is macbook pro 2011 15" i7 relevant if i upgrade certain stuff?

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  1. koban4max macrumors 68000

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    like ssd drive
    I already have 8gig ram

    anything else that i can upgrade...

    mainly for music/video editing

    and games....

    what say you? provide with rationale please...Thank you.
     
  2. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely. An SSD will make it feel like a new computer. A 512GB Crucial M4 will run you ~$350.

    Assuming yours is a quad-core (15" model) CPU, it's only about 30% slower than the latest MPBs. Significant, but hardly night and day.

    Upgrading to an SSD is easy and should give you at least another year of use out of that machine.
     
  3. koban4max thread starter macrumors 68000

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    forgot to tell it's late 2011....still same?
     
  4. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

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    Even better! ;)

    Seriously, that machine mops the floor with the 2010 MBP I would still be using, had it not been stolen. Unless you plan on "going 4K" within the next year, you should be able to get by just fine with that machine.

    And I can't stress this enough: the SSD is, bar-none, the most drastic upgrade you could ever do. You will not recognize your computer.
     
  5. koban4max thread starter macrumors 68000

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    HAHA thanks so much buddy.:D
     
  6. koban4max thread starter macrumors 68000

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    by the way once i change ssd and if i want use super duper to transfer..will i be able to do internet recovery install on ssd?
     
  7. simani macrumors newbie

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    I upgraded my ram to 4 and got a samsung ssd, on a 2008 early white macbook......still as good as new, and more revalent than ever.
     
  8. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    Get the samsung evo it's very fast. I think it's evo 840 or something.
     
  9. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

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    I've completely forgotten which program I used when I swapped in the SSD... I just remember it being incredibly easy--from both a hardware and software standpoint. (I think I just followed the tutorial from the Crucial website, actually.)
     
  10. psxtreme macrumors member

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    I also have a late-2011 MBP quad core i7 and recently bought a samsung 840 pro and this thing flies now. The only thing I wish I had was USB3, other than that I expect this machine last a few more years.
     
  11. john123 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, bang for your buck, the 840 EVO is the way to go. I'm still very high on the Crucial M4 and used it in exactly the same model MBP we're talking about here, but the Samsung is better than it and the M500.

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    I'm not sure if SD works yet (just checked and it wasn't clear), but CCC claims to be up-to-date with Mavericks support and doesn't say anything about the Recovery partition being excluded.
     
  12. koban4max thread starter macrumors 68000

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    or if it was mountain lion or whichever...i'm just making a point...does it affect recovery internet installation? :)
     
  13. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a

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    Even though Apple advertised max RAM in those models as 8GB they should be able to use 16GB.

    Definitely get a SSD first though.
     
  14. koban4max thread starter macrumors 68000

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    i was thinking about that...

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    will do.
     
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  16. john123 macrumors 68000

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    Assuming it's up to date (which is why I brought it up), no, it should restore those partitions and make everything hunky-dory with internet installs going forward.
     
  17. koban4max thread starter macrumors 68000

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    thanks john...what you mean by up to date?
     
  18. john123 macrumors 68000

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    That's what I was saying earlier, about Mavericks compatibility. They have to update their software to properly deal with the recovery partition (which of course, in turn, lets you do internet recovery and so on). Obviously, both SD and CCC will be updated, but as of right now, it appears only CCC is guaranteed to work.
     
  19. koban4max thread starter macrumors 68000

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    i'll be buying ssd ...didn't know i had to install...a driver?
     
  20. john123 macrumors 68000

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    No, there are no drivers. I think maybe we're talking about two different things. I'm talking about using SD or CCC to restore your recovery partition, which you will ostensibly have backed up from your HDD. I think you're just talking about the internet recovery piece, which is actually separate and not affected by any of this.
     
  21. koban4max thread starter macrumors 68000

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    here's the situation...i'm planning to purchase my first samsung ssd... and i know that i have to use cloner..or super duper to transfer my whole stuff with 500 gigs to the new Ssd. I was wondering if anything happens that i can use internet recovery restoration provided by apple...that was my concern. I never transferred to new drive before...
     
  22. koppie644 macrumors regular

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    Sandy Bridge is almost as fast as Ivy Bridge. A 512GB SSD will make it super fast
     
  23. koban4max thread starter macrumors 68000

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    late 2011 is ivy bridge or sandy? i'm so confused...sorry for me being a noob....haven't kept much news as of late.
     
  24. john123 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, you'll be able to use the internet recovery feature. That part is actually not stored on your hard drive or SSD. It'll work no problem.

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    2011 is Sandy Bridge. Ivy Bridge slipped to 2012.
     
  25. koban4max thread starter macrumors 68000

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    thanks john for clearing the issue...lol..i was like.. "how am i going to do factory restore.."HAHa..
     

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