Help me choose SSD and RAM brand for my 2009 MBP

House Crasher

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Hi all,

Time to upgrade my trusty 2009 15" MBP. Just bought the 11" MBA Ultimate and I'm so blown away at the speed that it's time to refresh the pro.

Simply put either 256 or 512 works, and 8 gig ram. Many brands out there to choose, money no object, what would you pick?

Thanks a bunch
 

basesloaded190

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RAM doesn't really make a difference what brand you get. Anything with good reviews at newegg should work fine.

SSD many either pick the M4, or the Samsung 830. I personally would go with this 830 for both speed and reliability.
 

user418

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Aug 22, 2010
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Hi all,

Time to upgrade my trusty 2009 15" MBP. Just bought the 11" MBA Ultimate and I'm so blown away at the speed that it's time to refresh the pro.

Simply put either 256 or 512 works, and 8 gig ram. Many brands out there to choose, money no object, what would you pick?

Thanks a bunch
RAM doesn't really make a difference what brand you get. Anything with good reviews at newegg should work fine.

SSD many either pick the M4, or the Samsung 830. I personally would go with this 830 for both speed and reliability.

I agree with previous poster. Can't go wrong with the Samsung 830. Check around the various sites for the SSD as prices and sales tend to vary. Also, Amazon.com is a good place to check for the RAM. Corsair has been a choice of many here on MR, Including myself.
 

snoylekim

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I agree with previous poster. Can't go wrong with the Samsung 830. Check around the various sites for the SSD as prices and sales tend to vary. Also, Amazon.com is a good place to check for the RAM. Corsair has been a choice of many here on MR, Including myself.

Upgraded a mid 2009 2.66 2 months ago .. Crucial 2 4 Gig sticks .. Samsung 256 830 .. Chose Samsung based on research of how well this played with the Nvidia Storage Controller and The EFI 1.7 upgrade ..It doesn't use the Sandforce Controller, and had a rep for reliability w/ this config .. so far, so good ..
It's not a heavy duty primary machine anymore, but this upgrade definitely worth the money ..
 

maxwelltech

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For SSD nearly everyone of them will work. The three SSDs that I will buy personally are Crucial m4, Samsung 830, and SanDisk Extreme. These three drives offers the perfect combination of performance, reliability and price. OCZ drive have the fastest benchmarks but they are not very reliable, so I don't recommend them.
For RAM I recommend this Crucial RAM http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-CT2CP51264BC1067-204-PIN-PC3-8500-SODIMM/dp/B001MX5YWI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344570698&sr=8-1&keywords=8gb+ram NOTE: no matter what ram you choose, make sure it is 1066mhz, or you will probably ran into issues
 

T5BRICK

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I haven't bought a SSD yet, but I did recently upgrade my RAM. I have always had good luck with Corsair.

I went with this set. and it works great in my mid-2009 13" model.
 

noodile

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Guess I missed the sale. The link comes up as $229 for the kit and $219 for the SSD.


Poster forgot to say:

Coupon code "EMGEE1515" slashes it to $189.99. With free shipping,

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I'd personally go with the samsung 830. (i'm getting one when i see it around 160-180 or by mid-september max) its been around $200 on offers these past few days.


Follow SSD offers @ http://dealnews.com/c625/Computers/Storage/SSDs/


as for alternatives, if you really dont want a samsung 830. How about maybe a Kingston Hyper X or an intel 520. (read good reviews, but nothing from personal experience).
 

zuckuss00

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Jun 23, 2012
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I went with a Samsung 830 SSD 256GB and upgraded the RAM with a Crucial 8GB 1333 MHz kit. Zero problems and it turned my already quick MacBook into a lightning bolt.
 

user418

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Poster forgot to say:

Coupon code "EMGEE1515" slashes it to $189.99. With free shipping,

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I'd personally go with the samsung 830. (i'm getting one when i see it around 160-180 or by mid-september max) its been around $200 on offers these past few days.


Follow SSD offers @ http://dealnews.com/c625/Computers/Storage/SSDs/


as for alternatives, if you really dont want a samsung 830. How about maybe a Kingston Hyper X or an intel 520. (read good reviews, but nothing from personal experience).

Thanks for the coupon code and website info. I think the price of the 830 will get even lower. Maybe I'm cheap, but I plan to wait a little longer before I take the plunge.