Upgrade or no? Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Dreamer2go, May 18, 2010.

  1. Dreamer2go macrumors 6502a

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    Hi

    I currently have June 2007 macbook pro (2.4ghz). I know I can make this machine last longer, but my current Apple Care ends in June.

    I had numerous "fixes" for parts such as broken keyboard. I have some dents in my computer (accumulatively over the years coz I carry this laptop around to class for college)
    Worst of all, I had my entire logic board fixed once this time last year due to the 8600M GT.

    My sister is going to get the new macbook (her first mac), and I want to upgrade too...

    My question is, should I upgrade? Is this corei7 really justify for a worthy upgarde? I really don't want to spend anymore money on fixing this computer (IE broken parts)
    I do heavy photoshop work, and occasionally play some computer games like Call of Duty 4.

    Thanks~
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I would say yes. You can still sell it for okay price and that'll cover a big share of your new MBP. i7 isn't THAT much faster but everything counts, plus 330M is a lot better and it can take more RAM
     
  3. james90755 macrumors member

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    I have a similar machine and similar thoughts. My reasoning is more along the lines of 10 hour battery (from 3hrs) and 4GB RAM. I am even considering staying at 2.4GHz and saving $300. (The SD slot would be nice as well.)

    I am a road warrior and 13" is great for airplane seats and being able to carry a smaller computer bag. The problem is 13" screens are a bit tedious. I often run an external monitor as a result.

    My next thought would be to go to a MBP 15" and get i5 which has significantly more processing power, and use the iPad to keep from having to pull out a bigger notebook all the time.

    Decisions. Decisions.
     
  4. Dreamer2go thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yeah the technology of 330M interested me because of the Creative Suite 5 from adobe.
    The battery life is also a huge thing for me.

    and I know that the logic board will fry sometime in the future too (due to 8600M), and I probably can't replace the logic board for free anymore with expired Applecare...
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Sell it and let someone else worry about the 8600M GT ;) i7 will boost CS5, especially heavier apps
     
  6. opera57 macrumors 6502

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    It depends if you are happy with the current performance of the one you have now? If you are and its currently working it might be worth keeping it for a bit longer? If not then yeah the new ones are definitely a large improvement, and you would be able to have apple care so would be safe in the knowledge that it will be fixed/replaced if anything happens to it!
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