OK.. now what to do??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by KBV1, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. KBV1 macrumors regular

    KBV1

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    Hey guys!


    I am so happy i waited to buy a macbook now as the upgrades and price drop and now i am ready to buy (apple store site open ready) but i have a dilema which i need help with :)

    13-inch: 2.26GHz
    Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB Memory
    160GB hard drive1
    SD card slot
    Built-in 7-hour battery2
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
    £845.25

    13-inch: 2.53GHz
    Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB Memory
    250GB hard drive1
    SD card slot
    Built-in 7-hour battery2
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
    £1,079.85

    (NHS Discount Prices)

    Is it cheaper for me to get the 2.26 and upgrade the ram and HDD myself or is it better to get the 2.53 as its cheaper?

    Also apple care its 178£.. can i get it cheaper somewhere else or is that the going price?

    Hope someone can help me i want to order my first macbook :D
    Thanks
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Base model (2.26) is enough for you. There's only faster processor in high-end model because you can easily upgrade the RAM and HD by yourself
     
  3. KBV1 thread starter macrumors regular

    KBV1

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    neat! what prices am i looking at for ram and hdd.. any ideas?
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I think you'll come out slightly ahead money-wise if you do the upgrades yourself.
     
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    RAM is ~55$ from http://crucial.com and 320GB 7200rpm HD with 16MB cache is ~70$, so that gives you the total of 120-130$
     
  6. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816

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    I m pretty sure you can get it for much better price on eBay. Also there is no real hurry for apple care right now. You can add AppleCare to your MB anytime before your original warranty expires. That one year from the date of purchase.
     
  7. KBV1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    If i bought it towards end of warrenty do i just get 2 years extended then or start 3 from then?

    If bought of ebay is it legit though and does it matter that it was bought externally?

    Thanks :)
     
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's 3 years total, so if you bought it after ~1 year then you'd get 2 more years.
     
  9. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    apple had pretty decent prices for hard drive upgrades... my sister just bought a base 13" MBP but upped the hard drive to 250GB... only a $49 upgrade. reasonable in my opinion, especially not needing the extra power of the 2.53 model

    I'd get the base model and upgrade what you want yourself
     
  10. Hellhammer Moderator

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    The warranty starts on day of delivery or when you walk out of store and ends one or three years later (if you buy it on 11.6.2009, warranty will end 11.6.2010 or 11.6.2012).

    Buy it directly from store. Some of the eBay AppleCares are scams
     
  11. KBV1 thread starter macrumors regular

    KBV1

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    thanks for the replies. :) helpped alot.

    where is the cheapest place for ram and hdd for the new MBP in UK?


    Thanks
     
  12. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Crucial offer free shipping world wide. It's best place to buy RAM 'cause you can't buy wrong RAM and prices are OK. As for hard drive, just visit local computer store and buy a 2.5" SATA laptop drive running 7200rps.
     
  13. opera57 macrumors 6502

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    Wow, they are really good prices! I would most likely go for the cheaper one and upgrade it myself, as for example, a 500gb hard drive would be more important to me than the processor speed bump! [​IMG]
     

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