Which one to get

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bradley8795, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. bradley8795 macrumors member

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    Ok guys so I have read a bunch of threads on here and I haven't seen this situation come up, so heres the deal.

    I bought a rMBP 15" 8GB 256GB 2GHZ with the Intel Iris last week, got a decent deal opened box from Best Buy. Paid $1599 + tax.

    So as I see it my options are.

    1. Keep this one. Net cost $0

    2. Upgrade to 2013 (open box) model with 16GB RAM 512GB HD 2.3GHz CPU and nVidia graphics. Net cost $722 plus tax. Just saw the same one online opened box for $2208.99 so net cost would be $609 plus tax.

    3. Upgrade to 2014 (new) model with 16GB RAM 512GB HD 2.5GHZ CPU and nVidia graphics. Net cost $900

    4. Upgrade to 2014 (new) model with 16GB RAM 256GB HD 2.2GHz CPU and Intel Iris graphics. Net cost $400

    I really want to upgrade to the 16GB of RAM, the HD size doesn't matter as much to me. I know that I would never see a difference between the CPU speed for what I do. But I do like to game a little, and play high quality videos so the nVidia GPU does sound better.

    Unless you guys can convince me different I am planning on option number 2. Let me know what you think, and what you would do.
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    If you feel like spending $600-700, go for it. Personally I'd stick with what you've got and spend the money on something else.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    If you're happy with the current model keep it.

    Why do you think you need 16GB of ram?

    If you're hung up on that issue, then yeah your only choice is to return what you have and either get the other open box model or a brand new one - depending on how much you want to spend.
     
  4. Meister Suspended

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    Seems like you made up your mind already.
    You havent told what you do with your machine.
     
  5. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    I'd agree with this. Unless you are having performance issues with 8GB of ram. just stick with the deal you got and save that money.
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Option 2. It is your money and time. No need to convince you since you seem pretty convinced and set on flushing your cash.
     
  7. bradley8795 thread starter macrumors member

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    The money really isn't an issue. I don't mind spending more now, if that means that it will be something that I will be able to use for longer down the road. If the memory was still upgradeable in these things we wouldn't even be having this discussion. After all the researching I did last night I don't think the nVidia really matters that much. But I am still stuck on the 16GB of RAM.

    So the new question, as a casual user that wants to get into development sometime in the near future, do I NEED 16gb of RAM? I am never going to be doing PRO video editing or music or anything like that......keeping the one I have is starting to look better and better.
     
  8. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Not at all. You could probably get by with 4. 8 is more than enough. 16 would be a complete waste of money for you.
     
  9. Meister Suspended

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    Of course you do not need 16gb ram.

    Why do you think the nvidia doesnt matter?

    If money is not an issue why even post here?

    If $$$ is unlimited go crazy and max everything out for the hell of it. :cool:

    Just dont expect the machine to last longer or run faster because it probably wont.
     
  10. bradley8795 thread starter macrumors member

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    From what I read the nVidia doesn't seem to give that much of a boost to the things that I do.

    The difference between $1599 and $2499 doesn't matter much to me, but the value I get for my money does. Example: I only buy Levis jeans, they are $60 a pair. I could buy some Walmart brand for $15, but the Levis will last me at least 5 years, where I would have to replace the walmart brand at least once a year. So the five year cost of cheap jeans is $75 vs $60 for a pair of Levis. Basically I just want the best bang for my buck.

    And there is no need to max everything out, because I don't need it. Same reason you don't shoot a mosquito with a bazooka.

    But in all seriousness, I just bought this one.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Meister Suspended

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    You didnt say what you need.
    You also didnt write whats wrong with the rmbp you have atm.

    That the nvidia "sounds better" for playing HQ video doesnt make the least bit of sense.
    Any phone / ipad and of course macbook can do that.
     

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