Upgrade 2006 Macbook Pro vs. new Notebook

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  1. jgbeatty macrumors newbie

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    I purchased one of the first Intel Core Duo Macbook Pros back in 2006. It currently has the following:
    Mac OSX 10.4.11
    1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo
    512 MB 667 MHz RAM Memory
    80GB Hard drive (currently stating 5.12GB available)

    I stupidly replaced my stolen 3GS with an iPhone 4, not realizing I wouldn't be able to use it. Cost wise, it looks like older 3GS are selling for very high costs. Alternatively I would downgrade to an 8GB. (not the point)

    Would it even be physically possible to upgrade my computer to even hold Snow Leopard in order to use it? If so, is it better cost wise to purchase a new or refurbished Mac (any model) to replace it?

    Any help would be appreciated. Please pardon any message board faux pas, I am new to this.
     
  2. elleana macrumors regular

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    (not really related) but why can't you use an iPhone 4?

    What sort of budget are you looking at for the replacement v upgrade? You can definitely put in more RAM which will show great improvement, and a bigger (faster) hard disk as well.
     
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Your computer would run snow leopard, although it would probably require more RAM to do so. You should definitely upgrade to 2GB (I think the max for your machine) and get a bigger hard drive. Having such little memory and little free space on your hard drive will certainly slow your computer down significantly. I would recommend going to OWC's site (www.macsales.com) and checking out upgrades from there. They make it pretty easy to figure out what you can get to work with your computer.
     
  4. jgbeatty thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! I'll check that site out. I mostly wasn't sure if the processor had anything to do with it.

    It doesn't work for iPhone 4 bc the iTunes required for it needs Snow Leopard. Didn't know that when I bought it sadly.
     
  5. elleana macrumors regular

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    That's sneaky of Apple. Makes sure of even more widespread adoption of Snow Leopard.
     
  6. revelated macrumors 6502a

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    If I were you...I would just buy one of the 2008 model MacBooks that's in decent condition from Craigslist or something. You can usually find a winner for around $500 which isn't bad, it'll give you a better processor, better/more RAM, and already have Snow Leopard ready to go, plus the ports needed to make it all happen.
     
  7. Mac7 macrumors 6502a

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    Sell your current machine and use that money to buy a new one
     
  8. kny3twalker macrumors 65816

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    You mean the 2008 MBP with the 8600GT time bomb?

    I would personally spend the $100-$150 and upgrade your HDD, Ram, and OS.
     
  9. Pax macrumors 6502a

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    +1

    I have the same 2006 MB and a 2009 13" MBP and there is very little performance difference for typical tasks. The newer machine is a bit faster, a bit nicer, has a nicer screen and the battery lasts longer. But it's not miles better.
     
  10. bobbytomorow macrumors 6502

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    I'm with this as well.

    The CPU and GPU are still totally capable of running SL fast. Just throw in some more RAM and a larger & faster HD, install SL and breathe new life into that machine.
     
  11. tkermit macrumors 68040

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    It actually only requires Leopard, but I guess upgrading to Snow Leopard wouldn't be the worst idea.

    I agree with others here. If it was my machine, I'd definitely bring the RAM up to 2 GB and install a fast 500 GB hard drive or alternatively even an 80GB or 160GB Intel G2 SSD. You could always transfer the hard drive to a new machine at a later point, and RAM isn't very expensive anyway.

    Leopard or Snow Leopard will run very well on your machine after these upgrades. :)
     
  12. revelated macrumors 6502a

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  14. revelated macrumors 6502a

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    Well of course, that's the version I was referring to. I would never steer someone towards the non-unibody older gen MacBooks with the silver. The late edition 2008 is the perfect replacement IMO versus replacing components on a machine that's as old as his. Then again I'm just sharing my personal opinion as someone who works in the IT field. When you talk about ongoing support, maintenance, electrical cost, etc. it just doesn't make financial sense to me.

    I cheered when they put Old Yeller down.
     

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