New MBP ix 13in vs Refurb MBP 15in

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by monkey52892, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. monkey52892 macrumors newbie

    monkey52892

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    Hello MacRumors Members,

    This fall, I am going to be a freshmen in college (pharmacy major) and have finally decided to make the conversion from Windows to Mac. Based on the title, you can probably see I am in a dilemma between choosing which MBP to get, having read the forums and guides.

    New Macbook Pro 13in ix (Arrandale) [base model] & iPod Touch for $1100
    (I will probably buy an external monitor if I vouch for this option)
    - or -
    Refurbished Macbook Pro 15in 2.53Ghz (current generation) for $(Any estimates?)

    Factors:
    - Money is a major factor, as I am willing to spend $1300-1400 max
    - Web Browsing, Email, Word, etc. for 85% of time
    - Play games (ie: Modern Warfare 2) for 15% of time
    - Screen size "doesn't matter" but prefer larger screens
    - Prefer matte, but will invest in an Anti-Glare screen for MBP 13in
    - If I get a MBP 13in, I will keep the iPod touch
    - Willing to sacrifice graphics for gaming in return for better grades

    Questions:
    - Will Arrandale really make that big of a difference in comparison to the current MBP 2.53Ghz?
    - Do MBP 15in gain more "respect" than MBP 13in due to the stereotype of its high cost?

    Any responses would be highly appreciated.
    Thanks.
     
  2. bananaboi macrumors member

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    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but for 1300-1400, you could only get the 13inch. MW2 would probably be unplayable for the current lineup of 13in MBPs. If I were you, I would just wait until Tuesday to see if there's a better gpu. If it's still integrated, there would probably be a 0-5fps improvement in MW2, no matter what core iX cpu they put in there. For your second question.. I'm a senior in college, and I have yet to see any student with a 15in MBP. If you go to the Apple Store and compare the two, you won't notice much of a difference in size either. If you want to satisfy all those needs that you listed, I suggest you purchase a netbook for carrying around to class, and a gaming laptop/desktop from Toshiba/Dell/Asus. 13in MBs/MBPs were never built for gaming. But then again, as a senior, I rarely ever see students still gaming on computers. If you want to play MW2, just get an xbox/ps3.. and then you'll be satisfied with a 13in MBP
     
  3. jmdMac macrumors regular

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    You mean you're going into pre-pharmacy if this is just your first year of college.

    I don't see anyway you can come out with an new mpb 13 AND an itouch for that sorry :( ..... i wish
     
  4. cys920622 macrumors member

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    With the right settings, even the most basic 13" MBP will run MW2 with decent FPS (on Windows 7 boot camp, however). I was actually curious about gaming on the MBP too and looked up a bunch of videos on Youtube. I'm not sure what gaming is like on the Mac OS, tbh.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0Ba_kEdMY0
    MW2 on 13" MBP, lowest specs

    "The fps are constantly between 40 and 50 frames per second at low settings. In buildings or areas with not such a far viewing distance about 70-90"
     
  5. tbobmccoy macrumors 6502a

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    He's no doubt referring to the Back to School promo that occurs nearly every summer where you get a free iPod with the purchase of a laptop.

    Ad for your choice... Go with a refurb 15" MBP when they update. You'll get a discrete gpu, which might end up being way cheaper since it'll be the last gen laptop, and you'll benefit from the gpu immensely more than the ix processor w/ integrated gfx. Of course, I'd get the 13" if the updAte includes a discrete gfx card though...:D
     
  6. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a

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    Are you going to travel around with your laptop or let it at home. Because the 13' is really smaller and I assure that makes a huge difference. Moreover if you are on the budget I would take the 13'.
     
  7. monkey52892 thread starter macrumors newbie

    monkey52892

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    Thanks for all the replies so far!

    I guess I will be traveling with my MBP. But probably not too much, just from the dorm to the library mostly. As for the graphics, I plan to play MW2 rarely, once a week for about a hour. I'll wait tomorrow (hopefully) to see the new macbook pro lineup before making such a critical decision.
     
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