Buying a 13" MBP, advice?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by FPSMadPaul, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. FPSMadPaul macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2010
    Would you recommend getting a baseline 13" i5 MBP upgraded with 8gbs of RAM and a 500gb hardrive or the 13" i7 vanilla MBP?

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  2. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
  3. sn0wman72 macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    Some will likely respond with "we need to know more about how you will use the MBP"

    The base 13" is a good value and likely powerfull enough. Do consider an Apple refurb, or an online reseller rather than brand new from will save a buck or two. It is more cost effective to change to 8mb of ram later (if you actually need it), rather than paying Apple's premium price. The bigger hard drive? I would stay with the 320g and apply the upgrade dollars to an external drive for back up
  4. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    Cimmerian End
    if the baseline i5 is good enough for you then just go for it and upgrade ram and the hdd yourself if necessary.
  5. Krovem macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2009
    I would just get the base line, what are you going to use it for?
  6. FPSMadPaul thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2010
    I can use a family members NHS discount to save about £60 so I want to order it from Apple, also I wouldn't know how to go about upgrading the RAM, is it simple/does it void your warranty?
  7. als522877 macrumors newbie


    Aug 27, 2008
    I'm pretty sure that upgrading the RAM & HD is still considered "user accessible parts" iFixit has a great guide on how to upgrade the RAM & HD. It is much cheeper to do this yourself as apple charges $200 for the 8GB RAm upgrade and you can get the same thing from MacSales for $99. I've added the links to the ifix it guide on installing the RAM & HD as well as the place to get them. These links will be for the current model (as of this post) You can get the RAM & HD from other places but be sure there the correct type.

    RAM upgrade guide -

    HD upgrade guide -

    RAM -

    HD -
  8. Goohfy macrumors regular


    Apr 22, 2011
    It would help if we knew what you will be demanding from the laptop.
  9. EasyMac. macrumors newbie


    May 7, 2011
    Australia, Melbourne.
    It is worth it for the price stock, I don't think much needs upgrading to be honest, at most the hard drive but that's it really.
  10. gmans46 macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2011
    i would maybe upgrade to an optibay and put an ssd in the hd space and the hdd in the optibay you wont know how much ram you need until you get the laptop so save yourself the money for now
  11. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2007
    I recently went through the same thing. Most people on the boards think that the i5 is really the best deal and usually capable of everything you need to do. Typically, if you're wanting more power you would look to the 15" where you'll get a dedicated GPU and it's a quadcore.

    I eventually settled on the i5 and really happy with it. I upgraded from a 2010 15" i5 and find that this is just as quick if not quicker.
  12. kjmff5 macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2011
    What is the real difference between the dual core i5 and the dual core i7. I know the GHz is different by 0.4 GHz but besides that, is there anything else that really deserves the name change?
  13. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2007
  14. Blues003 macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2010
    Between those two I'd go i7 and upgrade the RAM later on.

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