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  • Ryan Bouie Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Just jumping in here, macs last a very very long time just take care of your macbook and it will last. I have been a mac computer mac user for years now and my extremely old powerbook still starts up and runs, onto my 5 yr old white macbook it still starts up and runs just fine fans are loud but after 5+ years of heavy usuage I upgraded to a 13" macbook pro. This will last me long as well, I did not get the retina version, I purchased the 13 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 500GB and I installed my own 16gb of ram. Now if I really want the ssd harddrive I can purchase that later. The reason I went with this one was for the price and what I am getting with it, DVD drive-burner, ports that are not on the Retina. I just could not see spending the money on a retina and its not upgradable or purchasing all the accesories such as for example external dvd drive or ethernet port. My macbook pro is perfect I love the display its beautiful and the speed is great. I burn alot of photo dvd's

  • djanderz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have taken care of mine and it lasted 19 months. Only used it for internet and downloads.

    We have a 3 year old £500 laptop that has outlasted it and still going strong.

    Apple is losing its reputation for quality products fast.


    Applecare is a must and apple know it.

    Shame I didnt.

  • Ryan Bouie Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    wow I never have purchased Apple Care for any of my macs no problems at all....well I have time to decide for my new one.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,210 points)

    Apple Care is profitable (as are all extended warranty schemes), so who benefits?

  • Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (25,320 points)

    It's Extended Applecare. And you don't have to buy it from Apple - shop around.

  • Napoleon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So to sum up everything


    The MacBook Is a very good investment, both retina and the 15 inch with 8gb ram. It will last if I take good care of it and if I buy, or generally when buying apple products, a MacBook retina,  I should buy extended AppleCare. But I think I'll pay for parallels and windows 7. If I buy the retina, I should get everything I need, because I can't upgrade it(but I've never done that and will probably not, so it doesn't really matter). I'm aware of everything the retina's missing and got, like cd drive(which doesn't matter either). I've senn quit a lot of videos on YouTube


    But nobody answered if the retina, or the MacBook 15 with 8gb ram, is it good for gaming. I'm dont't play games like skyrim, or games that need powerful hardware, I'm aware of the specifications on both macs, but just to be sure, i ask you guys. I've seen a lot of gameplay on both macs, and the seem to run most games with high quality without lag

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 8 Level 8 (39,860 points)

    The MBPs will run games, as you can see in the Mac App Store, and well due to the high-end cpu.  The graphics quality of the Retina is certainly at the upper end of the scale so should be very good.  I would still max out the memory of whatever machine to be sure you don't have to resort to virtual memory use, i.e., swapping to the mass storage.

  • Napoleon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think i'll go for the retina, but Do i need 16 gb of ram for gaming and work. Like, if we see it in prospective, will 8 gigs of ram be enough for future gaming and work, not hardcore gaming of course

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,780 points)

    I use a virtual machine for my teleworking.  Now that's not the same as gaming, but it has never become unusable.  Issues are probably more to do with the ability to access the GPU based on the virtual machine's coding.  As you say you were interested in an up and coming game, I would wait until it is released before buying the machine to play the game.  You don't know what it will need anymore than the rest of us.  And we can't speculate on this board.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,780 points)

    You can never have too much RAM as long as it is to spec*:

  • Napoleon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So 8gb is play, but 16 would be perfect

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,780 points)

    No such thing as perfect.  Only a time machine with unlimited power would be perfect.   16 is definitely better than 8 on the same machine, as long as the quality is the same or better.

  • Napoleon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I will defiantly go for the MacBook retina, with 16gb ram, thanks for all the tips and answers.

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