upgrades on the macbook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Mernak, May 16, 2006.

  1. Mernak macrumors 6502

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    right now i plan on getting a $1,299 macBook w/ the superdrive and thinking of possible upgrades. I would like to get a 80GB HD but it costs $50 to upgrade so i was thinking that i could just buy an HD from newegg costing $85 plus shipping, installing it myself (now that it is easy) and putting the 60GB in an enclosure or selling it off (probably selling it at this point). Also I would like to get 2GB of RAM(again, not apple installed, I refuse to pay $500), but i do not know any of the brands (my options are listed on http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...09221136+130911434&Submit=ENE&SubCategory=381
    ) and was wondering which everyone thought was the best (besides crucial), and I would sell the 2 256 sticks.

    Just wanted some input on my desisions
     
  2. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502

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    Just remember if you upgrade anything and have any problems with it applecare always points out third party products as faulty first. They love to do this with 3rd party RAM.
     
  3. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

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  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Keep the minimum Apple RAM in case you need to send the machine for warranty service

    Choose a reputable third party RAM seller who tests and guarantees compatibility with your model Mac, offers a lifetime warranty and a no-cost return if it doesn't work. Besides Crucial, MR members often recommend OWC (MacSales) and Data Memory Systems.

    Thanks
    Trevor
    CanadaRAM.com
     
  5. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816

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    First of all 3rd party RAM is as fine as any Apple RAM IMHO. There might be a lil difference but not at all to justify the price. Also RAM is so easily removable Now. You dont even need to tell them bout the ram.As for the OP I think the best advice cud be the following---


     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    As far as upgrading the HD goes... if you are adventurous and skilled enough that you really probably don't need to be asking us the question... good luck and please post pictures! ;)

    If not, be advised that HD changes on the iBook G4 are NOT easy, and you're rocking the disadvantage here that no one has really done this (opened up an MB and changed the HD) yet. So you'll be in relatively rough territory.
     
  7. Zman5225 macrumors 6502a

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    check out this news article just posted from appleinsider.

    http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=1750

    looks like what he was trying to say was that it's EASY now to change out the HD's in these new badboys. Not like the old method like the one I have.

    Pretty sweet.
     
  8. Mernak thread starter macrumors 6502

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    firstoff thanks for the quick response and info also like to add that with the new MacBooks the HD is now user accessible, its right by the RAM. heres the article http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=1750

    edit: beat to the punch on my own thread
     
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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  10. nws0291 macrumors 6502

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    I know that apple rips off on their ram but 50$ for the hardrive upgrade isn't bad. Idk where you can find a SATA laptop HD for a great enough difference to make a valid point to DIY. If you find some please point me in that direction because laptop HD's are expensive.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822146050 $100 for and 80 gig.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822146051 $120 for a 100 gig.

    I don't see you saving any money in selling the 60 gig once replaced. It will be considered used and will sell at a used price. Plus you risk damaging the HD in taking it out if not properly grounded yadayadayada. Basically what I'm saying is apple has fair prices on the HD's. Now if you were replacing it because you wanted to put a 7200 RPM drive in which apple does not offer for the macbook then damn sign me up!!
     
  11. Mernak thread starter macrumors 6502

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    looks like my final desision is the $50 upgrade on the HD, and the 2x 1GB $71 from omni, while keeping the original ram. I'll also probably get an external hard drive, already basically know exactly which one, unless I find a better one. Once again thanks for all of you advice.
     
  12. iamhammill macrumors 6502

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    Def. let us know how that ram from Omni works, loos like an awesome deal!
     
  13. RoyalTS macrumors newbie

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    Should the hard drive replacement be from any specific vendor or can I just drop in whatever is cheapest? Which vendor does Apple use?
     

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