Upgrade 2.4 core2duo or get a 2011 i7 MBP

JR13

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Jul 16, 2011
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Hi guys, I have a 2008 MBP unibody (the 1st release) with a 2.4 core2duo and 2 gb of ram. I work as a graphic designer and now getting more into video.

I was thinking of getting a Samsung 256SDD + 8GB of ram for my Core2 which would roughly cost me around 600 bucks.

Or should I save the money and blow it on an i7 machine? Sadly I would have to spend close $3000 just to get the specs I wanted for a new MBP.

Please advice. :) Thank you!
 

LostParadox

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Jul 16, 2011
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Hi guys, I have a 2008 MBP unibody (the 1st release) with a 2.4 core2duo and 2 gb of ram. I work as a graphic designer and now getting more into video.

I was thinking of getting a Samsung 256SDD + 8GB of ram for my Core2 which would roughly cost me around 600 bucks.

Or should I save the money and blow it on an i7 machine? Sadly I would have to spend close $3000 just to get the specs I wanted for a new MBP.

Please advice. :) Thank you!
I am a Graphic designer as well and i do some video. I have not yet tried it on my new MBP that i got today but i bought the 2011 i7 15" with 4GB ram an 7200 rpm 500gb HD. This thing has been a powerhouse for everything i've thrown at it thus far. Personally i would say wait and get the i7 core but thats based on only a few hours with this MBP, however i do have a strong PC that uses the i7 and it is a truly impressive core
 

Kyzelios

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Mar 6, 2011
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I would recommend upgrading your current MacBook Pro as it will cost you a lot less ($3,000 is quite a bit of money).

The Intel Core 2 Duo processor in your Mac is no slouch and if you upgrade the memory and hard disk you should be able to breath some more life into your computer.

Have a great day! :)
 

Mac-key

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Apr 1, 2010
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Alabama
you'll see a TREMENDOUS difference going from 2GB of RAM to 8! I got an '09 c2d 2.53 and I do LOTS of video editing using the full final cut suite. I upgraded from 4gb of RAM to 8gb and saw a major performance boost.

I'd just save the money for now, get the RAM and see how you feel after that
 

jjahshik32

macrumors 603
Sep 4, 2006
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As a person who's owned both models all I can say is, "Pick up the 2011 13" 2.3GHz mbp, PERIOD."
 

hawk1410

macrumors 6502
Jul 5, 2011
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Upgrade the ram and SSD and your notebook will be fine for another year atleast. Spending 3000$ would be stupid as your current machine is no slouch. Buy a much better MBP when even the SSD and ram start showing their age.
 

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