refurb or new MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by barigood, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. barigood macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2012
    I'm buying a 15" MBP with hi-res screen for my son for his graphic design studies. A refurbished Oct 2011 model (2.5GHz Quad-core Intel i7) costs $1829. A new one will cost $260 more (after the student discount and $100 gift card you get with purchase of AppleCare on a new MBP). I wonder if it's worth it to buy new? I understand the difference will be a significant difference in power and speed that will really be helpful for design applications? Seems like it's not that big a price break on the refurb, though it would be nice to save what I can, I'm wondering if buying new will make up for the price difference not just in performance but in longevity?
  2. Jb07 macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2011
    What kind of graphics card does the refurb have?
  3. lympero macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2008
    Arta, Greece
    I got a late 2011, 2.2 quad core and 6750m(512vram). Never been happier. The only thing that's missing is the usb3.
  4. barigood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2012
    Thanks! Here's what I know about the refurb followed by specs for the new one (most of which is gibberish to me!):

    2.5 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7

    6MB shared L3 cache

    4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; supports up to 8GB

    Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory 1and AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory

    Hard disk drive2
    750GB Serial ATA @5400 rpm

    Optical drive
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW)

    Wi-Fi (based on IEEE 802.11n specification)3 Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology

    One Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps), one FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps), Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps), one SDXC card slot

    Video and Audio
    FaceTime HD camera; Thunderbolt port with support for DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI, and HDMI (requires adapters, sold separately)
    Stereo speakers with subwoofers, omnidirectional microphone, audio line in minijack (digital/analog), audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog)

    2.6GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

    Thanks VERY much!
  5. Jb07 macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2011
    I would say go for the refurb unless you really want USB 3. The new model isn't worth the extra $200.
  6. barigood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2012
  7. barigood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2012
    Also... I realized that I had only my son's word for what is "required" for graphic design applications so I emailed his advisor to ask about minimum requirements. If I can go with a less powerful refurb and save 30-50% then that will definitely be worth my while. As it stands, the refurb I'm considering is only about a 15% savings, so that's why I'm on the fence about it. If anyone reading this is a graphic designer or knows about the demands of design programs, I'd love your opinion on this! Thanks again...

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