Purchasing a MacBook Pro Retina

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Max Payne, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. Max Payne macrumors 6502a

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    I am planning to buy a MacBook Pro Retina 15". I find the 13" not a good value because it is an i5 dual core.

    I already bought a "Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina Display with 8GB RAM" for my wife.

    I am planning to use the new MBR for MicroSoft Office, a bit of Matlab and occasionally Photoshop. I may also connect an external monitor in the future as well as installing windows 8. Which MBP do you recommend.

    AU$1,869.00
    Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina Display
    8GB, 256GB Flash Storage

    OR

    A$2,749.00
    15-inch with Retina display
    2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    16GB 1600MHz memory
    512GB PCIe-based flash storage
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB GDDR5 memory

    Initially, I wanted the top of the range because I was planning to play games, but I don't see myself playing games anymore.

    Which one do you recommend?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Tough decision, spend 2,749 and get a 16GB, 512GB machine with a dGPU or 1,869 for one that has half the ram and storage.

    If it was me, I'd opt for the returb, budgetary reasons, but also I wouldn't need all the ram/storage. Additionally, avoiding the dGPU may be a good move given Apple's track record with discrete GPUs
     
  3. Frenchy906 macrumors newbie

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    I would agree with the above comment.

    Also, what model year is the refurb unit you would be looking at to buy? If it's a late 2012 / early 2013 model, I have a 480GB PCIe SSD I could sell you so you could have more storage. That is if you would be interested.
     
  4. Max Payne thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I was thinking of the refurb as I already have the same model at home. This is the late 2013 model.. Haswell with soldered memory. It cannot be upgraded.

    I feel that 256GB SSD is more than enough for my needs especially that I don't keep movies in my PC.
     

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