Barebones MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by FSB-SPY, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. FSB-SPY macrumors newbie

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    I love Apple, but I do not love overpaying for the ridiculously-priced RAM/HDD upgrades they offer to their MacBook configurations. Are there any sites out there that gut MacBooks and just sell you the very bare essentials to save money? I do not even want Leopard or any other pre-installed software if that saves additional money.

    Just a shot in the dark; I've been a PC user for a very long time but I always preferred Apple's aesthetic quality that they brought to their products.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Besides something FOSS, what would you run on it?

    Who pays for Apple upgrades? :confused:
     
  3. FSB-SPY thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'd put Windows XP on it -- something I already own and do not have to pay for.

    I guess I just wanted to see if somehow I could attain a Macbook without paying for the 1GB RAM and minus the 160GB HDD which come bundled in the default "low-end" config off of Apple's website.

    I'd then simply go to macsales.com and get the 4GB upgrade and use a bigger/faster HDD as well.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'm sure you can find a MacBook with out an operating system but you more then likely wouldn't be able to get it through Apple or a reseller.
     
  5. ruku macrumors member

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    reinvigorating this thread, i would also love a barebook. id put a decent screen (never thought id be one to want to change out a glossy for a matte but i do) id select a video chip that doesnt have fans screaming at it when i do something as simple as watching a youtube video (shame shame and how much better would this make a macbook) and id put in 4 gig of ram and at least a 320 gig hdd. i may even update the cpu throughout the barebooks useful lifespan.
     
  6. monkey86 macrumors 6502

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    you couldnt change the video chip without killing the logic board.
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    We have a thing about bringing back old threads... we don't like it. And no, you can't give it a different GPU.
     
  8. CWallace macrumors 603

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    Well at that point, just buy a dead MacBook and gut it and then custom-build a new systemboard for it and add in all the parts you want.

    This is Apple, not ASUS. It's about providing a complete end-to-end solution, not an empty shell you can mix and match every part.
     

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