Like the question says I have an early-2008 Macbook Pro and I want to know if it will run Mavericks before I get it.
Also, if it won't run Mavericks what is the highest OS X version it will run?
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Yes, it can. According to Apple these are minimal system requirements:
To install Mavericks, you need one of these Macs:
Mac (Mid-2007 or later)
MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later),
MacBook Pro (15-inch or 17-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later)
MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
Mac mini (Early 2009 or later)
Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
Xserve (Early 2009)
Your Mac also needs:
OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, or Snow Leopard v10.6.8 already installed 2 GB or more of memory 8 GB or more of available space