Well...my old 8600M GT-equipped machine finally died...

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  1. Quad 2.5 G5 =) macrumors 6502

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    Alright. Simple post. I had a MBP 2.4, SR. It just happened to choose today to bite the dust. Any suggestions for an inexpensive Mac laptop replacement?
    I'm going to sell the MBP for parts, and whatever I can get for that is my budget...so I'm estimating $500-650, with the money I have on hand..

    What's the best portable deal for my money?
     
  2. AnonMac50 macrumors 65816

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  3. AF08 macrumors member

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    Flat Rate

    Apple will fix it for a flat rate of $300. My 17" Early 2008 MBP died on me about 2 months ago, and I took into a Apple Certified repair shop, and they were able to replace the logic board free of charge because of the NVIDA recall.
     
  4. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

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    If you can get it fixed for free, then do it. But don't put any money into such an old machine if you can avoid it. $300 + a few hundered for parts can be a good start towards a newer machine.
     
  5. Joerg Daehn macrumors newbie

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    Don't sell! Repair! It's such a sweet machine, still!

    Concerning your MBP 2.4 with 8600 GT: don't sell if the Nvidia-Chip is the cause. I got a repair from http://www.ebay.de/itm/300633277036?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_3892wt_1141 and they also replaced the HD with an SSD and upgraded the RAM for me and my MBP A1226 is now faster than my MBP 13" 2.7GHz from 2011. (My A1226 was out of warranty.)
    They didn't just bake the board but replaced the chip and soldered it in.
     
  6. Quad 2.5 G5 =) thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'd love a 17", but I'm open to pretty much anything. If I can get them to fix it for no charge, I'm still gonna sell it for something different. I'll pull the drive, then put it into the one I buy.

    (Since I have ML on it...that limits my options.)
     
  7. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    So, judging from your signature, I'm guessing you're not a fan of the 13" MacBook Pro. Even an entry level current generation will be faster than your current machine in terms of literally every metric of performance. It requires more money out of pocket, but you're left with a machine that will clearly last well past Mountain Lion as opposed to your current machine which will very likely cap out with Mountain Lion. Either that or a refurbished 15" MacBook Pro from either the Early 2011 generation or the Late 2011 generation. Again, pricier, but a good upgrade.
     
  8. AnonMac50 macrumors 65816

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    I'd suggest a unibody 15 or 17 inch model at least.
     
  9. Quad 2.5 G5 =) thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've got my eye on a Core i5/i7 2010 MacBook Pro 17"....the one with the GT 330M/HD Graphics. It's not new, but it's not a Core 2 Duo...which I might go for, if the price is right, but I'd rather get an i5/i7..
     

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