how much would you pay

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by isephmusic, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. isephmusic macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    My buddy is trying to sell me a 3.0 i7 8gb ram 512 ssd for $1500 it's the February 13 inch. Applecare until march 2015

    On amazon the June 2012 15in basic is on sale for 1450$. Which would u pick ? The 15in only has 256gb ssd

    My uses are for college and small work in ableton live and small Photoshop edits. Apart from that I want to play league of legends and be able to multi task to write papers . thoughts ?
  2. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

    Tears Apart

    Jun 10, 2009
    Outside Closer

    Get a new rMBP 13'' $1,579 with edu discount:

    2.4GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
    Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide

  3. Kevclark1985 macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2013

    I'd agree with this, although not sure you need the 16gb ram so could shave a couple of hundred dollars off I think (from UK so not sure of US prices exactly).

    Your needs are not that different from mine I would say and I went for the same model above but with 8gb ram (the mid range 13" rMBP). Plus 3 years applecare is very good to have and the laptop will be shiny and new :)
  4. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

    Tears Apart

    Jun 10, 2009
    Outside Closer
    Yes, I concur, you can skip the ram.
  5. isephmusic thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    The mid 13in haswell is 1499 for only an i5 256 ssd his is the 3.0ghz i7 with 520 sad (Feb 2013)

    Still better to go haswell?
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The 512GB SSD gives me pause.

    It all depends on your usage, if you think you'll be using more then 256GB of storage, then the used laptop makes more sense.

    Personally for my needs, I'd go with new, you get a better GPU, better battery.

    The other thing is what size display will you want - 13" or 15"?
  7. isephmusic thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    I decided for 13 as portability is now more important than a bigger screen . the last factor is that my friends used Apple Care still good until march 2015 if I buy apple care on haswell model its 1499 plus 250. I asked him about the battery and he said with mav he was getting 7 hours . can the haswell battery really outside buying one generation old? Remember his is Feb 2013 spec bump not July 2013

    I thought the loss if 2" was going to annoy me from my classic 15 but not only does the ssd make multiple desktop switching ridiculously fast , but the i7 3.0 would help a ton in Photoshop and iMovie processing vs the i5 2.3 u get on the newest mid range. Also look at the many reports of screen freeze and track pad issues on the new one ...
  8. isephmusic thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    Not sure why I'm doubtful of the power loss from 15 to 13 but with a 3.0ghz i7 his machine was FLYING. Added free spec satin case 526ssd and Apple Care for two years I'd be dumb not to get it right ? Or are the October models that much better to stay at i5 256 ssd ...
  9. v654321 macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2011
    Vilvoorde, Belgium
    Either machines will meet your needs for years to come. The 16GB RAM is overkill for you as will be the 512GB SSD. It's overkill for most but overspeccing gives people a false sense of safety as they have "future proofed" their machines. The reality is that most people (except for the very few) don't need those specs and sell it within 2 years as the upgrade bug always itches.

    I prefer to buy new so that I can more easily sell it if I want to.
  10. yangchewren macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2012
    Battery life and HD 5100 graphics.
  11. isephmusic thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    I found out his apple care is until 2016 not 2015. So for $1500 i get an i7 3.0 520ssd (will use dual boot windows partition )

    All that yet is still better to go for a new October retina 13 mid spec(256 ssd i5 2,3) or the refurb 15 from apple store
  12. Orr macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2013
    The mid-level 13" Haswell rMBP offers the best value of any Apple laptop currently. Always go for 2nd generation tech or later from Apple as well.
  13. raptor402 macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2011
    As said above, the 512GB SSD might be the real reason to reconsider. If you plan to dual boot, 256GB most likely won't suffice, especially if you're actively using both OSes. If you don't find better battery life and a snappier GPU too enticing, your friend's pro might be the way to go.


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