new MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dwd3885, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

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    I don't know about you guys, but I love to think about buying new Mac hardware. It seems like I buy a Mac every year, and subsequently sell my old one on eBay.

    Well right now I have a MBP Unibody 2008 model. 15", 2.4ghz, 2gb ram, 250gb hd. I've been debating upgrading the RAM and I haven't gotten snow leopard yet either. I've used it and think it's a good upgrade, but not necessarily something I think Apple should be charging $29 for what amounts to a service pack update. So I'm not going to buy it.

    But I'm in need of a RAM upgrade. 2GB just isn't cutting it for what I like to do, which is: Photoshop, Lightroom, iMovie, iPhoto, etc.

    So I'm looking at if I should just upgrade the RAM in my system to 4gb? Or if I should spring for a more loaded MBP, either refurb or new.
     
  2. DivineEvil macrumors regular

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    Just upgrade the Ram and or HDD... There are not a lot of differences in the 15" MBPs since 2008.
     
  3. yoyomaster macrumors regular

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    Unless you would like to have a matte screen.
     
  4. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    No, I like the glossy. If I upgrade the RAM to 4 and the hard drive, would that cost the same as I would lose in the 'buy new mbp, sell this one' proposition? I was trying to add it up and it would be like $65 + $100 + $29 (for 10.6). So that means I can stand to go for a MBP that would cost $200 more than what I could sell mine for...Or is that really bad math/reasoning?
     
  5. yoyomaster macrumors regular

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    I see where you're coming from, as long as you can come out close to even then I don't see why you shouldn't(you get the new battery tech).
     
  6. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    so how would you guys compare the new low-end 15.4" MBP to the one I have? WOuld that really be a downgrade considering the graphics?

    Or would you go for the current refurb $1599 (2.66ghz, 4gb ram, 320gb hd, 9600+9400)

    Looks like those are both $1599 and with Apple selling refurbs exactly like mine for just $1299, I might be able to get around that on ebay. So that's around a $350 difference after taxes and ebay selling fees. hmmm..Maybe it's not really worth it.
     
  7. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Now they also have the new lowend MBP 15" for refurb @ 1449. This means if I can sell my macbook Pro for around $1250, It's around a $250 difference.

    How does the 2.4 GHz processor compare to 2.53, 2.66, etc? Would I really notice the difference?
     
  8. yoyomaster macrumors regular

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    The low-end 15in only has the integrated card like the 13in models and if you buy a refurb I would suggest one of the newer ones with the 7 hour battery like this http://store.apple.com/us/product/FB985LL/A?mco=Nzk3MDMwNQ.
     
  9. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    yea so i don't want the integrated graphics only i suppose. If it goes to a $1699, I should probably stick with what I have. That would likely be around $1750 and then a $500 difference for good stuff, but maybe not worth it if all i really want is a larger hd and more memory and snow leopard.
     
  10. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    you can close this thread, i opened a similar but different one.
     

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