is this macbook worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by wingfaith, May 22, 2011.

  1. wingfaith, May 22, 2011
    Last edited: May 22, 2011

    wingfaith macrumors newbie

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    I'm not in a rush or anything, but i do want to get a macbook or pro soon...(first time macbook owner). i know that a refresh is coming out soon for the mb, but the specs really don't concern me that much unless there's a new design. I'm a college student that's mostly going to use my mp for writing essays, watching youtubes, and maybe stream movies to tv, heck i don't even play games or watch high definition movies.

    I found this on ebay this morning
    "Used MacBook 13.3 Notebook/Laptop Computer OSX 10.6"
    Starting bid: US $325.00 Final price US $425.00

    Spec:

    Model # A1181 Early 2008

    Serial # W8825YVC0P1

    OS: OSX 10.6

    Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4GHz

    2GB Ram---160GB Hard Drive

    Software: iLife '09 and iWorks '09 (Software discs not included)

    Drive: DVDRW

    2 USB Ports

    1 Firewire port @ 400 MB/ sec

    Video Chipset: GMA X3100 Video Resolution: 1280 X 800 VRAM: 144MB

    AirPort Extreme, BlueTooth, Built in Camera

    Battery Does NOT hold a charge!!!

    The specs on this mp is compatible with apple's current mb specs and it's more than what i need. The only problem is that the battery is not working.

    So i did some research and it turns out that the battery only cost $64.95

    http://www.usbphoneworld.com/apple-ma561g-a.html?CAWELAID=582796119

    I figured that people wouldn't want a dead battery laptop anyway and maybe i can win the bid with <350.00 and buy the battery for $65 which will get a mb for under 450 maybe.

    so.. do you think that this would be a good deal?
     
  2. mgartner0622, May 22, 2011
    Last edited: May 22, 2011

    mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    First of all, I don't think you should post it here as more people can see it now and may bid on it... just remove the link.
    *EDIT*
    This is a Intel GMA X3100 Graphics card model. It is great for everyday use, however if you plan on doing any gaming or work on it that intensively uses the graphics card, I'd look for a newer model.
    I apologize for mistaking it as the 9400m.
     
  3. wingfaith thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you for the reply, i might seriously consider it. It's more than what i need and it seems like a cheap alternative for a broke college student such as myself.
     
  4. stridemat Moderator

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    When I was at college the battery life was important to me. Factor in the cost of a new battery when you make you bid.

    I always found there was never enough power outlets in the library.
     
  5. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    ;)

    It doesn't have the 9400M.
     
  6. mgartner0622, May 22, 2011
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    mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    Woops, you're right, I was reading the other information sheet with the 9400m unit, but then posted the link to the correct one. I am sorry for any confusion I may have caused.
     
  7. wingfaith thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oh, the graphic card doesn't worry me. Thanks.
    But can i run windows on this? Probably will need it for some programs.
     
  8. msjones macrumors 6502

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    You will be able to run windows fine on this using bootcamp. However if the apps you want to run are hugely resource heavy you can run windows in a virtual machine. This is a preferred way for many mac users.
     

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