15" cMBP and ssd...how much ?

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  1. sostoobad macrumors regular

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    Hi I am sure this has been tossed around, but can one buy a 15"cMBP
    and put in a SSD, if so how much, thanks
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Yes, one can buy a cMBP and easily put any 2.5" SSD inside.
    A 256 GB SSD from Crucial (the M4) can be had for 150 USD nowadays, the Samsung 840 is the current SSD, that gets recommended most often.

    MacBook, MacBook Pro: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive, transferring data to the new HDD

    the guide includes:
    • 0. Identify your MacBook or MacBook Pro
    • 1. Getting a new HDD
    • 2. Guides to replace the internal HDD with a newer one
    • 3. Transferring data from the old HDD to the new HDD
    • 4. Using the optical disk drive (ODD) slot for placing an SSD or HDD inside the MB/P (OPTIBAY)


     
  3. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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  4. johnnnw macrumors 65816

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    840 Pro ;)
     
  5. Ultra AleM macrumors 6502a

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    Amazon Italy sells a 500GB Samsung SSD for only 250€. :)
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    What about the Home Edition or the Business Edition or the Ultimate Edition? Are they not recommended?
     
  7. Spink10 macrumors 601

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  8. Asuriyan macrumors 6502a

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    You need to first purchase a product key for Pro, then upon submission for activation you will have the option to convert to a subscription, which grants you 500mb/s read/write times but only as long as you pay a monthly fee.

    Wait, are we still talking about hard-drives?
     
  9. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I spec'd out a cMBP for around $2099, that's the one with the 1gb vram graphics card and a matte hi-res screen. an SSD goes for $300, so... $2400. That's only 4gb of RAM, make it $2500 for 8gb.

    Or you can keep the HDD and 4gb of RAM for a while, and then upgrade your mac in a year and it'll be like getting a new machine... for $300 ;)
     
  10. Chuck-Norris macrumors 6502a

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    what about the intel 520 ssds?
     
  11. thedeske macrumors 6502a

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    Installed one of those yesterday for a family member in a 2011 i7 15. Very nice. A few small adjustments and it was zooming along.

    Format/Clone to external & Install, Repair permissions and turn on trim. Not quite as fast as the 840pro, but a fantastic upgrade for the price right now. Given the bench score of the "8,2" 15 and the low investment used, it's a compelling choice performance wise.
     
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  13. Ledgem macrumors 65816

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    If you're not in a rush for the SSD then I'd recommend catching a deal. If you use RSS feeds (or just like to check webpages often), here is dealmac's SSD page. They don't have every single deal on the internet (for example, they missed one that I spotted on Newegg), but they have quite a few. At this point it seems like 128 GB drives are under $100, 256 GB drives are under $200, and 500 or 512 GB drives are in the $300-500 range (unless you go with a Samsung 840, the non-pro version, which has gone on sale for around $270-$290 quite a few times now).
     
  14. nitromac macrumors 6502

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    I got my 15" Mid-2012 with the hi-res matte display and standard features (512MB vram, 4gb ram, 2.3 GHz i7) for around $1650 (some kind of business discount). The SSD cost me $190 (cheaper now) and 16GB RAM $95. Then I got an optibay from eBay for ~$40 total including a USB case for my superdrive. So in total it cost just under $2000.
     

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