Refurbished on ebay. I looked and looked and watched for a week or two. It was definitely the best deal at the time. You can filter by RAM, processor speed, etc.
The only thing I traded was HDD space (it’s not an SSD) with the knowledge that I could (and did) buy an external HDD. I’m thinking about finally buying an SSD cause I hear they’re getting cheap, and having super fast loading of all my software and plug-ins sounds real rad… But it doesn’t bother me much right now.
I also wanna point out I settled on a ThinkPad because every consumer grade laptop that was equivalent in specs cost another $200 or $300. Asus, HP, Dell, (Apple wasn’t even a question) whatever. Lenovo is the most bang for the buck it’s a no-brainer.
Not sure what kinda processor that is–they all have weird names. Q, M, whatever… Some are better. But i7 2.9 GHz and 500GB SSD is pretty ballin