Used Early 2008 MBP (8600GT), should I be worried for gaming?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by erkanasu, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. erkanasu macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
    GF just bought a used early 2008 MBP 15" with a 8600GT. I know these are supposed to have faulty nvidia chips. We were hoping we could play games together, but now I'm worried about her computer failing if we play too much.

    Anyone know if apple will still fix these nvidia chips if her computer fails in the next year or two?
  2. erkanasu thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
    Thanks you

    The writing is slightly ambiguous. "fails within four years of purchase"... Does it matter that she bought it used and has no purchase documentation?
  3. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    it does not matter if it was used. I purchased one on ebay with a dead board and apple fixed it.
  4. And1ss macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    I run the last generation of the nvidia 8600 gt chips fine. Granted, it can't push many of contemporary games (on windows side), but the games are still playable.
  5. Huntn macrumors G5


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    I just went through this with my 2008 MBP. If you have a video issue with the computer, take it into an Apple store and ask them to run a video test on it. If it fails, they should replace your motherboard for free.
  6. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    I had three failures, and Apple replaced mine with a i5 MBP.
  7. Ampidire macrumors 6502


    Feb 1, 2007
    Oh how I love this policy :p

    CD BlackBook replaced for C2D BlackBook replaced for Unibody MB (trade+cash) replaced for 15" C2D Unibody MBP to i5 MBP (upgraded to HR-GLSY display)

    If you count umm, I only paid Apple for the first one and subsequent AppleCare's if they went over the 1yr, using the refunded money from previous AppleCare to buy the new ones (all at Student pricing while I'm in College).
  8. rickvanr macrumors 68040


    Apr 10, 2002
    I'm at 2, would love an upgrade :D

    Seriously though, Apple's great with warranties.. I wouldn't worry about it failing from excessive gaming, if it's going to go, it's going to go.. Just enjoy your computer
  9. chaosbunny macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    I still have one of these and it has been pushed pretty hard in the past 3 years gaming wise. All source games run quite well, sc2 on mid/low settings, Dragon Age 2 are the most recent ones I have played in OS X, and various others in Windows. On mid/low settings you can play most games out there.

    Also, mine never acted up (knocks on wood).

    Maybe get smc fan control and set the default fan settings a little bit higher, I have mine on 2800 rpm. So the machine never heats up to more than about 65° C.
  10. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    Mine reached about 90°C while gaming with SMC on 5000RPM, well all 3 of them. Maybe you have a better thermal paste application.

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