Currently Being ModeratedNov 14, 2012 7:05 AM (in response to FireStormBravo)
I would say that you need to identify the kinds of things you will be using the computer for-- what programs are other students using.
You can replace hard drives and RAM in MacBook Pros without voiding the warranty so I would not purchase the SSD from Apple (just my opinion). I would not even purchase extra RAM from Apple.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 14, 2012 7:16 AM (in response to FireStormBravo)
Since you will be going into engineering i believe you will be using design apps like AutoCAD and other such utilities. All such apps require a lot of raw processing power. which means a lot of graphic intensive prosesses as well.my suggestion to you would be to go for the 15" MBP and go for the base model. Retina or non-retina display is completely up to you. That is all a matter of what appeals to your eyes but go for the base model in whichever lineup you go for. I believe they start with the 2.3 GHZ quad core config and also has 1 GB of discrete graphics in that, which in my opinion should be powerful enough for your work and also future proofs the notebook for at least 4-5 years. Hope this helps.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 14, 2012 7:54 AM (in response to aniruddh_apple)
The MPB with 1GB graphics starts at about $2K with education pricing...but I can get the one with only 512GB for about $300 less. And I don't know if I would get AppleCare or not. Sometimes it seems like Apple takes care of customers so well that you don't need it! I'll for sure get the anti-glare, as I said. Maybe I should email my professor and ask him?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 14, 2012 7:56 AM (in response to Wayne Contello)
So if I bought a base 15" MBP: I could walk in and buy a base anti-glare MPB, do the initial setup, and have them upgrade the RAM and SSD for me (so I don't have to buy a Torx screwdriver)? Would they do that? I'm assuming we could just do a recovery restore using their fancy OS distribution stuff that they have at the GeniusBar.