Which MBP for College?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Flyers18, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. Flyers18 macrumors newbie

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    I am going to College this fall and I want to buy a MBP 13 inch. I don't know whether to get the 2.26 or the 2.53 version. If I do buy the 2.26 I will purchase upgrade the memory to 4GB and the hard drive to 250GB. The 2.26GHZ will cost me $1466 while the 2.53GHZ will cost me $163 more at $1629. I will likely have to run windows on it for some programs, no gaming at all, but lots of music and movies, and general college stuff. So which one should I go for?
     
  2. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    2.53 in my opinion you will need the extra power especially if you use parallels to run windows. However you will also need the memory.
     
  3. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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  4. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816

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    You can definitely save some dough by ugrading the ram and HD yourself to the same spec as the 2.53; you are probably not going to notice a 270mhz difference, and I'd personally say it's not worth almost $200.
     
  5. Flyers18 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Money is not really a problem, if I can save it that's good, if I have to spend the extra, doesn't really matter. In the end I just don't want to regret my decision. I'm not really a big computer nerd and I don't know how to upgrade the ram by myself, so however I buy it, that's the way it stays.
     
  6. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Then no brainer go with 2.53 and 4GB of RAM...but if money really is no option then maybe you want to go to a 15inch MBP
     
  7. iMav macrumors 6502

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    Don't waste your money on the minimally faster clock speed.
     
  8. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    If you have the money to spend I might seriously consider 15inch...you will really enjoy the extra screen size.
     
  9. WeedKiller87 macrumors member

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    I would go for the 2.26 GHz. Like others have said, there isn't any noticeable difference. Save the money and spend it on a larger hard drive and/or more ram, if you need it. I have a stock 2.26 GHz MBP and it runs very smoothly.
     
  10. OceanView macrumors 65816

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    +1

    That's what I did.
     
  11. AdamLikesMusic macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, the base 13" with upgraded RAM and HDD if you feel the need.
     
  12. Flyers18 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    All right thanks for the opinions, I'm going to go with the 2.53 one.
     
  13. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

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    Make sure to use the academic discount.
     
  14. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

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    Make sure you get the education discount.


    Should be: $1,582.00
    2.53 GHz 13" Macbook Pro
    4GB DDR3
    250GB hard drive
    3-year applcare.
     
  15. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    :rolleyes: It takes all of about twenty minutes. You don't need to be a computer nerd to do it.
     

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