Sell CTO 2.4GHz for 2.5GHZ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by camhabib, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. camhabib macrumors regular

    May 29, 2008
    I recently (today) received a CTO 2.4GHz MBP (upgrade was the 200GB 7200RPM drive) as a replacement for a previous laptop. Would it be worth my time and money to upgrade to a 2.5Ghz CTO model (selecting the 7200RPM drive)? I do a fair amount of CPU intensive work, but have a 2x2.8 Mac Pro with 16GB of ram to handle it, however would still like a capable portable so I don't feel like its from the stone age when compared to my desktop.

    I checked eBay and the like, and saw a ~$1800-1900 selling price for sealed box CTO 2.4GHz, making it about $300 (w/ student discount) for a jump up (assuming I can sell this one for $1800). Does the 2.5GHz model offer enough performance increase, not just in core speed, but with the L2 cache and the increased graphics ram to warrant the extra few hundred (not really a huge issue) and the week or two it takes to sell something on eBay?
  2. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    Did you factor in the cost of eBay fees? If not, it'll be even more expensive to upgrade. I seriously doubt the upgrade will affect your work flow and it seems like a complete waste of time and money.
  3. camhabib thread starter macrumors regular

    May 29, 2008
    Sell for - $1900
    Less eBay / PayPal fees - $1800

    2.5GHz CTO - $2550
    Less discount - $2200

    Difference - $400

    So basically, is $400 worth 3MB of L2 cache, 256MB of video ram, and 0.1GHz speed increase?
  4. Collin973 macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2006
    Don't forget you can only use your edu discount on one laptop per year.
  5. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Not true Ive used it 4 times in 2-3 months. And reused it 7 times per exchange. Seems like they dont care at 2 different apple stores as well. And all laptops.
  6. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    New York City
    You are seriously underestimating eBay fees. If you somehow got $1900, you'd net like $1650 after FVF and PayPal fees. Thats assuming you don't get scammed, which 99% of laptop buyers on ebay try.
    Remember, shipping the computer will be $40+
    Final value fee for an item over $1000 is:
    8.75% of the initial $25.00 ($2.19), plus 3.50% of the initial $25.01 - $1,000.00 ($34.12), plus 1.50% of the remaining closing value balance ($1000.01 - closing value). PayPal fee is 3%, you have to withdraw it from PayPal in $500 increments even if verified...

    Difference is going to be $500+ and its fairly well documented that 2.4 to 2.5 is roughly nothing. If you have the money, sure, go for it. If you're looking for a cost effective way to get a speed boost, then this is not it. You'd be paying like $200 per percentage point of performance increase :rolleyes:
  7. bplein macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2007
    Austin, TX USA
    Depending on where you live, the sales tax can be a big factor as well.

    Is a few hundred dollars really worth it for the 4% speed difference that you might be able to measure buy you probably will never notice?

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