Old MBP 2.4 or MBP 2.5

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by afan, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. afan macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2007
    Im looking at getting one of the last gen MBP and I dont know which to get. I dont play games but I do alot of graphics and website and sometimes video.

    So which do you think would be better?
    the 2.4 and buy more memory
    or the 2.5

    The main thing Im wondering is how much more of a difference I would see with the 2.5 (with double the cache and vram), or should i just save the money and get the 2.4 and upgrade the memory?


    The price difference is $200
  2. soberbrain macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2008
    If the new designs don't matter as much to you, how about a last gen refurb MBP?

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    15.4-inch widescreen display
    2GB memory
    200GB hard drive; 7200 rpm
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
    Built-in iSight Camera

    • Save 36% off the original price

    Original price: $2,799.00
    Your price: $1,799.00
  3. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    My thoughts exactly; why not go the refurb route? You will have a great machine, tried and tested, one which comes with Apple's guarantee and a generous discount.
  4. sfwalter macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Dallas Texas
    Check Amazon they have both of the 15" models of the previous gen (Early 2008) in stock with rebates. I think they are like $1440 and $1779 and they aren't refurbs.
  5. afan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2007
  6. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    well yopu have three options:

    2.4 GHz 256MB vRAM $1350
    2.5 GHz 512MB vRAM $1499
    2.6 GHz 512MB vRAM $1799 with 4GB Ram

    i bought the middle one. I think either one is fine but i want to make sure i have the 512MB vRAM. there maybe a time when you need it.
    4GB of RAM at OWC is about $75.

    BTW: I love it.
  7. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    They have the nVidia 8600. I wouldn't be prepared to risk it...
  8. digitalfrog macrumors regular


    Nov 26, 2007
    geee... not only Apple would fix any issues for free, but there are millions out there that never displayed any issues.

    If you would get rid of everything around you that may go wrong you'd be living in a hut in a deserted island.

    Scrap that, the hut may crush you.
    Scrap the island too, tsunamis could wipe it out.

    There is no hope my friend ;-)

  9. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    I'd understand your response if it was FUD, but it ain't. Apple admitted that Nvidia lied to them and extended the warranty on the logicboard last week. I'd rather pony up for a new MBP than take that risk, good as the older machines are.

    Say you were looking for a new car, would you take one of last years models with a known engine fault? I certainly wouldn't.

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