Buying a MBP: Need to settle on specs

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Ride., Nov 26, 2010.

  1. Ride. macrumors newbie

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    #1
    So, mom promised me a MBP this year, but we never sat down to discuss specs (not sure if she'd drop 4k on a laptop.) She has an idea of what I want, but I wanted to post some lists + prices and have you guys rate, or possibly tell me the best option, while also factoring in price. All prices include the Black Friday deal!

    Option 1

    $4,032
    2.53GHz Intel Core i5
    8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    512GB Solid State Drive
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display
    Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
    iWork preinstalled
    Microsoft Office Mac 2011 - Home and Student Edition
    Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter
    MobileMe


    Option 2

    $3,313
    2.53GHz Intel Core i5
    8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    256GB Solid State Drive
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display
    Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
    iWork preinstalled
    Microsoft Office Mac 2011 - Home and Student Edition
    Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter
    Apple Remote
    (Dropped Mobile Me and 512GB SSD, which I would prefer to keep)


    Not really sure what other cuts I'd like to make, really. But feel free to suggest :)

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  2. thunderboltspro macrumors regular

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    Midwest
    #2
    option 3
    Buy aftermarket ram and ssd, save you more money.
     
  3. dj2mc, Nov 26, 2010
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    dj2mc macrumors member

    dj2mc

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    #3
    This is what I'd do. Get the cheaper i5, and just add your upgrades at your leisure. You'll save money! A lot.
    I would suggest getting an OCZ Vertex 2 SSD like I have from Newegg, very cheap and very reliable. Also suggest at least having 4 GB RAM. I don't see a point to 8 GB, unless you're a HEAVY photoshop/auto-cad user.
     
  4. wordoflife macrumors 604

    wordoflife

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    #4
    What are you going to be using your Mac for? You might be wasting your money.
    Also, buy your own hard drive and RAM.
     

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