Replacing a 15" Early 2008 MBP with 17" MBP: Wait or Buy now?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ammusk, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. ammusk macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2009
    Hello everyone @ MacRumors,

    I'm new here but an avid reader of the site and everything Mac.

    I have a 15" MBP Early 2008 Model whose specs are:

    # 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
    # 4GB 667Mhz DDR2 SDRAM - 2X2GB (Upgraded from stock 2GB)
    # 200GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
    # NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB
    # Matte Display
    & no unibody.

    The specs of the new 17" MBP which I have been thinking about are:

    # 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    # 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2X2GB
    # 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
    # NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 512MB
    # Hi-Resolution Antiglare Widescreen Display
    & of course the unibody.

    After a student discount of $200, the 17" MBP costs me about $2389 without Tax.

    After the today's product releases, is it safe to go ahead and buy the 17"?
    Or should I wait for processor updates, which are rumored to be at the beginning of 2010?

    Strictly speaking, I don't need the 17". But it'll definitely be an upgrade.
  2. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    THe main upgrade is the screen. If it's worth it for you, then do it. I don't think we will be seeing updates for at least a few months tbh.
  3. neilp4453 macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2007
    I'd stick with your current MBP until the next one comes out.

    I'd say 3 months is your wait time.
  4. X-JRO macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Australia, Victoria, Melbourne East
    My brother's in the same jam... but he needs it for school.

    Anyone selling an old MBP? >_>
  5. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    If you truly need a new system now, get it now. If you don't, wait until you do. Does your 'old' system do what you need it to do? If yes, then you don't need a new one. Nevermind, I see that you've already answered this question.

    If your current rig is out of applecare, consider putting in a 500 gig 7200 rpm hard drive or an ssd to regain some of that 'new car smell'.

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