Student - Best discount for $2649 MacBook Pro?

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  1. arkidas macrumors newbie

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    So I'm a student in the US and I'm getting a MacBook Pro. I realize there's a 10% student discount I could use but couldn't I also use that developer thing that costs $99 a year and get 20% discount or is that not an option anymore?
     
  2. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    I don't think the student discount is 10% - it's $100 off lower models and $200 off higher models (2.2GHz 15" and 17"). What specs are you looking at for that price?
     
  3. arkidas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh okay so it's just $200? I do get a discount off the custom uprades I selected.

    It's basically the more expensive 15" MBP model with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD - Anti-Glare screen.
     
  4. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    Good choice - I got basically the same one ;)

    The upgrades do get cheaper - it's $135 for the AG screen and $90 for the SSD which is a bit less than normal (they are $150/$100 respectively).
    The easiest way to save another $100 is to get the 4GB RAM and upgrade it yourself. You can get a top quality 8GB kit for $70 or less on Newegg, and it's a simple install with instructions given in the MBP manual (HDD and RAM are considered user replaceable by Apple). Basically, you just pop out the old ones and pop in the new ones.
     
  5. arkidas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay - thanks for the tip.

    I didn't care for the extra 100mhz on the processor for $225.

    But guys - what do you say about the student/developer discount? Is that still possible if I pay the $99 or did the discontinue that?
     
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  7. chrfr macrumors 603

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    There's no developer discount anymore.
     
  8. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    It's not the same RAM. Any 204-pin DDR3 1333 RAM will work fine, and you'll find better options when not searching for "Mac" labeled ones. Here's what I have and it's one of the most popular kits. G.Skill is a great brand, which you can see by the reviews, which are MUCH better than the "iRAM" one.
     
  9. arkidas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks - it's cheaper as well. But do you have any idea about the detailed specs on the Apple RAMs? Comparable to the GSkill you provided?
     
  10. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    It's the same as the 8GB kit. The factory 4GB kit might have a lower latency because it's only 2GB/stick instead of 4GB, but that's irrelevant since you're going 8GB either way.
     
  11. arkidas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I was referring to whether it was comparable to the 8GB one. So I'm getting exactly the same performance by ordering the RAM myself?
     
  12. aluren macrumors 65816

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    Yeah. It's not like Apple makes their own magical ram...
     
  13. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    you can upgrade the ram and hdd yourself as they are user serviceable and you will see the same results in performance as you would upgrading via apple, but you will see much better results for your wallet.
     
  14. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    Yep - exact same performance.

    If you were getting a lower model, I'd even say to buy a 3rd party SSD since it's faster and cheaper. It happens to be that with the 15" 2.2GHz, it's only a $90 upgrade so the Apple model isn't a bad deal.
     

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