Late 2008 Macbook pro in need of some love

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  1. Grolubao macrumors 65816

    Grolubao

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    Hi guys,

    So my Macbook bro Late 2008 4gb RAM was so slow when I updated to Mavericks that I decided to uninstall it and put snow leopard back on. It's fast but I miss iMessage and let alone all the goodies that are coming with Yosemite.

    Do you reckon updating my HDD to an SSD 512 from Crucial would be a good upgrade and one that would allow me to enjoy my computer for years to come or might as well bite the bullet and accept that I should just stay with Snow Leopard?
     
  2. rapicell macrumors regular

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    An SSD would certainly up with start up/shutdown and launching apps. While you are stuck on SATAII, it'll still be a noticeable difference in speed compared to a HDD, but whether that speed is enough for you I don't know.

    Other than read/write speeds, does your macbook still do everything you need? If so, then perhaps the SSD may be worth it for you. Also, I wouldn't stay on SL since you won't get security updates anymore and it doesn't support trim (a MUST for SSDs) =\
     
  3. hexxed macrumors newbie

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    My wife is actually using this model of laptop right now (it used to be mine). Before passing it on (she wasn't sure about Macs but I have her converted now) I upgraded the RAM to 8gigs (cost about $35 at the time) and I got a Crucial M4 256GB SSD.

    The upgrades do make a big difference. It handles Mavericks without too much trouble but that Core 2 cpu is starting to lag slightly now.

    I certainly think you'll get some more life out of your machine but it won't be night and day.
     
  4. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I currently used it for light operations such browsing, HD movies, skype, evernote, etc, but even HD movies seems to crawl from time to time :/

    Other than that I already replaced the battery on the laptop and the magsafe since it burned so guess I already invested some money in the laptop thus the reason for wanting to keep it for some more years.
     
  5. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ordered the crucial MX100 512gb, let's see how it behaves :)
     
  6. hexxed macrumors newbie

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  7. leman macrumors 604

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    Its a 6 year old machine. I believe its a waste of money and effort to invest in it, but its your call.
     
  8. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Investing 190€ in a 512gb SSD which will guarantee another 3 years of my laptop seems pretty good investment, but I see your point.
     
  9. tcphoto macrumors 6502a

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    Last year, I installed a Samsung 250 SSD in my Late 2008 MBP and noticed a bump in speed. It was a welcome upgrade to go along with the 8GB of RAM that I did a couple years ago. If you don't want to spend the money on the latest, it should get you by for the next year or two.
     
  10. GhettoMrBob macrumors regular

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    I still have a mid-2007 15" that I stuck a spare SSD in. Honestly, made a world of difference. I work on client machines of the same vintage running on HD's and I can't stand how bogged down they seem to get.

    My machine is currently on 6GB RAM with that SSD and it's running the Yosemite preview without a hitch.
     
  11. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    How is it a waste? An SSD can either be sold or put into another machine.
     
  12. MTL18 macrumors regular

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    There are no guarantees on a 6 year old laptop. You are gambling that there will be no major failures and no wear/tear parts that require fixing (trackpad, keyboard, battery).

    The 512GB SSD will work on other computers, but you are gambling with that age of a computer, especially since it has resale value today.

    Hope it works out!
     
  13. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816

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    If the computer is otherwise fine and good enough for his needs, why not?

    He'll be able to enjoy Yosemite and probably even 10.11 with a much more responsive system. Not to mention a more silent and cooler machine.

    If he can buy 2 years extra that'd be a great investment.
     
  14. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Exactly my point. It's hard to justify shelling out almost $2000 for a system used mostly for web browsing and light editing. Also consider I just replaced the battery for a brand new one and a new magsafe so I already invested here because otherwise I wouldn't even have a computer, so I hope this will last other 3 years
     

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