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    Macbook Pro retina - specs advice please!
    I have a strict budget of $2100 max (including tax) for a new macbook pro. So, I need to decide whether to get 16MB RAM OR the i7 processor, I can't have both. I want to do all the basic stuff PLUS amateur video editing (home videos) and photo organizing/etc. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Go for the extra memory. Keep in mind that all MacBook Pro retina machines are non upgradeable. In other words, what you buy is what you have to live with. Get as large a SSD and as much memory as you can afford. Give the i7 a pass, you won't notice the difference in speed from the standard CPU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbo99 View Post
    I have a strict budget of $2100 max (including tax) for a new macbook pro. So, I need to decide whether to get 16MB RAM OR the i7 processor, I can't have both. I want to do all the basic stuff PLUS amateur video editing (home videos) and photo organizing/etc. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Buy an Apple refurbished Mac...or a used Mac.

    - Nick
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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Go for the extra memory. Keep in mind that all MacBook Pro retina machines are non upgradeable. In other words, what you buy is what you have to live with. Get as large a SSD and as much memory as you can afford. Give the i7 a pass, you won't notice the difference in speed from the standard CPU.

    Thanks. So maybe this for $2079?

    13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
    2.6GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    128GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
    Last edited by robbo99; 05-11-2014 at 02:46 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Buy an Apple refurbished Mac...or a used Mac.

    - Nick
    If I could find the perfect refurbished one, what would it be? Most of the ones I've looked at today have only 8MB…

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbo99 View Post
    If I could find the perfect refurbished one, what would it be? Most of the ones I've looked at today have only 8MB…
    You didn't say if you were only interested in a 13" rMBP...or if a 15" model would work too. Check the specs on this one:

    - 15" rMBP
    - 16 gig ram
    - quad core i7 cpu
    - 512gig flash storage
    - 1gig video ram

    Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina Display - Apple Store (U.S.)

    Price...$2079. I know that this may be pushing your max. budget a bit. But some pretty awesome specs.

    - Nick
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    You didn't say if you were only interested in a 13" rMBP...or if a 15" model would work too. Check the specs on this one:

    - 15" rMBP
    - 16 gig ram
    - quad core i7 cpu
    - 512gig flash storage
    - 1gig video ram

    Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina Display - Apple Store (U.S.)

    Price...$2079. I know that this may be pushing your max. budget a bit. But some pretty awesome specs.

    - Nick
    I'm ok with either but would slightly prefer the 13" as I have the mega-screen if I need to see anything bigger (photos etc). But, my budget is not self implied, its an allowance I am allowed to spend up to and not exceed, and I'm not allowed to put in any cash to make up a price difference. So whilst those specs are PERFECT if I add tax it will tip me over the $2100 max. So I guess I'm trying to get as close to $2100 as poss without exceeding it which turns out to be hard - either I sit at $1900 or go to $2190. Argh!!

    Thanks for all your advice, I will keep my eyes open for a refurbished deal or just go with the latest i5.

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