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verseafterverse

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Mar 17, 2013
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What is the current status of macbooks (the white ones ofc), I want to pick one up for a year or 2 of college to get acquainted with osx are any of them getting to the point of being phased out it, it wouldn't be for any gaming or anything graphically intense thats what my gaming pc is for I would watch some netflix and use some garage band. I just want one that I can install the newest os when it comes out.
 

TacticalDesire

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Mar 19, 2012
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Try to find one with the 9400m or 320m graphics as those will be the most future proof with new versions of OSX and doing anything at all with watching videos. The older models with the GMA 950 or X3100 have next to no graphics power at all, even for non graphically intense tasks.
 

AppleFanatic10

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Nov 2, 2010
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What is the current status of macbooks (the white ones ofc), I want to pick one up for a year or 2 of college to get acquainted with osx are any of them getting to the point of being phased out it, it wouldn't be for any gaming or anything graphically intense thats what my gaming pc is for I would watch some netflix and use some garage band. I just want one that I can install the newest os when it comes out.

Not sure if you know or not but Apple has discontinued the white MB since 2012 I believe. You can always get one used...
 

comda

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Mar 15, 2011
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These machines are still great! I currently have been using The macbook 3,1 as my main laptop for the past 7 years since its purchase new from 2007.

As to the advice TacticalDesire has given. I agree and disagree. Yes get a newer one as technology does outdate and becomes less useful. however he is wrong with the fact the graphics cards have no power the X3100 or 950.. My macbook is the 3,1 so intel X3100 Graphics. I have 4gb ram, 750GB hard drive the 2.2 ghz core 2 duo and my mac rocks it! I mainly use it for school such as word etc. However for the last 2 years ive been using final cut pro 6 on it aswell as imovie and some minor games like GTA VC or san andreas... No It isnt the best graphics card. However it still works great! With the new ML post factor i will soon be installing mountain lion on the computer system. In my opinion id buy a macbook if its a reasonable price for reasonable model. So if it has 4gb ram and maybe a 160gb drive running snow leopard or lion then id pay 250-350 ish. Thats my opinion.
Mines running SNow leopard and win 7 Pro without any issues. Im last year high school and plan to take it through University. a later model would be more worth your price though Good luck
 

verseafterverse

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Mar 17, 2013
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Well I have my macbook pro retina I just don't want to take it out of the house to uni/college I spent 13-1400 on it and don't want it to get stolen or have coffee spilled on it so I figured for 3-350 I could get a older macbook and still have a mac as I have a pc at home for my gaming/editing needs.(im also a cheep bastard)
 

Altemose

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Mar 26, 2013
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Well I have my macbook pro retina I just don't want to take it out of the house to uni/college I spent 13-1400 on it and don't want it to get stolen or have coffee spilled on it so I figured for 3-350 I could get a older macbook and still have a mac as I have a pc at home for my gaming/editing needs.(im also a cheep bastard)

Get a 2010 if you can afford it. They can do 16 GB of RAM and paired with an SSD will easily last you years into the future.
 

unclegrumpyinc

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Jun 16, 2014
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I got a macbook around 10 years ago and it still works great! the only thing is i can't update the os anymore since leopard i believe.

but if they are still built the same they are great computers!
 

Altemose

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Mar 26, 2013
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I got a macbook around 10 years ago and it still works great! the only thing is i can't update the os anymore since leopard i believe.

but if they are still built the same they are great computers!

10 years ago was 2004 and all Intels could update at least to Snow Leopard. I am thinking you have an iBook G4 or PowerBook. Look below the screen and it will say.
 

unclegrumpyinc

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Jun 16, 2014
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10 years ago was 2004 and all Intels could update at least to Snow Leopard. I am thinking you have an iBook G4 or PowerBook. Look below the screen and it will say.

It was the first generation of the silver metal macbook.
and I think ur right snow lepoard was the last os.
 

matthewscott661

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Jun 27, 2009
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I'm using a late '06 black MacBook for my personal computer (we use windows 7 at work, much to my chagrin) and other than having to lower the quality on youtube and netflix to below 1080, it does amazingly well. As long as you max out memory and possibly get an SSD, an '09-'10 MacBook should last you quite a long while, especially if only used as a secondary computer like mine
 

Aperturexs

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Apr 30, 2014
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I have my Mid-2007 Black MacBook with 4GB of RAM, and a 200GB HD. It purrs on lion, however it has little to no graphics at all. Whenever I load up Minecraft or subsequent games, the fans go full blast, with about 60 FPS if you are lucky on low settings. However for a college student like yourself (I am still in high school) you should be able to get along just fine with about any mac made after 2009 with a Nvidia graphics card (e.g.. the 9400m or 320m), and go for a unibody MacBook, because those get much higher battery life. I hope you find exactly what you are looking for and that I helped! Have fun shopping. REMEMBER: NO INTEL GRAPHICS. NONE. UNACCEPTABLE.
 
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