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    Default about to buy my first Mac. a little help please. :)

    Hi guy's

    After reading loads of stuff and the many posts on here I'm still unsure weather to make the jump. sorry for another mac post btw.

    My best friend who's a graphic designer Has purchased a new macbook pro and I have first dibs on his old well cared for one. The specs are

    Late 2006 macbook pro model
    17" screen
    3 gig of ram
    core 2 duo processor

    My main concern, is this to old to make it worth buying? Any other issues I should look out for? Can they be serviced at all?

    My current laptop Toshiba has pretty much the same specs but is only 10 months old. I'm only really just going for the Mac stability and to get away from the ground loop problem mine has, after trying several things to fix it.

    Thanks in advance for your help
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    if the price is right, make the jump no doubt! i will never go back to windows! might want to try to keep both if thats possible, sometimes compatibility is a small problem. not with audio and what not, but your software/game selection is somewhat smaller and more costly

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    Is it a freebie? If not, how much?
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    500.00

    i will have to sell my current laptop to afford it as about to go on holiday.
    Not really into gaming. just want to use it for music and er porn lol
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    I am running Live with Decadance and Digital Performer Komplete 5 and tons of other high cpu stuff on a 2007 2.1 core 2 duo with 4 gigs. that machine should be perfect for what you need. it will be viable for another 3-4 years potentially.

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    Do it. Nothing wrong with those specs at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by natebehe View Post
    might want to try to keep both if thats possible, sometimes compatibility is a small problem.
    My mac dual boots into Window XP using Bootcamp which comes with all Macs that have an intel chip I believe. You have to have a full copy of Windows, but it is possible and pretty easy to set up.
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    500 euros = 697.9000 US dollars not bad, its cheaper that street price ill tell you.
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    Id put Snow Leopard on it too, the OS is the main thing that dates it and Snow Leopard is the latest...

    I'd maybe try and haggle him down a little more if i were you. 425 sounds like a lot more of a bargain for some reason....
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    It's got snow leopard 10.5 on it. I will try and haggle a bit which i have not done although they are still pricer on ebay , after all i gave a 12string guitar which is his pride and joy besides his new macbook pro lol, mates rates hey

    Thanks guy's for the peace of mind, was unsure of a laptop that old.
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    It's a good buy, you can put 6GB of ram in it for around 100 as well. I have had my Macbook Pro for nearly 4 years and it still runs as well as the day I got it. In fact I'm reluctant to get a new one although the body of mine has seen better days.

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