Need help buying a used C2D MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by davidg4781, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

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    I've been an Apple user since 2006 when I bought my MacBook CD. I love it. But I want to upgrade to Lion and need a C2D.

    While I'd love to buy a brand new one, I'd rather save my money and get an older one. With all the different models, I really don't know what to look for, or which ones to stay away from.

    I just upgraded to a 750GB HDD and I have 2GB of RAM, although I'm not sure I'll be able to swap the RAM into the new one. I would probably like to have at least 4GB. Also, a black MacBook would be nice, but not necessary.

    If this is in the wrong place, please feel free to move it.
     
  2. msjones macrumors 6502

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    It is possible to enable Lion to run on an older Core Duo MacBook, so hopefully this 'hack' will be doable with the final release of Lion.

    That aside, I am running a Mid 2009 MacBook and I love this machine. I wont be upgrading for a while yet. Personally if you where to go for an older model, I say look for something thats packing the nVidia graphics chip.
     
  3. 840quadra Moderator

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    I am huge into collecting older Apple hardware, and have versions of OS X running on non supported equipment all over my house (all Apple Hardware mind you). That being said, I would never recommend running a hacked, or patched copy of an Apple OS as your primary computer. There are all kinds of Curveballs that you will encounter.

    Unless you enjoy the process of troubleshooting those hurdles I would not recommend patching a copy of Lion to run on older hardware as a primary box.

    More on topic, I have an Early release MBP With Nvidia chipset, and graphics. I haven't had any problems with it, and it has proven to be a potent enough system even for my needs today. You can get older white Macbook Core 2 systems, however they are starting to show their age a little, unless they are well cared for examples.

    Good luck, and have fun shopping! I love pricing out old Mac hardware. :)
     
  4. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks! Almost forgot about the nVidia chipset.
     

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