possibly buying a 15" mbp (used) tonight... please advise

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  1. vitog123 macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,

    I think im about to purchase a used 15" mbp in great condition bought in laTE august. its a 2.8, 500gig 5400 hd, 1ghz frnt side buss, 4g ram, its the loaded model. Apple Care is included and ive verified that buy checking apple.com

    asking price was 2200, ive offered 2000.

    My question is do you think this is a good deal? I know that the mac buying guide says that this is in mid cycle. And ive read that there are some discovered possible bad graphics cards.

    Im just looking for someone to sway me either direction as I want to get one, think this is a good deal but just dont know what i should do. BTW this would be my first mac.

    Please share any thoughts or opinions i will take it all in!
     
  2. smearedblue macrumors member

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    I'd say it's a fairly good deal, but you have to consider how desperately you need certain things. Basically, is 250gb, and .4Ghz worth upwards of $800-$1000 to you?

    Because I just bought an amazing used MBP 15 inch 2.4 Ghz, with 4 gigs of ram and a 250 gb hd for 1200. with applecare. And that's not like, a super amazing deal. it's pretty standard.

    Basically, is the small amount of speed that important to you? I think my 2.4 ghz screams. I consistently run 10-20 applications as a designer/developer, and am more than impressed with the speed. I think the 4 gb ram is a big thing. So.. that's my suggestion. If you need the speed, go for it, it's a reasonable price for a nice computer. Alternatively, get another nice computer for much cheaper that can do all of the same things.

    I actually opted for the previous unibody design so that I could use the express card slot. and a removable battery. Two mistakes i think apple has made recently.
     
  3. jstate1983 macrumors newbie

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    I have practically the exact same system that you are thinking of purchasing. I have the late 2009 model (with SD Card slot) however mine I custom built to have a 500 GB HD @ 7200 RPM. The rest of the specs that you named is what I have. I will tell you that I am very impressed with my computer and don't regret it. I custom made mine new and received a discount total price of $2,178 (due to my job). If you have never owned a Mac I would suggest that you first go the apple.com and click on "Mac" and go through some of the video tutorials and see if it is something that you think you will like (as far as OS). I used to be a dedicated Windows person however since I made the switch, I haven't looked back and have been totally satisfied. Don't get me wrong, I still ALSO have Windows on my Mac (purchased from royaldiscount.com-great software site) also for those games and other software that are windows based running in both Bootcamp and Parallels 4.0.

    If you have never owned a Mac and are not used to how it works then you will be frustrated with it at first for a while until you get the hang of it but once you do get the hang of it then you will wonder why you ever liked Windows to begin with.

    You are more than welcome to email me directly if you have any questions on what something is or how to do something in a Mac. - jstate1983@yahoo.com

    Cheers
     
  4. m0no macrumors regular

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    In addition, could use the extra savings to get a good SSD.
     
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  6. vitog123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    you make some great points. right now im running a dell 1720, loaded with a 2.2 ghz... ive just always tried to buy the top spec model so that it lasts as long as possible. and wow, no express card slot? i thought that was a given. hmmm

    you got me thinking! thanks
     
  7. vitog123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    and removing the bottleneck of the HD would make up for the perfomance in the lower processor...
     
  8. vitog123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    hey thanks alot! appreciate it. you may be hearing from me in the future!
     
  9. vitog123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    can you apply government or student discounts to refurbs?
     
  10. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

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    nope
     
  11. vitog123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so i passed on buying it. im going to research this further... thanks for the help
     
  12. MacsOnAnabolics macrumors regular

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    It could be an alright buy depending how you look at it. For instance i just bought that same model today. It is $2,299 at the apple store but with the student discount i got it for $2,099. Maybe you want to pick up a new one for the same price if you are a student, of course.
     
  13. vitog123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    was that w/ apple care? did you get any software? and if you did does the student discount apply to software or just hardware?
     
  14. travis64 macrumors 6502a

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    Ill sell you mine same comp but is only 320gb

    1699
     
  15. vitog123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  16. aarcarr macrumors member

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    Where have you read about bad graphic cards on these models?
     
  17. MacsOnAnabolics macrumors regular

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    That is a great question! As far as I know the student discount only extends to new hardware and Applecare serive. $200 for the Mbp and $110 for Applecare. The only software I bought was iWork and COD4.
     
  18. vitog123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    someone i was talking to who was selling a mbp.. may have been full of it but i have no idea so thats why i was asking.
     
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  20. aarcarr macrumors member

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    Yeah, I know about the 8600m GT GPU problems. I was guessing this is a late '08 or '09 MBP he's talking about though.
     

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