Macbook pro 15" (Need advice very fast)!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by BruceiD, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. BruceiD macrumors member

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    Hey!
    So I ran across a deal today at MyCom (Dutch/Belgian computer store)
    They offer:
    Macbook Pro 15"
    • Intel Core i7 (2.2 GHz, 6Mb L3)
    • 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD
    • DVD+/-RW
    • Radeon HD 6750M (512 Mb)
    • FireWire 800
    • Thunderbolt
    • 3 year guaranty
    For €1479 in the Dutch store and €1599 in the Belgian Store.
    So my questions are:
    -Is this a no-brainer? Should I get it?
    -Will I still have guaranty if I buy it in the Dutch Store (I'm from Belgium btw) considering that it's the a franchising that has stores in Belgium and the Netherlands?

    Thanks!
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Do you need a new computer? If not, then you shouldn't buy it.
     
  3. BruceiD thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I was planning on buying a Macbook next year for college but I said that: If I run across a good deal, I would get one now however I don't really know whether this is a good deal..?
     
  4. softypolimer macrumors member

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    like the first reply. If you need it now go head and buy it. if not, I rather recommend you to wait for the next update. Personally I like to pay the full price at apple store for the latest model when it just came out for the longest life span. On the other hand I also got a friend who brought a previous gen MBP at the same day for half of a price.
     
  5. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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    It's not a spectacular bargain. Wait till later and buy a 2012 refurb.
     
  6. BruceiD thread starter macrumors member

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    The refurbished store doesn't have any computers in Belgium here. I've never seen one.
     
  7. Jb07 macrumors 6502

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    It's a 2011, right? That's a hefty discout for a 2012 model. (base starts at €1879.) If that is a 2012, I would get it, unless Haswell is a big deal to you.
     
  8. BruceiD thread starter macrumors member

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    It's the early 2011 model I think.
    what do you think ?
     
  9. Jb07 macrumors 6502

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    It's still a hefty discount. What kind of things will you be using it for? It'll make it easier to say if you should buy it now or wait if I know your usage.
     
  10. BruceiD thread starter macrumors member

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    Well here's why I would buy it now.
    I am going to college next year and I'm going to study Computer science and specializing in multimedia so programming+video editing+design.
    I actually need the laptop next year but I said that I would get one this year if I stumbled upon a good deal.
    The main thing that this would be used for is: video editing, programming and photo editing (so programs such as: Coda 2, After effects, FCP, Photoshop) and also the obvious things such as browsing the web and mailing,...

    So:
    1. I could wait and buy a new computer (probably 2013 generation) with student discount.
    2. I could wait and maybe buy a 2012 model with a discount (obviously I don't know whether I will stumble upon a good deal then)
    3. I could buy this computer and upgrade the RAM immediately and put in an SSD later

    Thoughts ?
     
  11. wywern209 macrumors 65832

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    i would get the 2012 over the 2011 because not only is it faster with the cpu/gfx but it also has usb3 ports which will replace usb2 over the coming years and will be important for use with transferring video files etc.
     
  12. Jb07 macrumors 6502

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    Is USB 3 important to you? Do you like having the newest things? A 2011 will last you through your whole school career and putting an SSD and upgrading the RAM will make it very fast. If USB 3 isn't important to you, then get it. There isn't much difference between the 2011-2012.
     
  13. BruceiD thread starter macrumors member

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    Well USB 3 is great feature but not something I'm going to cry over (I think).
    The only thing that is keeping me away from buying it:
    -It's heavy (I'll be taking this to Uni every day)
    -I'm afraid I'll regret it (Thoughts going on in my mind although I know that an i7 quad core with 16GB of RAM and an SSD is already insane)
     
  14. Jb07 macrumors 6502

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    Ivy Bridge isn't a huge difference over Sandy Bridge, except for the ULV processors. If it was Ivy Bridge or Haswell I would say go with the Haswell. With and SSD and 16 gigs of RAM it'll fly! It's a little heavy, yes... Have you considered a MacBook Air?
     
  15. BruceiD thread starter macrumors member

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    No I don't want to get a MBA because I don't know whether video editing on a machine like that is as smooth as I want it to be..
     
  16. Jb07 macrumors 6502

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    I think if you check around the MBA forum you can see how successfully MBA users run Video Editing programs. I personally have no idea. I only use Adobe Premier and iMovie, and both run fine.
    If the MBA can handle all your programs you need it to run then I would suggest a maxed out 2012 with 8Gb of RAM and 512GB SSD. Then again, I have no clue how much that would cost in Belgium or Netherlands.
     
  17. BruceiD thread starter macrumors member

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    About 1599 with college discount. (256gb version)
    What do you you think is best?
    THANKS FOR AL THE HELP BTW! :D
     

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