2007 Macbook Pro A1226 advice

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  1. Hulinator8102 macrumors newbie

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    I saw this little Macbook on eBay and bought it for $510 is this a good deal? Is the 2007 A1226 a good Macbook or did I mess up buying it? I really wanted to get into the world of Macbooks I really hope I made a good purchase here

    Also if I update these dudes to the latest software can they run Final Cut Pro X smoothly?

    And how hard it is to find a AC Adapter for one of these MBPs this one doesn't come with one.
     
  2. theuserjohnny macrumors 6502

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    Prior to my rMBP I was doing video editing (color correcting and such) on Adobe Premiere Pro w/ my 2006 Macbook and it was really tough at times to run it. Also the encoding and rendering took way to long. So while I think it can run it I'm just not sure it'll run buttery smooth. It was a lot of work on my CPU.
     
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  4. Hulinator8102 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can I run Final Cut Pro X on it? the latest one if I do max out my RAM and buy a SSD?
     
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    I wouldn't buy SSD for a 2007 MBP. There's no point in having super fast storage with an outdated CPU like that. As for the price, I think it's way too high. You can get PC laptops with modern specs (dual-core i5, hd 4000, 8GB ram) for that price.

    Also you won't be able to get the very latest software. Mountain Lion needs a late-2008 MBP or older. Basically all unibody models.

    I would have gone with the first generation of unibody MBP like this one for $599: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-MacBo...76405251?pt=Apple_Laptops&hash=item19d6b58f03 and update the RAM to 8GB for like $35.
     
  6. chrisperro macrumors 6502

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    you wrong ,late 2007 macbook pros and up are able to run mountain lion
    very handy app here
    http://mactracker.ca
     
  7. Hulinator8102 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What about a 1TB external hard drive would that help me beef up my machine any? I really need a way to conserve CPU usage yet do big Final Cut Projects and upload game capture stuff to YouTube that's really all I plan to use the a1226 for is game capture and video editing and maybe the occasional PCA game:) lol
     
  8. Badrottie Suspended

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    Yes you can do that. 510.00 seems too much. I got this from ebay for less than 350..It comes everything and 4GB!! I upgraded to Intel 330 SSD. It is perfect. :apple:
     
  9. Hulinator8102 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Another question/concern I have is this:

    My camcorder I have is a HDR-CX160 it shoots it full HD 1080p I'm going to be bringing 720p video from my game capture device as well into Final Cut Pro X on my 07 MacBook Pro, I want to send it to YouTube once I get done working on it in HD 720 or 1080p, is all this possible?
     
  10. pfatagaga macrumors newbie

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    Upgrade to Mavericks!

    Have the same model (A1226) that sucked phenomenally on Mountain Lion. I even thought of downgrading to Tiger or Leopard. After doing a bit of research I installed Mavericks and boy it runs like a dream with 4GB RAM. You should do it too if you haven't yet.
     
  11. BigBeast macrumors 6502a

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    I have that model; I gave it to my wife a while back-- still works, but I've had two logic board replacements, and two display replacements. This is usually out of the ordinary for Macs, but that model had a faulty GPU that was recalled. The GPU would overheat, frying the logic board. At $510, it's way too overpriced. In my opinion, since it's nearing 7 years old, it will soon be regarded by Apple as "vintage" and they will no longer officially support it. Therefore, search for a newer MBP and forget about this one.
     
  12. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    You grossly overpaid for a computer with a know-to-be-faulty graphics card that is likely to die on you at any moment leaving you with an expensive paper weight. That thing is nearly 7 years old.

    AC adapters are very easy to find, just buy a 85W magsafe from the apple store.

    Final cut pro will work, but don't expect lightning fast performance. You'll be seeing a ton of beachballs are general sluggishness trying to edit HD video on such old hardware.

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    How would an external hard drive help speed? You need to read up on computer a bit as I don't think you quite understand how they work.

    More storage does not mean more performance.
     
  13. scupking macrumors 6502a

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    Way to much money and as others have said those tend to be faulty computers.
     

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