Thank God for Apple Refurbs and a RAM question!!!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by smadder, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. smadder macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2006
    I have been stalking the Apple Store's refurb store for the elusive October 2008 15" unibody MBP with the 2.53Ghz T9400 C2D. It finally showed up - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE - loaded with 4GB of RAM, the 512MB 9600M GT and a 320HD for only $1449 with the academic discount. These are so hard to catch. I was going to settle for the October 2008 15" 2.4 C2D for $1299 and just upgrade the RAM and HD, but I caught it!!

    I stuck a 500GB Toshiba in it (only $79 at NewEgg) and I'm as happy as can be. Catching that model is tough - it has the giant 6MB cache on the processor AND the high-end Nvidia card for way, way less than the current 2.66 that you'd have to get to get close to matching the specs. And I really wanted to have an ExpressCard slot as well. I really lucked out. You can still get the older model 2.66 with the same specs for $1699 (w/ academic discount) but this model with these specs and this price just hits the sweet spot. I have been using different 13" MBs (white poly and aluminum) for the past 4 years as my personal machines and moving to a nice big 15" widescreen is just fantastic. Plenty of speed, plenty of space, and for way, way, way less $$ than a new MBP. Granted I'm not getting the extended battery life, but for the specs on this and the price it's totally worth the compromise.

    I don't know if anyone else stalks the refurb store in similar ways, but I personally love it. There is that little thrill that comes with getting a brand new machine, but I have to say that it is surpassed by the thrill of saving a serious chunk of change and getting what was a top of the line $2600 MacBook Pro just one year ago for almost half the cost. Hell, I can still buy a AppleCare plan in a year and still have saved a ton of money.

    My one question for those of you who own this model (or similar): I have read mixed reports on whether it will take a full 8GB of RAM or just 6GB. In terms of the specs on the board itself from Nvidia's site, it can take up to 8GB (two 4GB chips). But Apple's specs say it maxes out at 6 (one 4GB + one 2GB). The cost of 4GB chips is VERY prohibitive right now, but I am curious - anyone know what the true maximum functioning capacity is?
  2. JustDom89 macrumors member


    May 7, 2008
    yeah i want a late 08 model to..

    missed that one

    i didn't know you can get a discount on much off with edu? thanks
  3. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    I think the 8GB capable MacBook Pro's were manufactured after March or April? I can't remember. If it is, then it 8GB will work fine if not then 6 GB is the max.
  4. Sneakz macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Yeah the 8GB MacBook Pros were the Early 2009 models (released in March). 2.53GHz was a Late 2008 model.
  5. neteng101 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2009
    I got the same for $1475 after rebate, incl. shipping... new, from MacMall when they were clearing them out. It has a lot of things that you can't get for the money in today's model, the full 512MB on the 9600GT, ExpressCard slot and removable battery. Only thing is the 6GB memory ceiling.

    I'd love a 2.66 early '09 even more but the cheapest I saw them getting to was around $1800+.
  6. Belm macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    Since when do we get academic discounts on refurb products?
  7. smadder thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2006
    Just sign in to the Academic Store. Choose a college or university that's your alma mater or that you've worked at and then you get bumped to the store through that particular portal. You don't get asked for ID confirmation or anything, so it's on the honor system. It knocks $100 or more off the cost of any computer new or refurb. It's quite the deal - believe me.

  8. LAS.mac macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2009
    We don't, actually. :(
  9. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Whats the model?

    Whats the model designation from the hosts' spec'd machine?

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