Is it worth a swap?

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  1. elf69 macrumors 65816

    elf69

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    I have a macbook 2009 13" unibody.

    Now I have been offered:
    http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...k-pro-core-2-duo-2.4-17-santa-rosa-specs.html

    with 4GB ram and 500GB HDD.

    Bigger screen but slower and less (max, as I would max it out anyway) ram

    Should I stick with my unibody?

    I'd like the bigger screen, the standard DVI output is nice as well.

    honest opinion please.

    I use my machine for work but in one place so I dont move around with it, just as at my work station.
    Specs all but same as my macbook bar DDR2 ram not DDR3.

    Will move my ssd over if I bought it.
    will I notice the drop in speed of ram in everyday use?
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Speed wise you probably won't notice a huge difference, although I believe the 2009 is potentially faster if you've got the upgraded model.

    I would, however, avoid the 2007/2008 models with Nvidia 8600M GT GPUs.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203254
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP wrote:
    "Should I stick with my unibody?"

    Short, concise answer: YES.

    Stick with what you have now, upgrade to SSD (and perhaps add RAM).

    If you want more screen space, add a low cost IPS display, 25"-27".

    I would not go "back in year of manufacture" for any reason.

    My opinion only.
     
  4. elf69 thread starter macrumors 65816

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  5. MacInTO macrumors 6502a

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    Canada, eh!
  6. duervo macrumors 68000

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    If you don't move around, then I fail to see the reason to get the one with the bigger display if it's slower. Why not just get a big monitor (non-4K ... something like a 24-27" 1080p display) and plug it into your existing system if you don't move it around?
     
  7. elf69 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I carry machine to and from work so external screen not easy carry back and forth every day.

    the ram ddr2 not ddr3 but same CPU so is it really that much slower?
     
  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The CPU may be the same clock speed but it isn't the same.

    Also, is avoid the 2007/2008 models simply due to the GPU related issues.
     
  9. elf69 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    good to know about the GFX issue.

    did not know the 8400GT had issues.

    my macbook has the 9400 card are these known to have issue?
     
  10. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The 9400 is just slow. Otherwise it's pretty reliable.
     
  11. elf69 thread starter macrumors 65816

    elf69

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    Not going to swap but bought it anyway.

    Talking with seller who refurbs laptops turns out it comes with CS3 suite with license.
    This goes for £150 on ebay but I do use dreamweaver and photoshop so it is worth it to me.

    Plus a friend is looking to replace an old XP tower with a large apple so the 17" macbook is same as the 17" monitor he already has.

    The macbook will run el cap so he will be up to date.
    It has 500GB HDD and 4GB or ram.

    So If sell to my friend for what I paid then we all win.
    I'm told it needs battery but my friend does not move around so not important.

    My friend is (except for iphone) an apple virgin.
    I will be helping him but i'm new myself, but know more than him.
     

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