Used MacBook Question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dt1027, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. dt1027 macrumors newbie


    Feb 3, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    Ok, I am a life long PC user who has tentatively decided to make the leap to Mac, but right now I just can't really afford even a EDU discounted Macbook, so I started looking around on Craigslist. Found the following and was hoping that somebody who knows more than I do, could give me a hand. I don't really need the computer to do that much other than e-mail, web surfing and itunes. Here are the specs:
    Apple Macbook (Black) 2ghz Intel Core-Duo Processor, 512MB RAM, 80GB Hard Drive, and OS X Tiger 10.4. Applecare till 5/20/2009.

    I think hes asking around $700 for it, which seems decent, but I don't know if i'll end up spending more upgrading the RAM (if I need to) or upgrading to Leopard. Please let me know what you think, thanks, and thanks to everyone posting on here, i've been trolling around for a while and it seems like a great place for advice.
  2. canucks-17 macrumors regular


    Jan 8, 2008
    Sounds good, upgrading the RAM is a necessity though. 512MB is not enough, especially for Leopard.
  3. jarenado macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2007
    depending on the macbook, yours most likely only takes up to two gigs of ram, I paid 55 at and got two gigs of ram. Also, if you have an education discount at say a University bookstore, some of them get leopard for 70 bucks, regardless, Tiger is great and you can get leopard down the road when you have a few extra bucks
  4. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Sounds like a pretty good deal. I too would recommend more RAM, especially if you plan to email, surf, and listen to music at the same time.
  5. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    You can find 2 gigs of ram for $40 @ Newegg. You don't need Leopard to do anything you'd be doing; Tiger would work just fine.
  6. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    Nice deal. I would just upgrade the RAM for a faster computer. Other than that you're set to go.
  7. eswank macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2006
    I buy all my RAM from I haven't had a problem ever since I was introduced to their site. I'm thinking about purchasing the base model MacBook and just max out the RAM so that I can use it as a travel notebook.

    IMO, upgrading to Leopard is worth it. It doesn't matter how much the cost is.

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