Which one's right for me?

rieshunter

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Jun 8, 2014
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Hi, MacRumors

This is my very first post, so please excuse me if I do something wrong. I am here to pick your brains about which Retina 13" MacBook Pro is right for me. I am in high school (So I can't get the student discount), and I would not like the 3rd tier $1,799 one. I am interested in the first two however. But, I am not sure which one, and/or what to upgrade on it. That is why I have come here.
 

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TechGod

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Feb 25, 2014
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I'm thinking about upgrading the processor. What do you think. is 2.4Ghz good enough? And what do you use yours for?
:)
GHz don't matter much. I play league and Minecraft. Have a few tabs open in safari constantly and use pages to take down notes.

Get around 60-70 on league medium high and 100fps on Minecraft nearly max settings render distance is on o chunks but otherwise max.
 

rieshunter

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Jun 8, 2014
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Wisconsin
GHz don't matter much. I play league and Minecraft. Have a few tabs open in safari constantly and use pages to take down notes.

Get around 60-70 on league medium high and 100fps on Minecraft nearly max settings render distance is on o chunks but otherwise max.
So you think the basic 2nd tier one would far surpass my need?
 

TheIguana

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Sep 26, 2004
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For your uses I would consider the 2nd retina model. 2.4Ghz with 8Gb of RAM and a 256Gb SSD. The RAM will make things snappier and in todays world a 128Gb storage drive is just too small, 256Gb is a much better pick. I wouldn't worry about upgrading the processor.
 

dalupus

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Jul 19, 2011
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you probably wouldn't even notice the cpu difference as others have said.

I would max out the ram whatever you get.
$200 to double the ram on a $1,500 machine. I wouldn't even think twice about it.
 

rieshunter

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jun 8, 2014
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Wisconsin
For your uses I would consider the 2nd retina model. 2.4Ghz with 8Gb of RAM and a 256Gb SSD. The RAM will make things snappier and in todays world a 128Gb storage drive is just too small, 256Gb is a much better pick. I wouldn't worry about upgrading the processor.
What is your opinion on AppleCare?
 

TechGod

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Feb 25, 2014
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What is your opinion on AppleCare?
Don't know about AppleCare but my local tech retailer provides warenty for normal wear and tear and in certain situations, for accidental damage.

And its 3 years +Apples 1 year warranty so 4 years total coverage. Its worth it methinks
 

gtanner00

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I don't know where you live but if you are planning to go to a brick and mortar store like best buy, ask them if they match apple education pricing and they will automatically say yes if you look young and say you are going to school. They want the sale and don't care if you have proof of where you are enrolled.
 

maflynn

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Go for the 8GB/256GB model, it gives you more space, more ram. The ram cannot be upgraded after purchase so bumping that up to 8 is a safe move.
 
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