Lookin' to upgrade my MBP , any help ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Goohfy, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. Goohfy macrumors regular

    Goohfy

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    Hey guys I've noticed as of late that my MBP (Mid 2010) has been slowing up here and there as of late. I obviously know first things always to reinstall OSX which I will do most likely tomorrow. I am definitely interested in upgrading it though. Everything is still stock, and I know I can upgrade the RAM. Would doing something of that sort revive it a bit ? I would like for this computer to last with me for a few more years. Please help, thanks.
     
  2. rick3000 macrumors 6502a

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    I was able to breath new life into my 2009 MBP with a bump from 4GB to 8GB of RAM, and a SSD. (I actually did dual drives, which is awesome and highly recommended.) It made everything snappier, and should give you at least a year before you start to envy a newer computer.
     
  3. Goohfy thread starter macrumors regular

    Goohfy

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    Do you guys prefer a specific brand ? How much would it cost and where can I find it ?
     
  4. Agent-P macrumors 68030

    Agent-P

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    For RAM or SSDs? I have used both Kingston and Patriot RAM in the past (in a couple of different computers) without any problems. As for SSDs, there's a huge stickied thread where they are discussing the best SSD to use. I used an Intel x25-m SSD in my 2010 MBP and it worked brilliantly. In general I've heard Intel SSDs to be pretty reliable.
     
  5. spronkey macrumors newbie

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    Upgrading to an SSD should be your first consideration. That'll make a gigantic difference if you're still on a standard HDD. I upgraded my 2008 Unibody 15" from 2GB to 4GB ram and from a 5400RPM 250GB HDD to a Crucial M4 256GB SSD. It felt like a new machine afterwards.

    In terms of SSDs, I'm pretty sure the 2010 models are still only SATA-II, so max of 300MB/sec, so I would probably advise against paying extra for a "performance"-oriented SSD model such as the Intel 5xx series, as you won't see the full benefit.

    For memory, I usually use Kingston or Corsair and can recommend both. Corsair have better warranties here so they're my #1 choice usually.

    For SSDs, I can strongly recommend the Crucial drives, I have four of them and they've been bulletproof. I can also recommend Intel, and Samsung, though I'm slightly skeptical of Samsung's non-Pro 840 drives, as they use triple layer NAND, which may not have the same endurance, though this will be a nonissue for normal home use.
     
  6. Goohfy thread starter macrumors regular

    Goohfy

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    Ok sounds good. So check out SSD's first ? That will make much more of a difference as compared to RAM ?
     

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