Which 15" MBP should I Get??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Cedthebeast, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. Cedthebeast macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011
    Hi guys, I'm on the verge of buying my first macbook pro. Now I decided to go with either the 15" high end or low end, but I can't decide..

    List of things I will use it for specifically:
    -School stuff
    -Gaming like (LoL, Dota 2, Star wars old republic coming out in dec.)
    -Some personal video editing for youtube reviews and some creative videos
    -Watching videos
    -And using it almost every single day

    I know I can upgrade ram and get some ssd hard drives later (does it void the warranty? I hope not..) And I just can't see if I should spend the $400 more...

    So which would I get? Please help!
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Low end should be fine, it's still a very powerful computer.

    RAM and HDD are also user upgradeable.
  3. Michael383, Oct 29, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011

    Michael383 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2011
    I'd go with the low end 15". It will do everything on your list.
  4. dakine17 macrumors newbie


    Aug 13, 2011
  5. Cedthebeast thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011
    Thanks for the replies. I would prefer the refurbished one since it is cheaper and it has better specs than the lower end one, except I'm not a fan of "refurbished" items.
  6. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    If this were the February 2011 models, I would have said high end due to the 256MB 6490M. But the current refresh made the base 15" model an awesome value. A 512MB 6750M is a very decent mid-range GPU but I wouldn't let gaming performance be a major factor.

    Even the 1GB 6770M in the high end model won't do a much better job when coming to current games, the MacBook Pro just isn't designed to be a powerful gaming machine.

    Buy the base 15" and save $400, and use that towards a SSD or more RAM in the future. That $400 will be a GIANT performance boost with the SSD and RAM, much better spent than towards a GPU that will give you 2 or 3 more fps in a game and a 5% CPU speed bump.
  7. MVRL macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2011
  8. Cedthebeast thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011
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    Well hopefully im able to game on maybe some low settings on current games? Haha.

    Anyways my next dilemma is choosing between the:
    1) 15" mbp refurbished early 2011 high end
    2) 15" mbp low end late 2011

    Its the same stuff but more dedicated graphics in the refurbished and a 7200 rpm hdd, but the problem is that it is refurbished..-_-

    I dont like the idea of refurbished, but there is a 100$ difference with the refurbished beingg cheaper. I'm trying to buy it online
  9. Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    Definitely not a LATE 2011 high-end.

    Between the Late 2011 low-end and the Early 2011 high-end, go with the Early 2011. More VRAM for the same price.

    Apple refurb = Certified new, when it comes to Macs, it doesn't matter if it's refurbished or not as long as Apple's the one approving the refurb status.
  10. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    have u ever bought a refrbished product?
  11. Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    Correct thing to say would be: Have you ever bought an Apple refurbished product?
    Because there is a difference.
  12. Cedthebeast thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011
    Nothing apple refurbished, but my experience with refurbished isn't so good, since my old laptop died on me about a year and 2 months, but it was a gateway. I also had a friend with a refurbished toshiba laptop that died in 6-8 months. So even with Apple's track record, I'm still a little iffy.
  13. paolo- macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    I'm considering a refurb early-2011 low end MBP. From my understanding, refurb Macs don't have a bad rep. I also think that right now they just might be some perfectly good off the factory ones from before the update.
  14. spagthorpe macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2011
    The refurbished Macs might as well be new. In fact, I've read elsewhere that Apple uses the refurbed outlet to move slow inventory at a lower price point. I have bought one MBP from the Apple refurb site, and it was in perfect condition. Same warranty as well, and if you're worried about it, you can get the same Applecare you get with a new one. Only real difference is the box.
  15. Zerosopher macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2011
    United Kingdom
    I am going to buy a new macbook pro as well. I will use the mac like you. I think the low end 15" late 2011 is ok do all works.
  16. Jrv macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2011
    Long Beach, California

    Opening an Apple product is epic.

    I love that box...
  17. JamesGorman macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    Even the low end refurbished early 2011 will suffice. Even a mid 2010 high end would be more than enough. And it would save you lots!
  18. Cedthebeast thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011
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    Won't the refurbished one have a lower battery life cycle?
  19. hpucker99 macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2009
    Refurbished early high end

    I am looking at an early 2011 high end 15". It has th3 6750M video chip with 1 GB VRAM. I plan to eventually put a SSD in next year if prices drop some more and another 8 GB of RAM this year.
  20. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    I would try to find and get early high end MBP 15 inch...

    As long as the price is good....

    All the refurbished models come with new battery.

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