Replace Mother Board or Buy New MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by festus, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. festus macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2013
    The logic board on my 2006 17" MBP has been replaced twice in it's seven year history, and has now died for the third time. I could have it replaced with a used board (new ones are no longer available) for $550 including labor. My optical drive is also dead but could be replaced for another $150.

    I prefer a 17" screen and the convenience and portability of a laptop that has an optical drive built in. I primarily work with PDF and Word docs but also use my laptop for Netflix, Pandora, etc. The closest thing Apple now offers is the 15" non-retina MBP, and after I "upgrade" to a non-glare screen we're talking around 2k. I'm also wondering if I should hold out another few weeks to see what comes of the June 10 WWDC event.

    If you were in similar circumstances how would you proceed?
  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    You can get the same machine working for less on Ebay, I would not even thinking about repairing it, for $50 more you have a Base 2012 mac Mini!

    You could get a refurb 17" from Apple if you like the 17 incher.
  3. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    I don't think that machine owes you anything and I wouldn't sink any more money into it. I would put your money towards a nice new machine, you'll be thanking yourself in the long run. Also, unless you are in a huge rush, I would wait for WWDC just to see if any updates are announced since it is not that far away.
  4. festus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2013
    Thanks for the excellent advice.:) I'm borrowing a friend's pc for the time being and waiting to see how the WWDC thing pans out.
  5. SMDBill macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2013
    It's already 7 years old and could likely have another component fail soon after this repair. At some point you have to look at its value versus cost to repair AND its life expectancy after that repair without another major investment (relative to its value).
  6. festus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2013
    You're absolutely right. Ordered me a new MacBook Pro non-retina (so I can still have the optical drive and non-glare screen) and am very happy with the decision. Thanks for your input.

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