Base MBP with SSD?

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  1. AppleFan922 macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2010
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    I plan on buying a 13" MBP with a SSD thru apple. Am I better off buying it CTO, or putting one in myself? I have never replaced a harddrive, is it hard to do? I also plan on upgrading the memory myself to 8GB, but that's simple enough. Any thoughts or suggestions?
  2. tekkietekkie macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2010
    if you can replace the memory replacing the HD is just as easy its just another couple of screws its simple

    for performance aftermarket SSD's are faster (most of them anyway) and certainly cheaper but as far realability you always have support from apple if you get theirs
  3. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    I agree. Overall, after buying the drive, you'll come out even or saving money by buying separate. You're paying the extra for the SSD but you also do not get the included HD; by getting the baseline storage (and RAM), you can buy everything separate and just have extra, for cheap.
  4. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    Buy everything aftermarket. Do you have a microcenter near you? That place is great for computer parts. If not, I'd go on TigerDirect or Newegg.

    The SSD that Apple provides is only SATA II. If you want the fastest speeds, buy a SATA III.
  5. tekkietekkie macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2010
    microcenter is awesome ! they have all the OCZ SSD's on sale right now I just got one there a few days ago on the base MBP and holy crap what a difference

    the stock HD was around 70MBs read/write now with the agility 3 120GB I am getting 480MBs write / 460Mbs read

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