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AfterBurner_1
26th March 2009, 12:16 PM
i'm wanting to convert my mac fetish to one nice looking and powerful little unit. i have a sharp dislike of the new unibody MBP's as the battery are built in and i want to be able to swap batteries on long trips.

so I'm looking for a 17" MBP of the now obsolete model of MBP with a decent CPU, GFX, and a 1600x1200 resolution.

nightelves
26th March 2009, 02:27 PM
How much are you willing to spend?

dekco
26th March 2009, 02:32 PM
market price is about 2k-ish depending on a number of factors. such as condition, accessories, etc.

AfterBurner_1
27th March 2009, 10:38 AM
How much are you willing to spend?
up to AU$3,800

market price is about 2k-ish depending on a number of factors. such as condition, accessories, etc.
my thoughts exactly, should be fun trying to find one. $2k is a good price...

Now does anyone have one they are thinking of getting rid of soon?

leon
27th March 2009, 10:55 AM
I buy all my Apple stuff from here . They are currently have a special on 17" Macbook Pro's. Applecare is also on sale to help move these units. You should get one for well under-budget (+ it is a brand new computer) Designwyse Australia (http://www.designwyse.com.au)

http://www.designwyse.com.au/images/content/multi/Mac-Book-Pro-17-Run-Out_V2.gif

Spectacular291
29th March 2009, 03:21 PM
domayne at castle hill has a 17" model for $2999...

although i wanted to buy a previous model 15" pro and said i'd buy it and the guy kinda ignored me, long story short, i left and now i'll have to prolong my purchase

ClockWork
29th March 2009, 03:44 PM
domayne at castle hill has a 17" model for $2999...

although i wanted to buy a previous model 15" pro and said i'd buy it and the guy kinda ignored me, long story short, i left and now i'll have to prolong my purchase

Double post.

You mean to say... because one Sales Person ignored you, they're all automatically "jerks" ?

That's a pretty broad generalization.

How old are you...?

Spectacular291
29th March 2009, 04:18 PM
nah your right, the two that were serving me were jerks, the others i cant say for, so yes out of frustration i generalised and i apologise mr Clockwork

21

*no sarcasm intended in all honesty! also i apologise about the double post - it was pure frustration today and a real waste of a day*

AfterBurner_1
29th March 2009, 04:30 PM
hmm, i think i'm going to have to get a loan.

that or get some one else here on Mactalk to do the inital purchase on my behalf through some sort of arrangement:)

I've deceided i want The MBP 17" 4GB with the Gecko ProSleeve 17 Hard Nylon Case($55) and Apple care 3yr($290) Grand total $3400 (assuming a $99 Freight charge). almost immediately after i get it and pay it off. i would rip out the 250GB and put in a 7200rpm 500GB drive.

EDIT: actual Quote is for AU$3,356.50

leon
29th March 2009, 06:18 PM
hmm, i think i'm going to have to get a loan.

that or get some one else here on Mactalk to do the inital purchase on my behalf through some sort of arrangement:)

I've deceided i want The MBP 17" 4GB with the Gecko ProSleeve 17 Hard Nylon Case($55) and Apple care 3yr($290) Grand total $3400 (assuming a $99 Freight charge). almost immediately after i get it and pay it off. i would rip out the 250GB and put in a 7200rpm 500GB drive.

Try calling them and asking if you can pay a deposit on the machine. Organise your loan, pay the machine off then their courier it to you.

AfterBurner_1
30th March 2009, 11:51 AM
just an update they're out of their initial shipment, now offering the last upspec models.

AfterBurner_1
1st April 2009, 12:53 PM
I buy all my Apple stuff from here . They are currently have a special on 17" Macbook Pro's. Applecare is also on sale to help move these units. You should get one for well under-budget (+ it is a brand new computer) Designwyse Australia (http://www.designwyse.com.au)

http://www.designwyse.com.au/images/content/multi/Mac-Book-Pro-17-Run-Out_V2.gif


Try calling them and asking if you can pay a deposit on the machine. Organise your loan, pay the machine off then their courier it to you.
UPDATE: have got DesignWyse to hold one MBP for me.
however my bank rejected my loan in the first phase! i can afford it easily but by heck the lump sum is the problem.

