2013 Macbook Pro 15" Upgrades and Thoughts

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  1. thinkinblue613 macrumors 6502

    thinkinblue613

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    Hey guys, been a minute since I've posted here at all.

    I have been using a 2013 MacBook Pro 15" Retina, and its been absolutely awesome. I love this thing. Taken me through so much and done a lot of work with it since owning it.

    I am certainly replacing the battery ($90 kit from iFixit) and the airport card ($30 from Amazon). About $120 in upgrades. Super tempted to switch the SSD into a 1TB, but its $520 and seems like an unnecessary use of my money. Only reason is I run bootcamp, and limited in storage for both partitions.

    Eventually, I will be getting a new machine. Thought I could extend the life of this one or relegate it into a secondary machine. Deciding between a PC build, iMac or MBP to use for the next 5 years. My profession requires a dedicated graphics card too.

    Was wondering if anyone else did similar things to their MBPs or is using anything older than 2013 right now. What were your experiences / thoughts so far? Or if you upgraded from this generation, how much better is the newer generation MBP's?
     
  2. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

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    Is there a problem with the Airport card in your current MBP?
     
  3. thinkinblue613 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It works fine, its a bit slow compared to whats available today. I read somewhere that I can double the speeds by replacing the part and unlock it with an Apple Watch.
     
  4. Naimfan Suspended

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    Keep your 2013.

    Unless you need a significant improvement in graphics performance, the 2016/2017 models don't offer enough for their cost, and come with a number of (unacceptable in my view) risks and negatives.
     
  5. Mr Invisible macrumors newbie

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    ^agree with you there

    I'm not planning to upgrade my 2014 15" rMBP anytime soon. The new models don't have anything compelling for what I need to use it for.
     
  6. smallcoffee macrumors 68000

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    Keep your 2013 as long as you can. I say that not because the 2017 isn't a worthy purchase, but because it's a smart financial decision. If you're looking for a dedicated GPU - well, there are a lot of factors to discuss. You're going to get the best bang for your buck with a custom-built PC and an off-the-shelf GPU. Hopefully Apple was serious about a modular Mac Pro.
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    Upgrading the battery and airport card make sense.

    Spending a lot of money on a larger hard drive... doesn't.
     
  8. Gesturthor macrumors member

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    You should maybe just look into buying an external hard drive for storage it is alot cheaper then buying a new ssd, but there is the downside of limited speed.
     
  9. thinkinblue613 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the advice, everybody. Will certainly keep things in mind, I agree its sensible to limit the spending anytime possible.

    I put orders in for a battery and airport card -- do the install sometime this week. Stoked for the new parts!
     

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