So tempting... I can go get a base RMBP today but do I need the upgrades?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mstgkillr, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. mstgkillr macrumors regular

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    I have a RMBP 2.6GHz, 512GB, 16GB, with AppleCare on order with an estimated delivery of July 16th. I used my student discount and will get a total of 7% cash back through my Discover Card because I ordered it online and on a bonus day. The total with AppleCare, after tax and all discounts will be $2975.

    I just called my local Apple Store and they have several base RMBP 2.3GHz, 256GB, and 8GB in stock ready to be picked up. I would lose my Discover Card cash back bonus and the total after tax and AppleCare would be $2372.

    I am a Civil Engineering student who will be using AutoCAD but I am still not sure if I need the upgrades over the base model.

    What does everyone think... Would the base model be enough for AutoCad or should I wait it out and pay $603 more for the upgrades?
     
  2. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a

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    I think the base would be enough, but the problem is you can't upgrade the RAM later (SSD is still difficult and limited). That's why I went with a non-retina, A.K.A classic model so I could upgrade. Just think, when 16 GB RAM modules come out, I can stick 32 GB in this Mac (Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge chipsets support it) while retina's are stuck as a max of 16. Plus, I can stick (2) hard drives/SSDs in there for cheap.

    I would wait and max the RAM out at least if you really want a retina MBP. Just my 2 cents.
     
  3. Rizzm macrumors 6502a

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    I think the base + RAM upgrade is your best value. I wouldn't get the Retina model without it. Either this or the one you have on order. I just don't think you NEED the upgrades to do your work.
     
  4. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    Keep the upgraded one, if only for the additional RAM.
     
  5. slxx macrumors newbie

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    I'm in the same situation here.
     
  6. thatguy215 macrumors member

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    I think if you think too long, by the time you get there, all the base models would be gone.

    That's what happened to me
     

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