Friend buying MBP/MB, he needs help!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SnowLeopard2008, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

    SnowLeopard2008

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    So my friend just called me and he said how his parents are buying him a new computer this weekend for his birthday. His parents gave him a 1.5 grand budget. He went to the Apple Store yesterday to look at the unibody MB(Ps) and also looked at another friend's 'classic' MBP. He likes both and sees the +/- of each. He does some advanced stuff like PS, After Effects, FC, and some 3D render work like Maya and AutoDesk. Not as a professional but not exactly a regular hobby either.

    He knows I'm kind of the tech sort of guy so he asked me whether he should purchase the 2.5GHz 'classic' MBP or the 2.4GHz unibody MB. I told him that the 'classic' MBP is a better value for the dollar but lacks some cool features like the multi touch trackpad, faster memory and a thinner chassis of the MB. He's going to upgrade the hard drive to 500GB and 4GB of memory whichever one he chooses.

    So which Mac would you recommend him? His family has a mac pro (Dad's) that he uses frequently but his own computer (notebook) is in need for an upgrade. I heard stories of how the 'classic' MBPs got really hot to touch after extended use?
     
  2. svndmvn Guest

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    a refurb MBP, possibly the current generation, either the 2.4, which is closer to his budget or an even better 2.53GHz model.
     
  3. SnowLeopard2008 thread starter macrumors 604

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    It's roughly $200 to $300 past his (keyword) maximum budget.
     
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