 GB HD (optibay), Sell at next release. I'm thinking adding the SSD (~$120), I'll recoup my cost and sell it quicker.

    Plan B: Do absolutely nothing, sell during next revision.

    Plan C: Sell mine, buy the 15" - upgrade the ram to 8 GB. Probably sell at the next revision. Do you think it's possible to break even or maybe make money from the 15"? Most 2011 15" i7's are going for $1400-1600 around here.

    Then my final question: the 15" mbp has the 256 mb graphics card. Part of my reason to upgrade is running FCPX/Motion, I could use more processing power (Quad Core) and effects could benefit from the graphics card. Now the standard is 512/1GB card. I'm just wondering if that 256 mb card wouldn't help that much.
  2. jterp7 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    It's not worth all that work for a 15", especially one with the 6490.

    So Plan B.

Share This Page