Upgrade Internals or Buy PC?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Mr D, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. Mr D macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2007
    My current laptop which is a MBP 17 inch Early 2009...

    Processor is 2.93 Intel Core 2 Duo
    4 GB of RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT 512 MB
    320GB Hard drive (7200rpm)


    Cracked glass screen (not the LCD) that my nephew just caused.

    I was planning to give/get my nephew a new laptop so -

    2 options

    1. Upgrade current MBP internals with SSD + 8 GB of ram and fix screen

    Estimated cost = around $400 (Maybe $300 depending on how much it costs to fix the screen?)

    2. Buy new windows laptop

    Estimated cost = around $500

    I haven't really been into computer tech like that - so I don't know what the estimated life of this laptop is...and how much better newer technology is even if it's a Windows.

    Much appreciated!
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I think you may be better off with a newer machine, that's just me though.
  3. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2005
    I can't speak to how much it costs to replace the glass, but my vote is to add the RAM and the SSD to the older Mac. It will feel like a new machine and for $500 you're not going to find that in (many) PC laptops.

    I did the same to my Mid-2010 15" MBP and I'm very still happy with it.
  4. itsOver9000 macrumors 6502


    Mar 29, 2013
    B.F., KS
    Looks like a new glass panel is approximately $20 on Amazon:
    that is if you are comfortable replacing it yourself..
  5. Mr D thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2007
  6. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2015
    Mukilteo, WA USA
    Not worth spending $400 on that old machine. Sell it on ebay for maybe $200 and buy a newer used MBP or a new Windows laptop. $500 gets you a nice laptop these days.

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