I'll check out their low rate Credit Card options. (are there any banks which do student loans?) I'm with the stooges at Commonwealth

well I'm going to bat my head up against a wall and try to get my PowerBook repaired.

leon
1st April 2009, 03:20 PM
If your at university, the uni can offer student loans. My sister in law just started first year at Monash Uni. She borrowed $2000 from them to buy a Macbook. Might be something to look into.

dekco
1st April 2009, 07:52 PM
with most people having credit cards, i think those are the best way. Just remember to pay of before the due date otherwise you will be paying thru your nose.

DeanCorp
1st April 2009, 10:41 PM
Computers Now has just updated their clearance list: http://compnow.com.au/downloads/CompNow-Clearance-List.pdf

They have a fair few 17" MacBook Pro's on special.

AfterBurner_1
2nd April 2009, 12:34 PM
If your at university, the uni can offer student loans. My sister in law just started first year at Monash Uni. She borrowed $2000 from them to buy a Macbook. Might be something to look into.
NAB i think offers them they're a great choice but i'm not in Teriary yet. I will be going straight into a Double Degree at Carnegie Mellon at the end of the year thoguh.

dekco
2nd April 2009, 12:43 PM
Computers Now has just updated their clearance list: http://compnow.com.au/downloads/CompNow-Clearance-List.pdf

They have a fair few 17" MacBook Pro's on special.
those are very good prices for MBP 17"

AfterBurner_1
7th April 2009, 03:05 PM
those are very good prices for MBP 17"
I'll beg to differ.

have made an order and payed a small deposit to designwyse pending fincances. just waiting for NAB and CBA to get their consecutive arses in to gear.

slowly getting there.... does anyone have a credit card i could use?:p

just kidding.

Cmon bankies, move it!

dekco
7th April 2009, 05:39 PM
hmm, i think i'm going to have to get a loan.

that or get some one else here on Mactalk to do the inital purchase on my behalf through some sort of arrangement:)

I've deceided i want The MBP 17" 4GB with the Gecko ProSleeve 17 Hard Nylon Case($55) and Apple care 3yr($290) Grand total $3400 (assuming a $99 Freight charge). almost immediately after i get it and pay it off. i would rip out the 250GB and put in a 7200rpm 500GB drive.

EDIT: actual Quote is for AU$3,356.50
whats the spec you got? I might be interested in getting another one. Since I have just converted my uncle to mac too :cool: and being that he is in Singapore, a further 10% will be nice :p

AfterBurner_1
17th April 2009, 01:33 PM
well easter has come and gone, and i'm still waiting on the bank, my branch manager thinks it blloody odd it's taking so long so she's chasing it and trying to get a priority flag on it.

just as well i put a deposit down.

dekco
17th April 2009, 01:51 PM
ive decided to get one too. 2.6ghz, 2gb ram, 200gb hdd,

AfterBurner_1
18th April 2009, 12:19 PM
ive decided to get one too. 2.6ghz, 2gb ram, 200gb hdd,ha ha! the plot thickens!

Mine's the 2.5Ghz/4GB/320GB/1920x1200 model

dekco
18th April 2009, 01:57 PM
1920 x 1600 screen? wow! that is really high resolution. im not paying 200 for an extra 2gb of ram, i can get locally for much less.

AfterBurner_1
18th April 2009, 02:45 PM
1920 x 1600 screen? wow! that is really high resolution. im not paying 200 for an extra 2gb of ram, i can get locally for much less.the resolution is why i'm goin for a 17" model as opposed to anything else

dekco
18th April 2009, 02:57 PM
i thought it was 1920 x 1200 :o

AfterBurner_1
18th April 2009, 04:29 PM
i thought it was 1920 x 1200 :o
you'd be right too!

dekco
30th April 2009, 03:24 PM
bump for old thread. designwyse has sold out, im looking for another unit (prefer BNIB, but willing to take preowned in mint).

got the guys at designwyse to keep an eye out for me, but these are getting scarse.