Refurbished MBP 2010 for ~5 years?

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    alexpotter macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,
    I was wondering whether I should get the Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.66GHz C2D (2010) from here (UK)
    http://store.apple.com/uk/product/FC375B/A?mco=MTgwOTc3MzM

    EDIT: I do youtube, internet browsing, email, light gaming (Sims 3), video editing for youtube (iMovie/Final Cut Express), homework, watching dvds, windows 7 bootcamp

    Will the Core 2 Duo processor still be good in about 5 years? Or do you think I should go out and buy a new Sandy Bridge i5 MBP?

    Thanks for your help :)

    Alex
     
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    Depends what you do. For basic tasks, C2D is more than fine and should be in 5 years too. If you have a limited budget, then a refurb sounds like a good deal. I would get this instead though since the difference is negligible.
     
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    Thanks for your reply. Would you notice the difference between 2.4 and 2.66 in normal use or would you notice it in iMovie or gaming? :)

    Alex
     
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    For video editing (even if it is light), I would go with the new Sandy Bridge MBP. The CPU is significantly faster and it plays a major role in video editing performance. If you have to go with a refurb, then I would get the 2.66GHz since it is only 50£ more.
     
  5. alexpotter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK I'll probably go with the new 13" then. :apple:
     
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    Good deal, you'll love the thing. But yea for most people, Core2Duos or i# processors (SandyBridge optional) will be great and fully functional within the following 5 years. YOu have to remember, these things are made to power the content that we put into them.

    Right now, I don't see media (at least being played back on our laptops) needing to be over 1080p; personally I keep things at 720 as I can't justify the huge size difference between the two for the slightly better presentation.

    If you dont' play games, you don't have to worry about a lot of things either; the internet itself isn't ever going to be that "advanced" that you'll need anything higher than a dual core processor to fully run; if you want to watch HD video, youtube, Facebook, and everything in between on the web, a dual core will suit you just fine.

    I have an upgraded blackbook right now and I'm confident that it will be with me for many years to come.
     
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    I would tend to agree as 5 years is a long time in the computer world. My white 20" iMac core duo 2.0ghz, 2gb ram, 250gb HD just turned 5 years old. I'm using it as a media server. I have a 2TB drive via firewire400 connected.

    Only thing I can add is go with the highres display on the 15".
     
  9. alexpotter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all of your replies. I was going to buy a 13" but then the 13" i5 refurbished model popped up in the refurbished store for £150 less - so I have ordered that and it will arrive soon... :) :apple:
     

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