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Originally Posted by vincentmilone View Post
Mid 2010, this thing is already pushing 4 years old. Is it unheard of to spend more money, and upgrade these things to make them last longer? Or should I not bother, leave it be, and upgrade to a new computer? THe thing is I love this 17" macbook.And they have been discontinued. It wasn't cheap when we got it, and for a few hundred more I think I can make it a brand new laptop.
Your 2010 MacBook Pro will never be like a brand new laptop again (as in "cutting edge" new). Simply because installing a new battery, upgrading the ram., and installing an SSD will in some ways will make it better than what it was when new in 2010...but you are still limited by it's CPU speed, GPU abilitities, and logic board architecture.

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Originally Posted by vincentmilone View Post
I guess I just don't want to put a lot of money into it, for something else to crap out later.
No one can predict the future. All you can do is do what you think is right today...and hope for the best. A 2010 17" MBP is still a pretty good computer. And since you seem to like your 17" MBP...and since Apple no longer makes 17" MBP's...it's not like I can say...buy a new 17" MBP.

But what you can do (if you REALLY want to)...is sell your current 17" MBP. Then buy a used Early 2011 or Late 2011 17" MBP (the last two 17" models Apple made)...then you have an REAL upgrade.

Alternatively. You could sell your 17" MBP...then purchase a new or newer 15" MBP...and use an external display if you need more screen real estate when working at a desk.

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Originally Posted by vincentmilone View Post
What do you guys think? How old is your macbook pro?
This is a loaded question...and you will get all sorts of answers. Different folks have different need levels. A person with less demanding computing needs can get away with using an older computer longer. A person with more demanding computer needs will not be able to use a computer as long.

As far as the upgrades you mentioned. Max out the ram (if you haven't already)...and don't install an SSD larger than 256gig. If you go larger than that...then you'll be possibly spending too much money...which could be spent on a newer computer.

HTH,

- Nick

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