Undecided on which 15" model rMBP

gadgetgirl85

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I've decided I definitely want a 15" rMBP. If I price a 16gb base model 15", it almost seems worth to get the top model 15" for a few hundred more. It is quite a jump in money. I want to run win 8 in bootcamp with office, spss etc. Maybe play the sims 4 on it. Would the base model be enough or should I make the jump to the high end model? I can afford both but always good to save money wherever.
 

Santabean2000

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I've decided I definitely want a 15" rMBP. If I price a 16gb base model 15", it almost seems worth to get the top model 15" for a few hundred more. It is quite a jump in money. I want to run win 8 in bootcamp with office, spss etc. Maybe play the sims 4 on it. Would the base model be enough or should I make the jump to the high end model? I can afford both but always good to save money wherever.
Welcome to Apple's pricing strategy. A lot of 15" users would like the 16GB and they know it. Click click and all of a sudden you're at the more costly machine.

The way I figure it, get the stock higher model and be done with it. Know that you've ben played and get over it. Enjoy your machine and forget it.
 

Yebubbleman

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I've decided I definitely want a 15" rMBP. If I price a 16gb base model 15", it almost seems worth to get the top model 15" for a few hundred more. It is quite a jump in money. I want to run win 8 in bootcamp with office, spss etc. Maybe play the sims 4 on it. Would the base model be enough or should I make the jump to the high end model? I can afford both but always good to save money wherever.
Regardless, you should spec it with 16GB of RAM as you cannot perform that upgrade later and while you may not need it today, you may down the road.

That being said, the only reasons to stick with the lower-end model at that point are:

- You don't want the discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M w/ 2GB of dedicated VRAM (for whatever reason)

- You're content with 2.0GHz and/or 256GB of storage and don't need better/more than that

Given this, I'd just go with the high-end model and call it a day.
 

jterp7

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I've decided I definitely want a 15" rMBP. If I price a 16gb base model 15", it almost seems worth to get the top model 15" for a few hundred more. It is quite a jump in money. I want to run win 8 in bootcamp with office, spss etc. Maybe play the sims 4 on it. Would the base model be enough or should I make the jump to the high end model? I can afford both but always good to save money wherever.
check out the official refurbs if you want the dedicated gpu and don't want to spend almost 3 grand

2200 for 16gb, 750M and 512 is a pretty good deal imo.
 

Meister

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Are you sure you need such a powerfull machine for your needs?
The base 15" should be well enough.
 

gadgetgirl85

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I got the high end model. It's probably a little overkill for my needs, but going to plan to hang onto it for a few years.
 

melchior

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i have the high end model. 2.6ghz, 16gb, 1tb.

i wish it was faster, especially for single threaded tasks.
 

gadgetgirl85

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I'm still within my 14 day period..I'm tempted to send it back. I had gotten it to game but it heats up and drains the battery when I do. Thinking to get a 13" 256gb but with 16gb ram.
 

Zwhaler

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I'm still within my 14 day period..I'm tempted to send it back. I had gotten it to game but it heats up and drains the battery when I do. Thinking to get a 13" 256gb but with 16gb ram.
13" will be significantly worse for gaming with that GPU. If you are unsatisfied with your MBP's performance, the 13" will be 2-3 steps down from what you have currently.
 
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