8GB RAM or 60GB OWC SSD?

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  1. DaftMonk macrumors member

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    Hey all. I made the leap and ordered a new MacBook Pro, since my old one looks like it went through the Death Star's trash compactor (well okay, not that bad but it's still broke'd). I have a question for y'all: I have around $300 left, and I'm wondering which upgrade would be better: an 8GB RAM upgrade, or a 60GB SSD? Both would be from OWC.

    SSD: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/DDMBSSD060/

    RAM: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/8566DDR3S8GP/

    The SSD is a bit more expensive, but I have a feeling it might be the better upgrade. But I want your input!

    Thanks all. :)
     
  2. pandamonia macrumors 6502a

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    get the SSD

    also get OCZ their firmware has a higher 4k speed than other sandforce drives.
     
  3. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

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    You don’t want just an SSD in there. Especially a 60GB one.
    I suppose you could get an OptiBay and boot apps and the system from the SSD and store everything else on the hard drive, but that will add 100 bucks to the price.
     
  4. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    I'm guessing you have 4 gig of ram in there already? I'm in a similar position, definitely SSD for me. No competition there.

    you can get caddy's exactly like optibay's for 10% of the price on eBay.
    $100 is ludicrous for a a drive enclosure.
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    If 60GB is sufficient or you are planning on OptiBay setup, then get the SSD.
     
  6. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    The SSD will benefit everyone...the RAM will depend on what you do.

    I am doing a RAM upgrade because I open up some large PSD files that push over the 4GB unless I close all my other apps. The SSD would help because it would be faster than the 5400 while paging but if I am not paging in the first place (With 8GB RAM) I will have better performance.
     
  7. DaftMonk thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry, guess I should have mentioned that. I am planning on dual internals; the link for the SSD includes an optibay.
     
  8. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

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    Okay. I was too lazy to check the link. I just assumed you did your research and selected a good SSD so I didn’t bother to click through.

    Okay. What kind of apps do you run. Sometimes you really don’t need more ram. I usually max out at 75%, so I know that I really don’t need more. But anybody running anything will benefit from an SSD.

    in 90+% of cases, the SSD is the obvious choice.
     
  9. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Since you plan to go with the dual internal drives, an SSD is a no brainer.
     
  10. spacedesign911 macrumors regular

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    ssd now - ram later, your about to find out that ssd are in one word, epic

    the owc one is particularily fast, averaging 230mbs as opposed to apples 160mbs
     
  11. mulo macrumors 68020

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    the only time the SSD makes a difference is when loading apps for the first time off the drive. If you like I rarely turn your mac off the apps will usually stay in the RAM, hence making the extra speed from the SSD kinda meaningless
     
  12. chrispholt macrumors regular

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    If it matters to you, the ram will not void you warranty un like the ssd
     
  13. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

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    I believe installing an SSD in a second enclosure (optibay, etc) only voids the SuperDrive warranty.
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    It voids no warranty if you put the SuperDrive back in when sending your machine in for repair ;)
     
  15. vsighi macrumors 6502

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    Get an SSD...I hope 60 Gb will be enough for you.!? For me 128 Gb SSD was to small.:cool:
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  16. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    Upgrade the RAM and install a Momentus XT with 4GB of "self-learning" SSD-Cache instead of a real SSD, = $310.

    If you ordered a 15" or 17" MBP, you'll add the 8GB instead of replacing the existing one, gives you 12GB of RAM, btw. If you want 8GB total, you'll only need 4GB of RAM, leaves you with $210. Add $70 and get your 120GB SSD.
     
  17. avediswolf macrumors regular

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    The MBP only has 2 slots for memory. Factory has 2x2GB, so if he gets 2x4GB for 8GB, thats all he will have. The original 2 chips have to come out.
     
  18. DaftMonk thread starter macrumors member

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  19. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Good choice.

    A good thing to consider is the OCZ Vertex 2; they have one with a 60GB capacity and it's cheaper than OWC; same controller.
     

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