Repair early 2008 MBP or buy new Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by BlaqkAudio, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. BlaqkAudio macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2008
    New York
    So my parents recently bought me a 2011 MBP to replace my aging early 2008 15" MBP. In return, I was supposed to give them the old MBP to replace one of their home computers. As luck would have it, the logic board on the old MBP went kaput, and I was told it would be $310 to repair it (I'm out of warranty at this point).

    Question is, should my parents get the MBP repaired or should I just tell them they're better off buying a new Mac Mini for a few hundred more? As far as I know, they'll only be using it at home, so portability is not really an issue.

    Some notes on the '08 MBP:
    -Base model 15" w/ 2.4 GHz C2D, 200 GB hard drive, and 4 GB RAM
    -Has the infamous NVIDIA 8600m GT, so even if the logic board is repaired, there's a possibility for further failure
    -Doesn't seem to qualify for a free repair due to GPU failure as it doesn't even turn on (everything spins up for a second or two before abruptly shutting down)
    -Superdrive doesn't work
  2. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I would go with the Mini.

    Try to complain to Apple and see if they'll repair it for free. :p

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