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15-inch MBP (P8700) upgrade options?

I have a MacBook Pro 5,4 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz 15-inch (P8700) Model Number A1286 and wanted to find out if replacing the motherboard with an i5 or i7 processor motherboard was possible (plug-n-play, that is). I seem to remember that the first i5/i7 15-inch MacBook Pros had the exact same model number as my Core 2 Duo machine, leading me to believe that internal mounts match mine.


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Good, measured advice. Yes, an upgraded system involves more than just a faster processor.

My laptop is experiencing some trouble connecting to an Apple 27-inch LED Cinema Display, something that never occurred when I connected to Apple's 20-inch Cinema Display. I apologize for not submitting a legitimate repair question, however… I was more curious than anything else if the motherboards were swappable.

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Before you destroy the resale value of your MBP, check what it's selling for on eBay. Subtract the price of a new logic board from the price of the new model to know which way to go.

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