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Old Jun 26, 2013, 11:50 AM   #1
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Best Bang For Buck - Non-Unibody MacBook Pro

I'm considering buying a MacBook Pro off eBay. But, I wanted some opinions on which to go for.

One of them is a MacBookPro1,1. It has a 2 GHz Core Duo, 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD, the 128MB X1600 graphics and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

Another one is a MacbookPro2,2. It has a 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 120GB HDD, 256MB X1600 graphics and 802.11n Wi-Fi. It ALSO has a brand new Apple OEM battery that was bought May 30 with only 10 cycles on it, AND all the original packaging and accessories.

The last one is a MacBookPro4,1. It has a 2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, and a 250GB HDD, and (according to Google) a GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB RAM and 802.11n Wi-Fi.


My gut says to go with the 4,1 because it's the newest. But it also has the GeForce 8600M and I remember all the threads about them breaking, and Apple ended the recall program in December. So, I feel it's a gamble.

I'm not going to do much on it, I have an iMac and a Windows box. I just need a system for travelling and checking email, Internet browsing, Spotify, and MAYBE (if it can handle it) the super-rare-occasional 15 minute game of Team Fortress 2 via Steam for OS X.



Which one should I go for? The faster, newer system and take a gamble on battery health and the GPU dying, or the 2,2 which is a bit older and slower, but has a brand new OEM battery and all original packaging?
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Old Jun 26, 2013, 03:02 PM   #2
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I personally wouldn't buy any of these. They run extremely hot. The newer notebooks are much more energy efficient and run cooler. How much are you looking to spend?
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Old Jun 26, 2013, 05:01 PM   #3
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I personally wouldn't buy any of these. They run extremely hot. The newer notebooks are much more energy efficient and run cooler. How much are you looking to spend?
How hot are we talking? I'd be surprised if music playback and reading MR makes it *THAT* hot.


$450 max...
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How hot are we talking? I'd be surprised if music playback and reading MR makes it *THAT* hot.


$450 max...
Are you stuck on a 15" pro model? I think the first unibody macbook pro 13" models can be had for this price range. If you get a 2010 model, you have the ability to pass-through audio through the mini-displayport.
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