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2010 Refurb MBP vs. New 2011 MBP

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Im looking to purchase a MBP as an educational tool, and i am looking to get the best bang for my buck.

I found a refurb 2010 MBP here [$1,599.00]
  • Originally released April 2010
  • 2.6 Core i7 Dual Core
  • 15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display (1440 x 900 pixel)
  • 4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
  • 8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory

Also had my eye on the new 2011 MBP here [$1,699.00]
  • 2.0GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
  • 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
  • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
  • AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256MB GDDR5

Majoring in Biology, planning on eventually going to graduate school- traveling the world (Ecology).

Anyone have any advice?
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post #2 of 10
spend the extra 100 and get the new revision.
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Get the latest model. Both are seriously over-priced, though.
    
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Originally Posted by Mmansueto View Post
spend the extra 100 and get the new revision.
I am going to have to agree with this. If the difference is only $100, you might as well get a new one. The quad and better graphics performance may serve you later down the road.
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post #5 of 10
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Thank you all, I ended up going for the 13' newer 2011 model.
Hopefully this one will be able to retain its value for at least a couple years lmao
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post #6 of 10
i say stick to the refurb

new mbp heat tj max on or near full load and it'll throttle....alot

old ones don't heat up to tj max as much as the new SB chips
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Originally Posted by Mr.Pie View Post
i say stick to the refurb

new mbp heat tj max on or near full load and it'll throttle....alot

old ones don't heat up to tj max as much as the new SB chips
That problem is mostly on the Radeon HD 6750M/Core i7 2.2GHz version.

OP, go ahead and buy it.
    
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Just a little update for those interested- I ended up going with the 13.3" model. Even though the hardware isn't as good as the 15" models, for what i will be using it for i don't think it will matter much.

Going to be throwing W7 on it, hooking it up to my 27" monitor, optical out to my sound system's DAC.
Contemplating getting a mac keyboard+mouse (maybe wireless).

Reason for going cheaper? Have to get a phone, so maybe gunna get the iphone 4, or a used 3GS and not have to pay monthly.
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Just a little update for those interested- I ended up going with the 13.3" model. Even though the hardware isn't as good as the 15" models, for what i will be using it for i don't think it will matter much.

Going to be throwing W7 on it, hooking it up to my 27" monitor, optical out to my sound system's DAC.
Contemplating getting a mac keyboard+mouse (maybe wireless).

Reason for going cheaper? Have to get a phone, so maybe gunna get the iphone 4, or a used 3GS and not have to pay monthly.
LOL. You got a mac and you say you went cheap? I think I'm poor then.
     
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post #10 of 10
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LOL. You got a mac and you say you went cheap? I think I'm poor then.
Haha, relatively speaking...
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