BTO or upgrade?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JurgenWigg, May 31, 2006.

  1. JurgenWigg macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2006
    Is it ridiculous what Apple charges for RAM?

    Should I get the 'book at stock 512 and upgrade it myself?

    What about harddrives? Would it be worth it to get the smallest option and then upgrade it personally?

    I've installed HDs in desktops before so I cant imagine it'd be much harder with laptops, especially with the macbook.

    However i've never done anything with RAM, but i've been told that "it's a snap - literally." Is there a website or something somewhere that could guide me?
  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    #2 has a guide they just put up for both of those things. Shouldn't be too hard. I recommend buying your own RAM and hard drive if you're comfortable with that, and selling the old stuff and using the old drive as backup.
  3. kevin.rivers macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2005
    Yes the prices are insane.

    Do both yourself or just the Ram. The hard drive upgrades don't seem too bad from Apple.

    On the Macbook you will need:

    DDR2 PC2-5300 200pin SO-DIMMs
    2.5" 9.5mm high Sata hard drive

    Good luck
  4. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2005
    RAM, definetly do yourself. Depending on the hard drive, it might just be easier and worth the few extra bucks to get Apple to do it. It costs $45 extra to bump up to 80GB but an 80GB costs more than that and you have to go through the hassle of selling it :rolleyes:
  5. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816


    Dec 1, 2005
    If you want 80GB then get it done from Apple. No real harm in that.

    But in case you need 100 or 120, BUYING HDD FROM APPLE IS A SIN.

    I recently upgraded my RAM and just out of curiosity took out the HDD. OMG. That was it. It`s as easy as changing a disc in your Slot Loading Drive. Even a 6 year old can change the HDD(just make sure he doesn undo the screws though:p ). Installing OSX on your new drive is a no brainer either. So I`d definitely recommend DIY if you want a 120/100 GB HDD.

    Just make sure you get a SATA HDD only as kevin.rivers said. It`s very easy to befooled with a UATA disc for a SATA disc,
  6. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    London Town
    Sorry to hijack the thread a bit, but can the Macbook take 7,200rpm hard drives? I'm doubtful because the Online Store doesn't give you the option to upgrade to such a hard drive. :confused:
  7. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    There's no reason it shouldn't, as long as they're SATA drives. It's most likely not an option to BTO because it's not meant as a Pro machine, so most consumers wouldn't want to shell out the extra dough.

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