ChadAndreo wrote in post #13004356
awesome. So that means I can get a base model and save money upgrading it myself.
No, that is incorrect.
For $1500, you are not going to get a computer that will handle the editing tasks at all well. It will do it, but you will be pulling your hair out at the wait times for rendering, etc. I have a 15" MacBookPro6,2, purchased new in December of 2010. 2.8 GHz i7 processor. This machine is bare bones and the cost was north of $3000. Upgraded processor and hard drive made a big difference in the cost.
Buying a refurb means you will most likely not get the latest and greatest. If you really want to edit video on a MacBookPro, you need a solid state drive. Physical hard drives, even 7200 PRM drives, will be a major bottle neck for you.
Take your time and save your money and get a more powerful computer. You will be much happier in the long run.