Getting my 1st MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by elie.fares, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. elie.fares macrumors regular

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    Hey,
    I'm getting my 1st MBP by next week at the online store.
    I am getting the low-ed 13'' and configuring it.
    I have 3 options:
    - leave as it is
    - make it 320 GB HD
    - make it 4GB RAM and 250 GB HD

    I'm thinking about going with the third one. Hope that's the correct thing to go with.
    Anyway, I'm not a US resident. But I'm getting the education thing. So I get a free iPod with it.
    Now, for the rebate, will the money be returned to the credit card account or will they send a check to my relative's address in the states?
     
  2. Alvito macrumors newbie

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    make it 4GB and a bigger hard drive, but do that upgrade yourself after you buy it.

    You'll save more money that way.
     
  3. elie.fares thread starter macrumors regular

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    I read that somewhere on this forum.
    However, getting the RAMs and the Hard Drive from Lebanon (my country) is pretty much very expensive.
    The MBP I intend to buy from the states costs around 2000$ here.
    Besides, I searched on amazon for hard drives and RAMs and couldn't find any (4GB, 1600 MHz) that are less expensive than Apple's.
     
  4. gilkisson macrumors 65816

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    If you order the MBP online, look closely at the Shipping info at the bottom of each description. I just ordered a 15" MBP with the 320GB drive, as it shipped within 24 hours of order. However, the 250GB model is taking up to a week later to ship, for some reason. There seems to be a delay in getting those drives.

    If you are nearly as impatient as I, check the shipping status/time of the model you are looking at.
     
  5. redshovel macrumors 6502

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    I would definitely go for 4GB RAM and at least the 320GB HD and the 500GB HD id you can.
    As for 'doing it yourself' - I am not so sure.
    I live in the UK and when I was considering my MBP purchase I priced buying the extra RAM and larger HD in a view to installing it myself. To be honest there was a saving but not enough for the hassle of having to order them, disassemble my new MBP, install them and they re-install the Mac OSX again.
    Perhaps in the US were memory and hard drives are cheaper it a better option but for me in the UK I didnt think it was worth the hassle for a few quid.
     
  6. applusr macrumors newbie

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    You can get Crucial brand 4GB ram for $57 and a 320 GB Western Digital 5400 RPM Scorpio Blue HD for $67 at newegg.com, that is really cheap. And also you will have the HD was inside your MBP as a spare or to use it as a external drive (you can get a external case for less tha $20).
     
  7. elie.fares thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah that's what I'm thinking also. I don't feel comfortable changing RAMs and HD.
    I was like, if I buy them and try to change them in person, I'd have to do everything all over again and somehow, even with the budget I have, it just didn't make sense. I mean, I'm getting 100$ off on the laptop since I'm a student and I'm using that 100$ to upgrade and a little more. If I get the 4GB RAMs and the 250GB HD, I'd be a 35$ over the 100$. With the 320 GB, I'd be 80$ above.
    So in both cases, it sort of isn't much of a difference.

    I have another question. My credit card isn't American. When I tried to buy my iPhone (2G) on the apple store a couple of years back, it did not accept my credit card.
    But a few days ago, for the fun of it I tried it and it passed the verification step and they were like: thanks for your order. Your order number is Wsomething.

    Is there any way they'd refuse the credit card after that?
     
  8. redshovel macrumors 6502

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    :confused: Not really sure what you mean there. Are you living in the UK, with a UK issued credit card and trying to buy off the US Apple Store or something?
     
  9. elie.fares thread starter macrumors regular

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    ^ u can consider it like that.
    I don't live in the UK.
    My credit card is issued by the country I live in and it has passed the verification step by apple.
    I got an order # and all but I cancelled.

    Anyway, I reviewed the terms of service and they say that a credit card associated with a billing address in the US will be accepted.
    So I guess I'm on the safe side since the billing address I'm using is in the US.
     
  10. dead goon macrumors member

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    Find a reseller and buy one in person. It's a lot easier.
     
  11. yossim macrumors regular

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    Try newegg.com. I found 2GB for $30.00. Of course, I don't know if they ship to Lebanon.
     
  12. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Not going to do much good because all Macs come standard with 2GB and there are only 2 memory slots.
     
  13. yossim macrumors regular

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    oops I didn't realize that. Sorry. Still cheaper on Newegg though.
     
  14. applebook macrumors 6502a

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    Newegg is xenophobic (LOL) and won't ship out of the country.

    Try eBay.
     
  15. dissdnt macrumors 65816

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  16. elie.fares thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, in Lebanon, buying from a reseller is more or less a rip-off. They are selling the old MB Aluminum 13'' for 1600$ :)
     

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