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

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    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

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

    So Plan B.
     

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