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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

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I am planning on buying a MBP but I don't know if I should get a refurbished one or a new one.
The prices are fairly similar but they both have advantages and disadvantages...
Everything else is pretty much the same. Here are the main differences:

New vs. Refurbished
2.4GHz Intel Core i5 vs. 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256MB vs. NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics processor; and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
Hard drives and memories are the same.

I am an advertising major and I'll be using a lot of design programs as well as photography applications. I don't play that many games, and I especially don't play those that take up a lot of memory.

Can someone give me some guidance? Which one should I get? (The price isn't too much of a concern for me).

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My vote is get the "i5" with the 330m video hardware.

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Oh, so in general the processor is much more important than the graphics? and in this case even if I will be using a lot of design programs it is preferable to have a better processor than better graphics?

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Oh, so in general the processor is much more important than the graphics? and in this case even if I will be using a lot of design programs it is preferable to have a better processor than better graphics?

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Short answer would be yes.

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Oh, so in general the processor is much more important than the graphics? and in this case even if I will be using a lot of design programs it is preferable to have a better processor than better graphics?

Thanks!
The choice I made had better both!

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I'm not a fan of the i5. There isn't that much of a boost for the money(you can read online all day talking about that), especially if you can get a 9600 with the 512 ram. If price isn't an issue, I would go with one of these,
(1)Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - Apple Store (U.S.)
(2)Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - Apple Store (U.S.)

With designing and such, the problem you will run into is graphics ram size, not power, because both are great gc's!

My best friend has the same exact setup as the first one...makes jealous every time...
After buying my mbp refurbished, after returning the un-refurbished one, I will always look at the refurbished first.

If you are on a smaller budget, I would go with this,
(3)http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC...co=MTgxMzM0MTE.

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Wow, thank you all for the quick replies and super helpful answers.
#3 sounds like the best option, since I don't need that much hard disk drive space.

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For your info, the 2.4GHz Intel core i5 is the equivalent of a 3.03 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo.
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Wow, thank you all for the quick replies and super helpful answers.
#3 sounds like the best option, since I don't need that much hard disk drive space.

Thanks again!
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