If you are buying online, go through one of the portals to best buy and you will get an extra 1% or so:
ETA: Looks like laptops are excluded in some. Rakuten is interesting though, 3% on everything in the weekly ad. Is your deal in here?
I highly doubt that you’re going to do better than $150 back from Disco on top of the back to school student deal. My Best Buy student actually gets $100 off until August 3rd which drops it to $1999. I got the email about it.
40% saved is 60% spent. I never buy laptop before my current one dies.
Now if you insist, 10% back (of up to 1500) is probably the best deal you can get from a credit card. You can also get some best buy gift card from cardpool for ~5% cash back. Call best buy first, I don't know how they deal with split transactions involving e gift cards.
I’m also looking at the same Best Buy deal. You might want to check out the Apple student deal. The Best Buy deal is a little better but the Apple student deal runs until the end of September.
Waiting is a good idea. As someone who switched to Macs in 2006 and never looked back I think people always overestimate how powerful a computer they need. Wait an see if you really need to upgrade. Here is link to the Apple student deal.
The prices already reflect the $100 off and you could easily sell the headphones for $150 (I know they say $300 buy no one is buying them at that price). Good luck.
I never thought about the gift card idea. Thanks everyone for the suggestions I'm going to wait until September when classes start and see how intense the programs I'll be running are. If it starts to go downhill I have until end of September to still jump on cashback deal or worst option is I forfeit the $100 student offer and use target or amazon to buy the Mac with discovers new October category
This is a good idea. I agree with the poster above that unless you are running some computationally/graphically intensive stuff your current Mac will likely be fine (especially if you can still sell it USED for $800). It also sounds like you have a rig at home that could run almost anything anyway.
Goodluck with classes and good decision to hold your money for a bit!