Which Retina 15 inch (leaving in a couple of hours)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JDotAppleFan, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. JDotAppleFan macrumors newbie

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    Well all... looks like I'm still having issues with my early 2011 15 inch MBP w/ dedicated video card. It randomly reboots- even in safe mode. (I made a couple threads about it and Apple was nice enough to spend an hour on the phone w/ me even though I purchased it over 3 years ago) I need a new computer for work ASAP. So I'm traveling to the nearest Best Buy to pick up one of the new 15 inch MBPs. I've decided that I want the extra screen real estate.

    I think I can live with the lower capacity, 256 gb SSD until a replacement comes out. Not a huge deal I guess. Although I insist on using a mac for work, I'm not a video/photographer, etc. Just a boring corporate job really.

    I do play the occasional game on it- usually something geeky like League of Legends or something like that. I don't think I'll miss the dedicated video card enough to spend another $500- do you??

    Thoughts and recommendations are appreciated. I had hoped on holding off on a new laptop for at least 2 more years so I haven't really been researching them.

    Thanks in advance,

    Josh
     
  2. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Base model 15 would be more than enough for you!
     
  3. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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  4. cebseb macrumors regular

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    Base 15 inch. You can always upgrade ram or ssd down the road if needed.
     
  5. JDotAppleFan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay- I was leaning towards the base one. I think it even comes with 16 gb RAM now which should be plenty. I agree about the SSD (for my purposes should be fine). That's why the deduced video card was my only concern. But I think I'll be fine without it.
     
  6. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Neither is upgradeable down the road.

    RAM is soldered.

    And no one makes the PCIe blade SSDs for Macs yet.
     
  7. cebseb macrumors regular

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    My fault, that's right about the ram. 4gb is still more than enough though. As far as the pcie blades go, its only a matter of time before we get a third party option.
     
  8. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    To be on the safe side, I'd go with 8GB.

    8GB would be fine for a pretty long time if the user doesn't do much video editing or running VMs.

    Myself, I do 4K editing and run VMs all the time, so 16GB is a minimum for me.
     

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