whats the best option for a used/refurbished mac?

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  1. Len.non macrumors newbie

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    ok i posted a thread earlier about the macbook pros and now im finding out that i cant get them because of money issues and stuff from the apple online store...

    so heres the questions i have now

    if i were to buy a refurbished apple from a site like macmall or gainsaver.com would i be able to get applecare for it down the road?

    what site is the best for older generation macbook pros and what model should i look for if im doing work in fFCP, Photoshop After effects and music DAWs(digital audio workstations)?

    also whats the graphics card difference between these two and should it be a decidng factor in m decision?
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 128MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI
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    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI
     
  2. Len.non thread starter macrumors newbie

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    also im mainly looking for a laptop, macbook pro or powerbook, though im not too familiar with powerbooks so im not exactly sure whats the difference for the two
     
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    Do not get any Macbook Pro with the 8600M GT as they are known to be defective. Take a look at the Refurbished section on Apple.com at the bottom of the page. I recommend to get a refurbished Macbook Pro, Unibody, 2.4GHz with 9400M+9600M GT or the 2.53GHz with the 9400M+9600M GT. Keep checking daily for them to become available again.
     
  4. Len.non thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yeah its about the same price as the 13 inch macbook pro though

    i was also looking at the ati x1600 version and im not sure whats the dirrerence betweeen the 125 and 256 mb versions, does that affect anything if im doing some film editing/photoshop/music production?
     
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    The ATI x1600 Macbook Pro's, I would get the 256MB version as it is better for todays standards. But I highly recommend getting those 15in refurbished Macbook Pros with the 9600MGT. But its your choice.
     
  6. Len.non thread starter macrumors newbie

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    if i had the money i would but thats just not a possibility financially... with the x1600 versions i know they are earlier, do you know if i can upgrade the ram up to 4 or 6 gb like the other macbook pros?
     
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    Whats your budget? I think the max RAM is 3GB.
     
  8. Len.non thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well 1200 is pushing it very far, and i know i can get parts after market later on and stuff... if i didnt but refurbished from apple though would i still be able to get applecare?
     
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    You can only get Applecare if it is still under its free 1 year warranty from the time you buy it. Maybe you can get the White Macbook or the Base 13in Macbook Pro.
     
  10. Len.non thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ive looked around on other websites on gainsaver.com has older generation macbooks completely stock for 7-900 dollars

    also i think the macbook would be the best option due to my music, because i dont think that the macbook has enough usb and firewire ports for my hardware, though im not 100% sure if you can add more ports some type of way, is that possible at all?
     
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    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FB881LL/A
    Get this refurbished Macbook. This is the newer one with the Nvidia 9400M.
    It has 2 USB ports but you can add a USB hub where you can get an extra 3-5 USb Ports. http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-4-Port...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1247213895&sr=8-1 <---Usb Hub
     
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    What do you mean replacement? If you mean more USB ports yes.
     
  14. Len.non thread starter macrumors newbie

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    in all honesty im not sure because this is the most ive actually went into looking for a computer of my own and also my first mac purchase from windows

    but i also would need firewire ports for video editing, for connecting my dv camera to the computer which i dont see on any macbooks, im not exactly sure if theres a way to solve that
     
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    That Macbook I showed you has a firewire 400 port.
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FB881LL/A
     
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    Why can't you get them?
     
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    Just keep checking daily, and once it's in stock, buy it.
     
  19. Len.non thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yeah i guess im just a bit impatient cause ive been trying fora mac for almost 3 years now lol
    do all the white macbooks have firewire ports? because im sure i might be able to find one at the retail store
     
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    Only the white Macbook and the Macbook Pro.
     
  21. Len.non thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok thanks i appreciate it
     
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    No problem ;)
     
  23. Len.non thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hopefully by some grace of god and thourhg some birthday money coming today ill have enough to get the macbook pro but if push comes to shove ill try for the white macbook...
    do you know if mac has any open-box items that may be cheaper?
     
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    I don't know if the Apple Store does but Best Buy might have open-box Macs.
     

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