Upgrade 2.4 core2duo or get a 2011 i7 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JR13, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. JR13 macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2011
    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!
  2. LostParadox macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2011
    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
  3. Kyzelios macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2011
    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! :)
  4. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    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
  5. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    As a person who's owned both models all I can say is, "Pick up the 2011 13" 2.3GHz mbp, PERIOD."
  6. hawk1410 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    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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