What NOW would be the best option for a college student?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by joey911900, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. joey911900, Jun 11, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2012

    joey911900 macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2012
    With the newly released retina MBP, what would be the best option for an avid gamer who likes to work with photos and videos here and there? Seems like the only logical option would be the high end retina macbook pro for the bigger flash memory (256GB seems pretty small) but to pay $2800 would piss off my parents and burn a big hole in my wallet. Im aware of the student discount as well but still, what do you guys think would be the best option?

    Edit: I play all intensive games on my xbox, im just talking about WoW, Diablo 3 and steam games.
    This will also be my main computer and only computer for the next 4-5 years I imagine.
  2. boomboom2 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2012
    MacBooks really aren't the best options for gamers. The new retina MacBook has me salivating though... I have a desktop I built myself for my gaming needs.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Build a gaming PC.
  4. boomboom2 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2012
    For the price of a retina MacBook you could get an entry level air or pro and use the rest of the money to build a gaming rig if you have the chops for it.
  5. SLC Flyfishing Suspended

    SLC Flyfishing

    Nov 19, 2007
    Portland, OR
    11 inch macbook air, 13" if you have to have the i7.

    Your back will thank you, and your performance in school won't be any different.
  6. wywern209 macrumors 65832


    Sep 7, 2008
    do you rly want to know?
    the 15" pro without the retina display. it has the 650m which should play most games with med/high settings on native res.
  7. strausd macrumors 68030

    Jul 11, 2008
    Build a desktop for ~$800-$1000 and then buy a bottom line MBA or iPad for notes in class. That's what I would do if I was in your position. A custom gaming desktop will also do well with video and image editing.

    My girlfriend actually built a very impressive gaming build for $700. CPU was only a desktop i3 at 3.3 so nothing crazy on the CPU side, but she put a GTX 560 in it and it plays every game she has tried just wonderfully. She uses an iPad for everything else.
  8. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I'd go for a Pro without a retina display, as for gaming, you probably won't be able to play most games at native res on a retina MBP. Also you said $2800 may be 'burning a hole in your wallet', and this option is also cheaper.
  9. HighFlyers macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2012
    Honestly this. You can get an Air or 13" Pro, build a gaming PC plus get and LED monitor for the gaming rig and still pay less than the high end Retina. Heck you can probably get two LED monitors.
  10. iMusings macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2009
    Since college students are kind of rich nowadays...

    1) Cash out on your student loan
    2) Buy the 16gb/758gb RMBP with 2.9Ghz i7
    3) Hope Obamacare is still around when you graduate and can't find a job
  11. joey911900 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2012
    might as well get the thunderbolt display too
  12. Androidpwns macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2011
    This... go with Windows.
  13. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2008
    I know some people have large student loans nowadays, but enough to pay Intel to develop and mfg a new i7 processor and have Apple put into your computer? Wow :p
  14. Marat macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2010
    Yes, that is the only logical option. How did students function before today?
  15. awesomator macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    The gt 650m is actually great for gaming as long as you use boot camp for games.


    A gt 650m will play almost all modern games on high while running windows. Your problem here is actually the hard drive size. A partition will take up space and you will have to frequently install and uninstall games. If that doesn't bother you than you are fine with the 250gb retina mbp. I know on my gaming computer though my steam games folder is over 320 gb and single games can easily be 10 gb+. The choice is yours.

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