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Mikespencer1975 02-13-2013 07:22 AM

Is it worth the money
I have a chance to buy a ma896lla with 4gb ram 2.4 ghz 160hd osx is 10.5 the cost is 400 dollars would I be better getting a different computer

pigoo3 02-13-2013 08:15 AM


Originally Posted by Mikespencer1975 (Post 1495478)
I have a chance to buy a ma896lla...

We usually don't refer to Macintosh computer models with this info. I for one do not have it memorized what model a ma89611a is.

Tell us what its (display size, cpu speed, possibly the year of release, etc.)...and we may be able to give you some opinions.

- Nick

Mikespencer1975 02-13-2013 08:30 AM

Portable Apple MacBook Pro MA896LL/A 15-inch Notebook PC (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD SuperDrive)
It has the ram upgraded to 4gb OS X is 10.5
15 inch display
Release date is mid year 2007

bobtomay 02-13-2013 08:43 AM

That's probably about right for that MBP. Personally I'd try to get it for $300-350.
Get the 10.5 disks from the seller or order Snow Leopard direct from Apple online for $20 and do a clean install to make it your own if you get it.

I have a late '06 15" with the 2.33 Ghz and I'd estimate it's current value at maybe $250 with a 500 GB drive and 4 GB of RAM.

Mikespencer1975 02-13-2013 08:54 AM

Can I go from OS X 10.5 to mountain lion
What MacBook would you get

bobtomay 02-13-2013 09:20 AM

Acccording to the system requirements for ML, yes.
You will need to buy Snow Leopard from Apple online for $20 - update it to 10.6.8 which will give you access to the Mac App store where you would then be able to get 10.8.

Personally, I would buy a new current model and would suggest the Apple refurb store for purchasing used.

Nick is our resident buys older model Macs on a semi-regular basis - perhaps he'll come back with some advice on buying used.

pigoo3 02-13-2013 12:03 PM


Originally Posted by Mikespencer1975 (Post 1495491)
...What MacBook would you get

I agree with "bobtomay"...getting the MacBook Pro you mentioned in this thread for $300-$350 would be a good deal...but since it is a 15" MacBook Pro...$400 wouldn't be too bad. If it was a 13" MacBook...then $400 definitely would be on the high-side for a 2007 model.

As far as "What MacBook would you get?" Well...this is a pretty opened ended question:

- There are lots & lots of MacBook and MacBook Pro models released since 2006.
- It depends on what you want to use the computer for.
- It depends on the size of your budget.

Conventional wisdom would be (if you're buying used)...would be to get the newest model you can afford.

- Nick

chas_m 02-14-2013 04:56 AM

If this really is capable of running Mountain Lion, I would max out the RAM on it or just leave it at Snow Leopard for the time being.

I'm skeptical because that's QUITE and old computer, but it is a 15" model with a discreet video card so maybe you can run ML with it.

I think you're going to find that machine slow, but OTOH for $300-400 you may not be able to do any better than that.

RavingMac 02-14-2013 05:20 PM

That is the model MBP I have, and I am running Mountain Lion without a hitch. It is starting to show its age a bit, but should be good for my usage for a few more years.

But, if I were buying today and dollars allowed, I would go a couple of years newer at least.

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