Aluminum Unibody Macbook?

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  1. Des Zac macrumors regular

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    Hi, I'm looking for an Aluminum Unibody Macbook, I love the design and that they only ran one cycle of it, but does anyone know where I can buy one?

    1. They are selling on ebay for about 500-700 dollars but thats ridiculous, does anyone know where I can get one for a lower price than that? Maybe 200-300ish? Or is it normally 500-700?

    2. If not does anyone know where I can get a core 2 duo 2gb ram (Or that I can upgrade to 2gb ram) Thats around 100-200ish dollars? It doesn't matter if it's a laptop or desktop.

    Thanks for all the help,

    -Zach
     
  2. SPEEDwithJJ macrumors 65816

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    Ebay & Craigslist are your best bets. Just be very, very patient & you'll be able to find them for a good price.

    Good luck. :)
     
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    I sold mine about three months ago for 800, so yes, the 5-700 range is pretty standard at present. I don't see how you can pick one up for 300. Good luck.
     
  4. VeganHipster macrumors regular

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    It is not that outrageous, I mean, some people sell non unibody MBP's for the same price in my area :p
     
  5. rusty2192 macrumors 6502a

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    As the owner of one of these gorgeous rare machines, I don't think $500-$700 is ridiculous at all. :p Good luck to the OP. If you find one for cheap, grab it quick. You will love it.
     
  6. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Yep, you're going to be looking at $5-700 to buy an Aluminum MacBook, or at least one in working order.
     
  7. Des Zac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, what about a core 2 duo with 2gb of RAM or is upgradeable to 2GB of RAM?
     
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    Officially, the aluminum macbooks take up to 4 gigs of ram. With the proper firmware update, users have reported 8 with no stability issues. Without it, you can go up to 6.
     
  9. Des Zac thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, what i mean is what is the cheapest mac I can get with those specs, I want a mac that can run lion but I'm on a really tight budget. The cheapest I can find is a 17" iMac but does anyone know any cheaper?


    Lemme make it simple
    What are the cheapest 1. laptop, and 2. Desktop that can run lion?

    Thanks a lot,

    -Zach
     
  10. jljue macrumors regular

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    The cheapest laptop will be the old white polycarbonate MacBooks, and you might be able to get a Core2duo model in the $400-ish range. One of my coworkers managed to get one last year for about $425 on eBay.

    The cheapest Mac desktop will be the Mac mini, and the old one with Intel Graphics might be doable for around $300-400. The newer, but not unibody, with nvidia graphics will start at $400+. I just bought a 2009 model 2.0 Ghz model with nVidia 9400m for about $425 with shipping and a few extras in the box.

    Macs carry high resale values. It's truly amazing that the Toshiba Core i7 laptop (last generation) that some of my coworkers use will resale less today than my late 2008 unibody MacBook Pro 15" does today.
     
  11. iPhysicist macrumors 65816

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    A few days ago I bought one (late 2008, pristine, no signs of use, only 60 Battery cycles, 2GHz C2D, 160GB HD, 2GBRAM) for my flatmate for 510€ and and she's very happy with it. It runs Lion very smooth and multitasking with Microsoft Office, mail, Safari, Viewer is no Problem.

    If you find one for 500$ just go for it!
     
  12. Flipfrancis1203 macrumors newbie

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    Just sold one today to my sister in NYC for a "family price" of $500(i know I'm getting around $600-$700 on ebay). I've been having withdrawals from it today and i have been missing it. It's physically and internally perfect 2.4Ghz intel core 2 duo, 2GB ram and 250 GB. I'm planning to get a high end MBA 11" next month!:)

    Good Luck on your search!:apple:
     
  13. phillytim macrumors 65816

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    The 2008 Mac Unibody machines are WAY overpriced on Ebay/Craigslist for what they are: an almost 4-year old computer with way outdated technology. There is no reason why any of them should be going for anything over $500. Macs are still computers, not gold bricks!
     
  14. jljue macrumors regular

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    They may seem overprices for what they are, but the Unibody design is one of the most coveted designs in laptops around. There really isn't a better looking design, and now the PC Manufacturers are copying Apple. Some new models from Dell and HP are good examples of this.
     
  15. njsa04playa macrumors 6502

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    the technology is not that outdated, the last gen of mbp 13 had the same processor in it
     
  16. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a

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    yes it is.. just because it was in last years 13" mbp doesn't mean it's not outdated.. core2duo is ancient compared to whats out there now.
     
  17. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    C2D is not ancient. It's a cycle behind. Just because it's not the latest and greatest doesn't make it useless - it will still perform as well as it did when it came out of the box.
     
  18. rusty2192 macrumors 6502a

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    Umm...since when is October 2008 to August 2011 almost 4 years??
     
  19. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    Good point. Mine still has 9 months AppleCare on it...
     
  20. njsa04playa macrumors 6502

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    but you can only compare it to what is in the current gen of Apple products, comparing it to pcs doesnt make much sense here does it?
     
  21. phillytim macrumors 65816

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    2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 = 4.

    It's all the way any particular one looks at something.

    Technology ages quicker than dogs.

    As for the others, a generation in technology is considered 18 months. Thereby the Unibody MacBook is pretty much 3 generations behind now. That's 3 lifetimes in technology.

    And keep in mind that Apples don't rarely ever (Thunderbolt being the exception) have the latest components upon release, where's the USB3 that others have had for a year now???

    The Unibody is ancient history and should not being for anything near over $500.
     
  22. alfmil, Aug 18, 2011
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    alfmil macrumors regular

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    You may want to recheck your math.
     
  23. cheesed off macrumors newbie

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    Dumbass.
     
  24. phillytim macrumors 65816

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    Hey, not my problem you guys don't like the numbers.

    We are only 6 weeks away from October 2011, which will be the MacBook Aluminum Unibody's 4th year.

    Some of you exhibit such insecurity, that intrigues me. :cool:
     
  25. cheesed off macrumors newbie

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    I can't believe I have to explain this. October2008-October2009=1 year, October 2009-October 2010=1 year, October 2010- October 2011= 1 Year. 1+1+1=3!


    moron.
     

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