Customizing my Macbook Pro. 3rd party or apple?

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  1. macwow55 macrumors newbie

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    Hi Everyone,

    I am getting the macbook pro 15inch 2.66 (i7)

    I want to customize it to have 8GB Ram as well as either the 7200rpm drive upgrade OR SSD (still deciding).

    Questions:

    Do you recommend 3rd party products when customizing?
    Is it difficult to upgrade / install these things items? (RAM / HD)
    I am pretty good at following installation instructions etc but have never done it with a computer before.

    Can you recommend third party vendors? Do you recommend OWC?

    Does installing 3rd party void warranty?

    Thanks for your advice.
     
  2. Tiki35 macrumors 6502

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    Definitely go third party for both the RAM and the SSD upgrade.
    I would for sure recommend the Intel SSD G2. You can get that from Newegg and you can get the RAM from macsales.com.
    Neither will void your warranty, but if you did have to return it for service, put back the stock hard drive before doing so.

    Both are super simple to install.
     
  3. macwow55 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Customizing my Macbook Pro. 3rd party or apple?

    Hi Tiki35,

    Thanks for the response. Do i have to keep my original apple RAM? I am asking because, with educational discount, It works out to eb the same as ordering from OWC - the difference being though that If i ordered from OWC i could keep the original apple ram and sell it.

    Any advice here?

    ALSO,

    What about the OWC SSD drive? They seem to get amazing reviews.
     
  4. Tiki35 macrumors 6502

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    I would sell the old RAM to offset the price of the new RAM. Don't have any experience with the OWC SSD's, but I have read good things too. I have the 80GB Intel G2 which is more tried and true. I have had no issues with it and performance is excellent.
    When you do your upgrades, you will need a Phillips #00 screwdriver and Torx #6 for the SSD.
     
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