Changed my mind from the new 4K iMac to stick with Late 2008 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by peerapon, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. peerapon macrumors newbie


    Oct 16, 2008
    Bangkok, Thailand

    I want to share my decision about buying the new machine.

    I have been using MacBook Pro 15" Late 2008 for a while, near 7 years.
    Firstly, it came with 2.4GHz Core2Duo, 1GB+1GB Ram, 250GB original HDD.

    In the first 3 years, its phone jack and fans got malfunction, thanks to AppleCare, I'd got a new Logic Board.
    Then on the 4th year, I upgraded Ram from 1 to 4GB made it totally 5GB.
    I never formatted hard drive for perform a clean install on any version of OS X.
    Everything work fine.

    Last year, it went slow, not enough for my work anymore, I think I should buy a new one.

    I was waiting for a new 21.5" 4K iMac, but when it arrived I got a bit of curious :

    1. spec & price
    - 4K screen is the only advantage. (a new accessories too)
    - not a latest generation of Intel CPU.
    - have to add $100 for a 'must have' 1TB Fusion Drive (that just was made low-cost)
    - 'extremely should' add more $200 for a memory upgrade, because it's unable to upgrade later.
    - no USB-C (actually, I just 50% agree with some reviewers for this point.)
    - no dedicate graphic card option for upgrade (I don't care much in this point.)

    2. again, price
    - $1499 is OK, but actually we have to pay more for a standard and longtime aspect. At least $300.
    - I live in Thailand, which a currency rate went far high. 10% price increased.

    3. old design, I smell a 'new'
    - i know this is not a "new design" year of iMac because a new MacBook steal Jony Ive's time, but may be next year.
    - according to Wikipedia, iMac introduced new design in 1998, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012.
    - So, you saw that, next year is the perfect time.
    - we may see a Retina screen on a new acrylic white bezel (as Magic Accessories gave us a clue) , or no bezel at all.
    - along with a Fusion Drive as a standard spec.

    As a long-time using plan, a new 4K iMac's spec & price combination did not moved me, so I need something new.


    I turned to question myself, how can I upgrade with this old machine, 15"MBP Late 2008 ?

    I found that I can upgrade it to 8GB of Ram and a new SSD instead of old-time HDD.

    I suddenly went for them, 1 x 4GB Memory and 240GB SSD, and paid $159.

    And this is the first time in 7 years that I perform a clean install on my own Mac.

    RESULT ?
    3 things: new memory, new SSD, clean Install. It is going very well.

    - first, I add memory to 8GB, I found some problem with starting up OS X on my old HDD, it so slow.
    - I decided to swap to new SSD and perform clean Install by USB Flashdrive.
    - that problem gone.
    - I learned that clean install in this cloud-era was very easy to do.
    - After finish install OS X, I went to Dropbox app, OneNote app, and choose some app that I really use from Mac App Store purchased list. (Your internet should speedy, though.)
    - then I plugged my old HDD with SATA-to-USB adapter and made it as an external HDD. I chose just some that I really need. (iTunes, Download, Movies, Music, Documents)

    - I gain many-times speed and more capability to finish all of my needed task.

    - now everything works! I'm writing on it.

    Additionally, I ordered ExpressCard to USB 3 to add more high speed USB for it.

    I think this spec may give me 1-2 more years before a new design iMac comes.

    Thanks for reading. feel free to give me comments. :)
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Very nice! 8GB makes SUCH a huge difference from 4GB. I notice that so much on this 2010 I'm currently using coming from my 2011.
  3. ooans macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2011
    The fact that they put the older CPU and no Thunderbolt 3 on the 21,5" iMac makes me think its possible that the redesign might arrive sooner than later. If those new babies (also the 27") had Thunderbolt 3, then I would say: be prepared to wait a long time, but now it might take only a year or so.
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    They used the available chips simple as that not all of skylake has been released yet.
  5. BrianJ844 macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2009
    Houston, Tx
    Interesting, I have been throwing around the idea of finally replacing my early 2009 uMB but maybe just upgrading it is the way to go. Thanks for the post.

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