Should I keep old MacBook alive or purchase a new iMac?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jun 6, 2007
Thanks for your help in advance:

I have an original spring 2006 white macbook whose battery is now dead. Prior the battery dying, my plan was to get another year at least out of it and then buy an iMac (kids and laptops don't mix well).

My question is: Should I buy a new $129 battery for the macbook or put that money into a new $1200 iMac? I've already invested around $150 in hard drive and memory updates for the macbook since purchasing it.

Keep in mind I need a good justification to tell my wife :)


macrumors 6502
Aug 18, 2009
well you've pointed out yourself that you've spent money on HDD and Ram and now you wanna buy a battery, the macbook will keep wanting replacements so i say get the imac
it will be faster, nicer and won't need upgrades/fixes for a long time


macrumors 6502
Aug 10, 2006
Mt Brook, AL
Buy the replacement battery and keep the MB. A new iMac would be nice, but with the upgraded RAM and HDD on the MB, you still have quite a bit of life left in it. Shop around, there are other places to buy batteries for your MB.

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