Which MacBook Pro should I buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Beatbeckham, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. Beatbeckham macrumors regular

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    Hi guys.

    I'm a student and I'm going to buy my first mac ever. I'm gonna use it for college; writing, watching movies, listening to music, surfing, music production, (may be gaming.) And, I like to have a lot of HD space, at least 500 GB.

    I just ordered a MacBook Pro 15": 2,6 GHz (2011) without Retina on Apple Store, and will recive it tomorrow:

    Specs:

    2,6 GHz - Intel Core i7
    8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2 x 4 GB
    750 GB Serial ATA-harddisk 5400 o/min
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    15-inch MacBook Pro Blank widescreen


    Should I go for the Retina, if I have the money.. LOL already took loan to buy this one.. Is it worth the upgrade for my use? Please help me guys... :confused:
     
  2. Pharmscott macrumors 6502a

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    It doesn't sound like you *need* the rMMP. Sure, we all want one! The machine you ordered should handle your listed needs nicely. It would be a big price jump to get the rMBP with 500gb (you can't upgrade the base model) so you're looking at $2800 (plus tax?).
     
  3. MrAnthonySutton macrumors newbie

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    Dude, those specs are fine for what you need. I wouldn't get the Retina. Honestly, if you want the retina for the SSD, upgrade 3rd party. It's so much cheaper. You don't NEED it.
     
  4. X Cruz 187 macrumors member

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    I think I heard that the rMBP's processors aren't powerful enough to push the retina display? I'd go for the base model!
     
  5. Woogaloo macrumors newbie

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    I've been in the same position, except for the school part.

    First, did you to the Apple Back to School thing (http://store.apple.com/us/browse/ca...s-naus-sea-bts-june2012-education-indexhero)? It gives you $100 towards apps which is nice. And here's another link for a better price on Macs for college peeps and such: http://store.apple.com/us-hed/findyourschool. (looks like it would start the price at $1999)

    I ended up with the 15" model, but I've got the one before yours (2.3 i7/512MB video). I am tempted to get the better one just for the bigger video card and hard drive (instead of having to buy a bigger hdd outright)...

    Other than that I don't see the retina be worth it. If you decide you "need" it (as I may do) just upgrade it third-party rather than now. Just my $0.02.
     

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