MacBook 5,1 Upgrade: RAM + HDD

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by nampramos, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Hi,
    I need to upgrade my MacBook 5,1 2GHz that currently has 1x2Gb RAM and 160Gb HDD.
    I do not really need to make it right now but I wonder if prices will change a lot in 5 months time.
    I either do it now, or in the end of August.
    What do you guys think?
    The price of 2x4Gb RAM will change a lot over thar period?
    And the HDD, 500Gb, 750Gb or 1TB, will it have a big drop in price?
    Hope someone can give me some prespective on this.
    Thanks a lot.
     
  2. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Would anyone mind sharing an opinion?
    Thanks.
     
  3. macrumors member

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    You should be ok updating the HD to 500gb 7200rpm and the RAM to 4GB

    I have your same MacBook and I did that update. It works very well.

    If you plan to update to Mac OS X Lion in the future, I suggest update the RAM to 8GB. It will keep the system fresh for two more years.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I want to have 5400rpm and 8Gb.
    The question is, will I save a lot of money if I wait until August or will it just be some little savings?
     
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    alust2013

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    Likely similar prices then and now, I'd just upgrade now.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Alright then.
    Is it newegg the best place to buy or can I get some better deals somewhere else?
    Can be US or European store.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Could anyone please help? Thank you.
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    I might get hell for this, but check ebay. I had my HDD Crash on my late 2009 macbook (white unibody) I bought a BRAND NEW WD 320GB 7200RPM Hard Drive for 44bucks. and mint shape 4GB DDR3 ram for 20 bucks. They both run great and saved quite a bit.
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    If I were looking to upgrade the MacBook5,1, I'd be interested in putting a faster HDD in it as well. I recommend either the Seagate Momentus Hybrids or a Western Digital Scorpio Black if you don't want to spend the bucks to go SSD. Newegg probably has both cheaper than most online.

    As for the RAM, try Other World Computing (www.macsales.com). They have a trade-in offer that they'll take your old RAM toward the purchase of new. If you're not planning on doing much with the older modules, at least you can get a few bucks out of them.
     

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