Should I bite the bullet?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Fall3n13, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. Fall3n13 macrumors newbie

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    So I had an Early 2011 15" MBP. I thought to myself I want to get back into PC gaming so I sold my MBP and picked up a 17" Gaming Laptop. Now the thing is powerful as hell and plays everything I wanted but in the end, I miss my Mac too much, i miss OSX and the amazing build quality. I'm considering buying another 15" MBP, maybe retina, and try to sell this laptop on Craigslist and take the hit.

    How crazy am I and should I take the hit?
     
  2. brand macrumors 601

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    Why not, it sounds like you got money to waste.
     
  3. ryane67 macrumors member

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    sounds like you miss the right things to be headed back to mac world.

    PC lifer here, looking at first mac shortly and im looking forward to that same stuff.

    if you're worried about games though, get the uMBP with the 1gig gt650 so you dont have to worry about pixels getting in the way of gaming performance.
     
  4. Fortimir macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, why are there so many acronyms for the MacBook Pro? I've now seen, in addition to MBP, cMBP, uMBP. I've been informed cMBP means "classic"... What is "uMBP"?
     
  5. user418 macrumors 6502a

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    Depends on whose definition of crazy you rely upon. As a Mac fan I say go for it if you can afford it. The question then becomes what will you do when the gaming urge surfaces again?
     
  6. DVD9 macrumors 6502a

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    ^^^^^^^^
    this
     
  7. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    I think the uMBP means unibody MBP.

    I think we should all adopt either using MBP or rMBP.

    Just because the rMBP came out doesn't mean we now need to create a new acronym for the legacy pro models
     
  8. Fortimir macrumors 6502a

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    Yep. Apple still makes them, and even just updated them. MBP and rMBP/MBPr... really it should actually be MBPr since the actual name is (MacBook Pro w/ Retina).

    But whatever. I don't care as long as there are just two. Ha. While we're on the topic, don't you think MacBook Pro with Retina Display such a very "un-Apple" name? It's long and bland.
     
  9. Fall3n13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I honestly thought I was going to have more time to game. But being in the military and just moving onto my new assignment I hate carrying my laptop. All I use it for is mostly to browse the web, and download movies to put into my iPad. Occasionally I can play BF3 or Diablo 3
     
  10. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Sell the "gaming" laptop, buy a MBP/rMBP/MBA, then build yourself a gaming rig.

    This assumes you have some cash to burn, which it sounds like you do.
     
  11. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    You're gonna get a retina MacBook just to do those things? Wow you do have money to waste.
     
  12. user418 macrumors 6502a

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    From what I've read the average guy in the military doesn't have much cash to burn. They are mostly underpaid just like teachers, peace officers, and firefighters.
     
  13. Fall3n13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't have cash to burn. You are correct. In the military our salaries isn't much. I do have some money saved and that's why I'm considering it. And I didn't say I was getting a retina, I said I was considering it. I most likely wouldnt get it because i would end up stretching myself trying to get it. Honestly I just like the 15" for the extra real estate. In reality I could probably be fine with a 13" MBP or even a 13" MBA.
     
  14. user418 macrumors 6502a

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    Stick with the 15" MBP. The refurbs are a good deal and carry a full one year warranty just like a new one. You can get a late 2011 for $1359 which is less than $200 more than a new 13" MBP.

    Just my opinion. BTW, thanks for your service to our country.
     
  15. Panini macrumors regular

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    Just out of curiosity, which gaming laptop do you have and what are its specs?

    Chances are, the rMBP will be pretty darn close since both its processor and GPU are cutting edge. Its 650m is actually better than a 660m because of its extremely high clock speed. Why not have the best of both worlds and run 2 OS' on your Mac. OS X for when you want to work/browse, and windows when you want to game.
     
  16. gokart mozart macrumors 6502

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    Regardless of whether you get the original 15" or the retina one, they will both be able to run BF3 and Diablo 3. The quad core processors are an upgrade over the 13", plus the the 13"s don't have GPUs. The retina has the same hardware specs as the classic 15". Only real difference is the hard drives, skinnyness, lack of CD drive, and the screens. For your needs, get the classic so you can rip those DVDs for your iPad, and save some $ over the retina.

    As for whether or not you should "bite the bullet": Only you can decide if that's the right financial choice for you.
     
  17. Fall3n13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I picked up an MSI GT70

    Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
    17.3" Full HD Anti-reflective Display (16:9, 1920 x 1080)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX670M discrete graphics with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM
    12GB DDR3 1600MHz system memory
    750GB HDD + 320GB HDD
    Full-color programmable backlit keyboard by SteelSeries
    Killer Game Networking
    Dynaudio Premium Sound Speakers with THX TruStudio PRO
    DVD Multi-drive
     
  18. stevelam, Jun 30, 2012
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    I wouldn't say the GPU is cutting edge.
     
  19. ryane67 macrumors member

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    Yeah sorry I was refering to the unibody
     
  20. striker33 macrumors 65816

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    Considering the size of the rMBP, and the fact that its better than whats in an Alienware m14x, a dedicated gaming laptop which is bigger than the MBP, it must be somewhat "cutting edge" to fit that much power in such a thin chassis.

    Ofcourse the definition of "cutting edge" will vary by each individual ;)

    It wont be quite as good as the 670m in the OP's Windows Machine, but at the same time you wont be playing games at anywhere near that resolution on the machine itself. The jaggies are far less obvious and intrusive playing at 1440 x 900 on such a small screen, add on a bit of AA and it still looks good.

    You could always do what I plan to, and only game with an external monitor attached which the rMBP is in clamshell mode.
     
  21. Fall3n13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well i was able to sell the laptop for about $1000 and an 11" mba i had gotten as a trade for an ipad a while back for $800. I got the High end cMBP for $2089 tax free at the Naval Exchange on base and dropped in 16GB Corsair Vengeance RAM and a Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Hybrid Drive. My god this thing is now a screamer with this combo.
     

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