Need help choosing the best Macbook!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by smrezaa07, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. smrezaa07 macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2014
    So basically my Late 2011 MBP died last week and will cost approximately $1000 to have the logic board replaced.
    Needless to say being in my last year of uni,I thought it's best to utilise my student discount one last time and get myself a new Macbook.
    Previously I was running football manager 2014 just fine on the machine which had an i5 processor and 4 gb ram-standard machine.
    Now this time I am confused between basically three choices.
    These are:
    1)New 2014 MacBook Air with a 1.7ghz i7 processor and 8gb ram and 128gb pcie based flash storage.
    It will cost me 1499-120 on the student discount so approximately $1380.
    2)Certified refurbished late 2013 Retina Macbook Pro with a 2.4ghz i5 processor and 8gb ram and 256 gb flash storage.This costs me $1440 since no discount is available on refurbished models.
    3)New 2014 Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.6ghz i5 processor and 8gb ram and 128gb pcie based flash storage.
    This will cost me $1480.

    So basically I'm a commerce student and so do not have a lot of heavy computing other than streaming movies and MS office.
    Football Manager is basically the component of the computer I spend most of my time on.
    what is the best computer for me to get?
    all the prices are quoted in Australian dollars.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Option 2. It has the better graphics card and quite better CPU and much better display.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'd say option two, mostly because the other two options only have 128GB of storage which I think is too small for today's computing needs.

    If option 3 had a larger SSD in your configuration, I'd go for that one.
  4. smrezaa07 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2014
    Is there a difference between a pcie based flash storage and the flash storage on the refurbished model?


    There is another option 4 within the price range.
    That is the old MBP I had with a 2.9ghz i7 and 8gb ram and a 128gb flash storage for $1489.
    Is that a better deal in terms of monstrous performance?
  5. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    You get a MacBook for the sole purpose to run "football manager 2014"?
    How about a play station.
  6. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas
    Option 2 has pcie and also is the best option that you presented. I would not go with the older model and for the minute price difference between the Air and retina pro (option 1 and 2), the retina will give you a much better display and twice the storage. Option 2 definitely.

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