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I have a non-functional MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011).

https://support.apple.com/kb/sp646?locale=en_US

2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Sandy Bridge)
8 GB DDR3 RAM
750 GB Hard Drive

Anyhow, it needs a replacement logic board.

Apple offers me a flat rate repair (ie. repair everything that's wrong with the laptop for a flat rate) for $450.

I looked on eBay and the price of the logic board is also ~$450, so no saving even if I repaired it myself.

Anyway, should I sell this for parts or have it repaired?

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Hell of a Apple computer for $450. I would fix it up but I am an Apple user and appreciate their products. Soon windows owners will chime in and tell you to dump it.
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Not sure if you can get another laptop for $450 that's much better.
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I'd repair it and THEN sell it. They're still going for over $1000 on eBay in working condition.

Put that money toward a new MacBook Pro retina.

The reason I say sell it is because it's well out of warranty and you'll be on the hook for $450 any time anything were to happen to this computer.
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another thing to consider is you can no longer get a 17" MacBook Pro. if you want one that big.
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Hell of a Apple computer for $450. I would fix it up but I am an Apple user and appreciate their products. Soon windows owners will chime in and tell you to dump it.
Here I am. I am actually a windows and mac user, but I would dump it and get a new laptop. You'll still get good money out of it selling for parts, but It doesn't sound worth the time, effort or risk to fix. You can get a new air for like $800. I don't know about you, but I'd be more satisfied with a new macbook air than a 4 year old back from the dead macbook pro. 17 inches is also huge, I wouldn't want a laptop that size. For me, a laptop is for travel.

If you want to fix it up and sell it, and are comfortable with laptop repairing then go for it. If a motheboard is $450 and you get $800 for it theres a $350 profit. $1000 is a little unrealistic. I would see how much you can get for it just for parts.....
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Quote from irod87 View Post :
Hell of a Apple computer for $450. I would fix it up but I am an Apple user and appreciate their products. Soon windows owners will chime in and tell you to dump it.
Well, it used to be that computers get insanely faster: it practically feels obsolete just after I buy it. Lately, however, Intel has been slacking and processing power seems to have increased only incrementally since Sandy Bridge was released back in 2011. Even today, Sandy Bridge still feels somewhat fast.

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Not sure if you can get another laptop for $450 that's much better.
I do agree with that, but do keep in mind that this is a used system.

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I'd repair it and THEN sell it. They're still going for over $1000 on eBay in working condition.

Put that money toward a new MacBook Pro retina.

The reason I say sell it is because it's well out of warranty and you'll be on the hook for $450 any time anything were to happen to this computer.
The problem with the new MacBook Pro Retina is that it is practically non-upgradable. The RAM is soldered to the motherboard and the SSD uses proprietary connectors. Technically, the SSD can be upgraded, but the parts are uncommon and costly.

I do agree about being on the hook for the $450. The repair does carry a 3 months warranty, but if it does fail after that, I lose my $450.

Quote from irod87 View Post :
another thing to consider is you can no longer get a 17" MacBook Pro. if you want one that big.
Well, I have the Surface Pro 3 which has a 12" screen so I would prefer a to have a laptop that performs sufficiently different functions than what I already have and having a 17" screen sure fits the bill. That said, perhaps a 15" laptop might too.

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Here I am. I am actually a windows and mac user, but I would dump it and get a new laptop. You'll still get good money out of it selling for parts, but It doesn't sound worth the time, effort or risk to fix. You can get a new air for like $800. I don't know about you, but I'd be more satisfied with a new macbook air than a 4 year old back from the dead macbook pro. 17 inches is also huge, I wouldn't want a laptop that size. For me, a laptop is for travel.

If you want to fix it up and sell it, and are comfortable with laptop repairing then go for it. If a motheboard is $450 and you get $800 for it theres a $350 profit. $1000 is a little unrealistic. I would see how much you can get for it just for parts.....
Well, I already have a Surface Pro 3 which is my ultraportable laptop/tablet, so I don't want a MacBook Air which will overlap the former in function.

As for the repair, $450 is the cost for Apple to repair the laptop (according to an Apple Authorized Service Provider). I don't have to do anything besides sending it in.

I merely said that if I perform the repair myself, it wouldn't be cheaper.
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