Upgrade from MBP advice, please help college student

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wakebrdr, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. wakebrdr macrumors newbie

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    I'm currently on a 1st gen 15" MBP with highest available (at the time) specs

    2.16 GHz Core Duo Processor
    2 GB Ram
    100 GB HD 7200 RPM
    256 MB ATI X1600 Graphics Card
    3-year applecare (in effect until next february)

    Does anyone have available performance comparisons between the current crop of MBP's and the first-gen (which I have)? The computer runs safari fine but I do find it stalling not from time to time when I push it.

    I do A/V work, and gaming on my laptop using boot camp when necessary.

    Thank you so much for your advice!
     
  2. Sharky II macrumors 6502a

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    fwiw, there are performance examples on apples site with this exact model. i noticed them as this is the exact same spec as what i have ;)

    i'm pretty happy with my mbp. just wish it could take more ram.
     
  3. Radio Monk33 macrumors 6502

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    That's still a damn fast computer...you might want to do a clean install for a speed boost before upgrading!
     
  4. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Two points:

    1. You don't need to upgrade; stop being greedy. :cool: Reinstall Tiger if necessary; that machine
    should easily last another couple of years without needing a replacement.

    2. Let this be a reminder as to why you should never order a top of the line computer.
    No matter how good one looks at the time, it will be outclassed several times over
    within a couple of years at most.
     
  5. wakebrdr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone got performance comparisons between my computer and the new iteration?

    Thanks!
     
  6. wakebrdr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your reply and help sharky, but I was hoping for a more exhaustive comparison if anyone has the data!

    Thanks!
     
  7. ktbubster macrumors 6502a

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    Personally your computer should be good for a while to come. You don't need to upgrade, but if you have the extra cash, now is as good a time as any as you can still get quite a nice amount of cash for your laptop (i just saw that same laptop go for over 1400 on ebay)

    I noticed a big difference between my original 2.0 CD macbook pro and the 2.2 SR macbook pro I got in november (have since traded and switched to different toys hehe) It ran a lot cooler, the screen was much nicer (LED and all... better battery life too) and the ability to add 4gigs of ram over the 2 i had in the other one really speeds things up a bit. The larger harddrive helps too.

    I'd say you'd notice performance due to the ram and the C2D processors. I can't give you actual numbers, but if you have extra cash, now is as good a time to sell as you have a year of service left and can get a lot back for it.

    AND you can pick up a refurb 2.2 SR for approx 1540 ish with tax or a 2.4 SR for 1750ish, which is a GREAT deal... so it might not hurt... Or ofcourse the new ones for about 1900 (with tax and student discount) so... while you can still get a good amount for your old one, you may benefit.

    It's up to you. Your computer is by no means slow, but you will definitely notice a difference.
     

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