Quad 2.5 G5 =)

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Mar 29, 2009
So..it's time for my dearly beloved 17" MacBook Pro to finally go. It's a great machine, but it's beginning to show its age, and even if the good old 8600M GT graphics are still working just fine with no replacement after 4 years of flawless service...I'm looking for a new 17" MacBook Pro.

1. How much is a reasonable price to pay for this model (2.4 Santa Rosa C2D, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB, 7200RPM hard drive)? How much could I realistically sell it for?

2. What should I be looking for to replace it? I can't afford much more than 1400..(meaning I'm sticking with eBay) Should I get a 2.66-3.06Ghz 17" C2D, or go for a Core i5/i7 model, if I happen to find one cheap enough? My requisites are that it at least has to be a unibody 17", and that's about it.


Jan 15, 2003
I'd say selling yours should get you something like $600-700 or so - depends on if you have the box, discs, condition, etc.

I'd also suggest you hold out for an i5/i7 model - they are substantially faster than the Core 2 Duo models, and you're bound to see one in your price range before too long.

Good luck!


macrumors 68020
Jul 25, 2008
Central US
Definitely go for an i5 or i7 as there aren't many Core 2 Duo chips that are going to feel much faster than the one you've already got. Now since yours is a 17" you might be able to get more than $700 for it if the thing is still in great shape and you have some of the original materials that came with it. Maybe more in the $900 range. Also, how do you like the X1900 in your G5?

Vantage Point

macrumors 65816
Mar 1, 2010
New Jersey
iX CPU's are significantly better than the C2D CPU's, even the first generation, 2010 versions. For example, mine is a i5 2.4Ghz from 2010 and it performs significantly faster than a 2009 3.06 Ghz C2D that it replaced. Of course the 2011's even better.

Since you keep your computers a long time it is a much better idea to stay away from C2D's. At the moment Apple has a 17" refurb for $1,719 with plenty of power - your $1,400 plus the $600 you might get for your old one might do the trick. - later one you can add RAM and a faster 7200 rpm hard drive (prices are currently inflated on hard drives due to factory flooding) and have a nie performance upgrade. Of course upgrading RAM to 8Gb will only cost about $40 these days.

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