should I buy a used MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by fms714, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. fms714 macrumors newbie

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    All I know about it is I may be able to buy a 3-5 year old MBP with a 120GB HD, I think 2.16GHz processor, and 2GB of ram for $350. I'll be able to look at it and see if it works before I buy it and think its a good price. I was just wondering if theres any reason not to buy it if it looks like it's in good condition.
     
  2. d88co88 macrumors 6502

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    Check the graphics card - is it the 8600m GT? If so, don't buy it. That graphics card is prone to fail.
     
  3. fms714 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks that was one of the main things concerning me because I heard something about it but not in much detail.
     
  4. wywern209 macrumors 65832

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    do you rly want to know?
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    i don't think this one has that gpu. this model shipped with a ATI x1600 graphics card which by todays standards is weak for gaming but i don't think you were looking to game on a 4 year old laptop.:) so you cna relax OP. your MBP's GPU will not spontaneously combust or something.
     
  5. fms714 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    4 years old is better than my 5 year old first gen macbook:D. Ill just check to make sure when I'm looking it over.
     
  6. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    honestly i would not , i did need a new laptop :( because my ibook went dead (totally) so i looked on a replacement ibook,powerbook G4 as i am still a ppc fan and dont see intel Mac's as real Mac's , but all i could find had been dead or half dead batteries, dentend scratched or only half working ones or well overpriced so i looked at MB's MBP's and looked at the fail rates in all sort of forums , and found they are even worth then ppc laptops despite beeing just 2-3 years old , so i bought a MSI wind hackintosh snow leo , cheaper , brandnew and with warranty and it does the job, with external display and keyboard and mouse it could even replace a powermac G3
     

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