Hey guys. Need some help purchasing a MacBook Pro.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by htownrockets, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. htownrockets macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Well recently, I just purchased a MacBook Pro on eBay but it haven't been delivered yet.

    These are the specs:
    Equipped with New Battery and New Charger.
    120GB HDD
    2 GB of RAM
    New Airport Extreme Card
    Core Duo
    New Logic Board

    Barely Used and has Apple Care until Aug/09.

    Is $1200 a good price?

    I mean like, I'm going to be using it for photography stuff such as CS3, LR, etc. Is Core Duo and 2Ghz going to be fast enough, or does it really matter? Can I upgrade the RAM to 4GB? And the HDD can I upgrade to 250GB?

    Cause I was thinking if it wasn't fast enough, I just might sell it..but just looking for opinions..
  2. darkpaw macrumors 6502


    Sep 13, 2007
    London, England
    Maximum RAM on that model (15" 2.0GHz) is 2GB RAM, as explained here.

    Lots more info available on this page.

    Estimated current price is between $1200 and $1350, so $1200 seems fine. I would've checked Apple's refurb store first though, as you can usually grab a good bargain on there.
  3. bertpalmer macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2007
    It's fine for what you need.

    See how things run and if you REALLY don' think things are fast enough then buy some non-apple RAM and you ought to see a speed increase.
  4. amusiccale macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    Yeah, that looks fine. Unless you're doing some pretty intensive things, you shouldn't need more than the 2gb of ram at this point.

    Oh, and for the hard drive upgrade--your ability to upgrade it depends on how handy you are if you do it yourself. iFixit has pictures, but I (for instance) am not yet brave enough to be rummaging around to replace it
  5. htownrockets thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Is there a big diff. between Core Duo and Core 2 Duo?
  6. amusiccale macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    It really depends on your needs. In real world performance, a few seconds here and there (I've only used the Core 2s, however). There are some power usage differences that would extend a core 2 duo's battery life as well. Oh and 64-bit support in the Core 2s. Wikipedia or one of the guides here can probably get into the objective details of the differences between them.

    On the other hand, both have quite good performance and in daily use both ought to be quite speedy. If you don't need the latest and greatest, I think you'll be happy with either. Most g4s are still relatively serviceable, and for vanilla internet browsing, g3s and pentium IIs still do their job with some dignity.
  7. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    I use a Core Duo Dell Latitude D620 at work and it isn't that much different in performance than some of the newer Core 2 Duo D630s around the office. You will be fine. Let the buyer's remorse go ;)
  8. htownrockets thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2008
    I know man, I just don't know if its good enough.

    It's like I want the newer stuff, but I WANT to be happy with this laptop.

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