Okay so for some unknown reason my battery crapped out on my 2011 MBP despite having fewer than 100 cycles and still reading at 80% health the week before it failed. I figured since I'll be opening the thing up, I might as well install an SSD and new memory. I'm going to be bumping up the memory to 8GB 1333Mhz, SSD will be a Samsung 840 Evo, and the battery is a factory replacement. I already have a #0 screwdriver and a tri-wing screwdriver for the battery removal. Can I simply pop out the old items, put the new ones in, then boot straight into a clean install? Do I need to format the SSD first, update firmware first? Anything at all I need to know beforehand? Also, I would like to do a fresh OSX install on the machine as well. I've learned how to create a bootable OSX Maverick USB Drive, but aside from taking some extra time, would just doing a fresh install of OSX10.6 then using the app store to install Maverick be just as effective? Or would I see some benefits going with a direct Maverick USB install? Thank you guys, sorry for so many questions.