Would I be able to get a I7 board for it
I have a 17 MacBook pro 17 unibody with the following specs: 2.66C2D,4GB 1067 DDR3,NVIDIA 94/9600M GT video cards,and the usual others
My concern is how easily i can buy a 2.66 I7 or a 2.8 I7 board for it and upgrade it this way because this computer does work,but i plan on getting into more video editing with Final Cut Express sooner or later and ditching imovie but leaving it on
If i decide to do this,what would i need to swap and would it be worth it and what other parts would i have to swap becides the unibody itsself?
I found the cheapest for the board is 1,299$ at the cheapest
The unibody is 265.00 new on Ebay
God knows what else i need to swap
It does not look like it would be possible without spending $$ on parts that work!
I'll buy a I7 pro when i need it new!
I just did a little research for you on the matter, and it doesn't really seem like the i7 2.8GHz logic board for the 17-Inch MacBook Pro you own is really available right now. Even if it was, it would probably cost you about $800 which, unless you can afford it, is kinda steep. Naturally, you could make some of the money back by selling your own logic board afterwards, but it probably wouldn't cover all of the cost.
Naturally, you'll need to reference the MacBook Pro 17-inch Unibody Logic Board Replacement Guide in order to successfully do the replacement. This guide lists all of the necessary tools at the top as well.
At the end of it all, however, you've gotta ask yourself: is the additional 0.14GHz worth it? I understand the desire to upgrade, but it's probably not worth the risk, the expense, or the time. Your MacBook Pro is about three times better than mine, and mine will do everything you want yours to do (Final Cut and whatnot). So, really I'd just stick with what you've got. Not to mention, when you trade out the logic board, the serial number lasered into the bottom will no longer match that of the logic board, which would make Apple skeptical if you even had to take it to the Genius bar.
To sum it all up, I'd say no. It's definitely not worth it. But props to you for being willing to do it! :) Take care!
I`m thinking of swaping my board too.
It´s a 3.06 GHz core 2 Duo and I would like to have a i7 2.8 .
first of all : Sure it makes sense ! the i7 is a quad core !! and the architecture is different.
For almost every pro application, this is a big step in performance and, in my case, much less latency.
My question is :
does that board FIT in my 17" unibody ( bought it 2010 ). ??
Do all of the periferic parts fit in ?? and are the connections the same ?
That would be great !!
900 $ is much cheaper than a new MacBook Pro i7 2.8..hihi..
Where do I get one ??
Probably at a service point
And.. I´m not scared in doing it myself.. as long, as I know, that everything fits in.. ;-))
Thanks for any answer