Is upgrading my 2nd gen macbook pro really worth it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Alovesey, May 24, 2009.

  1. Alovesey macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I have a 2nd gen 15" (2.16 core2duo) MacBook pro and was thinking about upgrading to the new unibody mbp.

    Will I see much difference in performance compared to my current mbp?
    I use the machine mainly for designing, CS4 usage etc and also some logic pro work.

    Anyone think it's a good time to upgrade my laptop?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Core 2 hasn't changed much in the past 3 years in terms of performance unless you add more cores.

    Is time more money? I'd get a newer laptop. Otherwise you have a fine machine.
     
  3. Alovesey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I've got 2gb of Ram in the machine, but I think it only takes 3gb to max it. Do you think the screen would be better for PS work on the newer models?
     
  4. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...max out the RAM and wait, there's not enough of a change for you to spend that extra $$ just yet...maybe a larger/faster internal HDD also...
     
  5. nutritious macrumors 6502

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    Nope...not worth it. Throw in a SSD in it if you can, and it'll feel like you just bought a new computer...
     
  6. JCastro macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't advise changing either. If it is so slow that it is slowing down your productivity then make a change. You shouldn't be feeling that with what you have though. Max the RAM and put in a 7200rpm HHD and it will feel a lot quicker. SSD's are still too expensive for what you would gain.
     
  7. nutritious macrumors 6502

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    I bought an SSD for my main PC and thought it was worth every penny. This is coming from someone who had a velociraptor...
     
  8. Alovesey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I was thinking of installing a 7,200 drive, it'll give me a lot more disk space too. Have just been googling the prices of the SSDs and although they look very tempting they are just too expensive. Getting a decent sized one is almost half the price of a new MBP.

    Has anyone here swapped out their drives? Is it a particularly daunting refit?
     
  9. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It is not trivial. But as long as you follow the instructions and keep track of the screws, those with a little technical aptitude should not find it too hard.
     
  10. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    If you can wait till q1 2010 the new core architecture will be out which will offer a substantial performance increase over core2duo. In the meantime, buy some more ram, it's cheap.
     
  11. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Put 4 gigs and a seagate 7200 rpm in my 2.33, and it feels like a new machine.

    Yes, I know I can't use all of the ram, but ddr 2 is so cheap right now, it doesn't make sense to not do it.
     
  12. JCastro macrumors 6502a

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    I was not saying that he would not see a difference. I just don't think that for the average user the advantages outweigh the cost difference. A 7200 RPM HDD will give enough of a boost at minimal cost. I am glad it was worth it for you though.

    A friend of mine has two SSD's in his PC Laptop and loves it. We travel a lot and he wanted the SSD's because his HDD's were getting banged around a lot while in transit. I would love to have an SSD but I would need about 500GB and that would cost a fortune right now. A year from now maybe it will more affordable.
     
  13. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    Side by side, I do notice a difference in screen quality between the LED backlight MBPs and the older non-LED displays. That being said, I only notice the difference when they are placed side by side.

    I would max RAM and maybe get an SSD depending on your capacity requirements.
     

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