This is an insane question but....

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  1. angrygolfer macrumors 6502

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    I have a 5 month old MBP 2.16Ghz, 120GB HDD, Matte Screen, Superdrive, 3GB RAM, etc. Would it be ridiculous if I were to buy the new MBP 2.4Ghz and sell this one??? I hate not having the latest.
     
  2. timestoby macrumors 6502

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    its not insane.some people are like that,they want the latest.if you got the money do get the newest then do it.
     
  3. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

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    I wouldn't use the word insane. That's more of a legal term actually.

    You may have obsessive compulsive tendencies. Does it feel as if there's a hole in you, something missing, a "not quite right" feeling if your computer is not the most current?

    I would urge you to look at your thought that you want to upgrade. How would you label that thought? One very helpful thing with dealing with obsessive compulsive thoughts is to be able to label them as such. That way you know that you're dealing with the obsessive compulsive voice in your head and not something based on external realities.

    I have OCD so I can relate to wanting things to be fresh and the newest. It helps me when I get jealous of a newer model that has come out to feel that my computer is current. I do this by cleaning the keyboard, mouse. Archiving data I no longer need. Run software update, repair disk permissions, delete downloads and apps you no longer need. Make your own computer feel fresh and personalized and new again to you.
     
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    We love insane questions here. And yes, it's insane. Why? Because the depreciated value plus the hassle of a new install for such a minor increment in performance and design is a waste of money and time.

    If you like buying stuff that much, then wait for a 2.6 or something a little higher. To be worth it, the pleasure of a new Mac has to be least vaguely noticeable in speed and overall differentness... oh wow, newness, I'm really pleased... that sort of thing. I reckon.
     
  5. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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    if i had the money i'd buy the latest and greatest thing at every upgrade. So no. BTW, if you do, i'm interested in the mbp (for my stepbrother)
     
  6. ab2650 macrumors 6502a

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    I say wait until it's 13 months old. That way you can claim you had to trade it in for luck reasons. :D OCD FTW!
     
  7. BiikeMike macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (Treo: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98; PalmSource/Palm-D052; Blazer/4.5) 16;320x320)

    I think it is perfectly reasonable, and that you should send the old one to me, then get the new one. I'll even pay shipping ;-)
     
  8. kurzz macrumors 6502

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    If you have this compulsive tendancy..be very careful. Some people have dug themselves a deep hole of debt because of this and managed to ruin theirs and their families lives.
     
  9. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

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    Of course he should be careful when spending large amounts of money, but we should also be careful not to catastrophize the situation. The OP is using good self care by seeking the opinion of a group of people to gauge the rationality of his thoughts and potential behavior. To me that indicates a high level of maturity and insight.
     
  10. ab2650 macrumors 6502a

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    Unless you are obsessive compulsive about paying bills and maintaining good credit.

    I know it's not something to joke about, but I couldn't resist.
     
  11. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    If you were being sarcastic (which I think you were) then I think you're hilarious! If not, I'm scared.

    OP, it will be a serious waste of time and money to sell your old one and buy a new one. At least wait a year, and buy the mbp that is at least two or three revisions ahead of yours. Like Blue Velvet wrote above, you'll notice the difference more that way.
     
  12. erandall38 macrumors 6502

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    I definitely understand where your coming from when you say that you want to have the latest and greatest. The MBP's were updated in June, so two months ago. According to MR buyers guide... here is a link http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/... the average update is 186 days. With average you would have about 4 months left till a new update *on average* So you are past half way.
    In my opinion if you are past half way then keep going because if you can only make it 5 months and already want a new MBP, then in 4 months if a new one comes out what are you going to do then.
     
  13. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a

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    haha , i think im going to post this when the new macbook pro come(got mine before couple weeks)..i always love to have the new stuff aswell XD...
    but anyway theres no big difference between the 2 machines..seriously..i wouldnt pay the money for such thing(even if i had the money)...why dont you just keep using your kick a$$ machine and wait for the upcoming mbp instead once they are out?? just a suggestion..
     
  14. djinn macrumors 68000

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    I was in the same situation. In fact I was at the Apple store ready to pull the trigger on a new MBP 2.4 until I did some research. So I figured I would keep my current MBP until I really need a new one.
     
  15. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    This decision is actually entirely up to you. If you do choose to buy the new MBP, I could find a use for your old one as well :D.

    I would keep the MBP though, most likely you would not notice the difference in speed. And since the deisgn is the same, no one else would notice either ;).
     
  16. djinn macrumors 68000

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    Real question with performance is the video cards and the 4gig of RAM.. Thats about it.
     
  17. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

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    No, I was not being sarcastic. If you have obsessive thoughts and feel compelled to act on them, it really is a good idea to check those thoughts and feelings with other people, which is exactly why the OP posted this thread.

    Let's say that I started coughing one morning and I became obsessed that I had tuberculosis and thought I need to go to an emergency room. I might be wise to say to a friend I started coughing and I'm having this thought that I might have tuberculosis. A person with OCD is aware in a part of their mind that their concerns don't have to do with reality. But sometimes they need to hear this from someone else to confirm that they really are OK. It's difficult to say exactly whether it's always appropriate in every instance since you can develop a need for assurances on every topic, which in and of itself can become a compulsive need.

    But there are times when OCD has been with you for so long that at first breaking through it, it really is difficult to know what is appropriate and what is excessive. For example, if you had lived your life for 10 years washing your hands 200 times a day, you really have no concept of what would be an appropriate way to think about when hand washing is needed and when it's not. And that's when you consult reality: your friends, therapist, etc.
     
  18. xtopher macrumors regular

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    i dont think its insane. i bought a MBP then the new ones came out and i bought one of those :D
     
  19. A Pittarelli macrumors 6502

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    not insane, silly, but not insane. who cares its only money just go for it
     
  20. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Don't get me wrong, a good friend or family member is a good person to refer to in situations where you feel you're not mentally stable, but a forum isn't. Sure, most of us give good advice, and we all mean well (most of us), but we all have our own view on things. Only someone close to the OP would be able to give him really good advice. This isn't a recommendation on hardware or timing on when to buy; this is a case of personal expense and controlling one's urges, something that a person close to you is better equipped to handle.

    That said, I'm glad we set the OP straight and told him to hold onto his money for a while longer:)
     
  21. erandall38 macrumors 6502

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    back on topic.....
    I hope we all helped you make your decision easier, what did you decide?
     
  22. megfilmworks macrumors 68020

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    I agree with previous poster who said, not enough change for it to be worth it.
    I like to replace my laptop about once every 2 years, depending of course on the whims of Sir Apple. I like to see a noticeable change as I like my old laptops and its like putting a pet to sleep. LOL
     
  23. angrygolfer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Holy moly! I didn't expect this to turn into a shrink session!!! I am a technologist, therefore I always want to be on the bleeding edge. Some of the posters just blew me away with these OCD postings. In any event I am going to hold off. I thank everyone for there input. I think if it was OCD I wouldn't have asked anyone. I would have just bought it. Erandall38 posted info I was looking for. 186 days between refreshes. Thats information that says hey maybe wait another4 or 5 months and maybe they'll come out with something new. However if I might have to wait a year or 2, then I would make the buy.
     
  24. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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    I do it all the time do it and when the next macbook comes out i will do it again :)
     

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