MacBook massive upgrade.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by comda, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. comda macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011

    Im currently the owner of a White macbook. Running snow leopard and windows 7 home premium. Im going to school in the fall and wanted to know if adding a SSD is a good investment on it. I need a new battery on it as well as the original one is 6.5 years old 800 cycles and at about 45% health.. and last dropped to 36%... Current specs are:
    intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2Ghz
    4gb DDr2 Ram (original 1gb)
    750gb seagate barracuda HDD (original 120gb )

    I was thinking a 240Gb SSD.. and installing mountain lion through ML post factor. Good idea? Will it run smooth and keep up? I mainly want to use the computer for what im currently using it.. Office, the web, itunes, some imovie, photoshop adobe Ai, and obviously dual boot with my Windows 7 HP..

    For a battery.. Apple has new OEMs for $129.99 or i can go with one my shop is offering for $65.. is it worth to pay for the OEM model really?

    or should i finally give it up and buy a new one? i dont really want to.. id like to keep using this one through university as its been an amazing little computer and i dont believe i need anything stronger for what i do...
  2. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    I think you have a pretty decent machine. Just install a SSD, upgrade it to Lion and enjoy. Your computer supports up to 6GB of RAM, but I think you'll lose dual channel decreasing your internal graphics performance. Snow Leopard is still pretty good too, unless you need some app which has Lion as a minimum requirement.
  3. comda thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    Alright sweet. but isnt Lion kinda slow? i wanted to try mountain lion using the Ml post factor hack on it. what do you think ML post Factor Users? will it keep up?
  4. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Here's what I would do.

    240gb SSD. Preferably from Crucial or Samsung

    Keep the RAM where it's at if you value you graphics performance (really shouldn't make a whole lot of difference as the graphics aren't really fast enough to take advantage of much RAM anyway) or max it out to 6gb if you value multitasking

    Go with the $65 battery from your shop as those generally seem to work fine. Hell you could get two for almost the same price and then you'd have a fully functional spare and a partially functional spare. Just my thoughts.

    Clean install of ML.

    With all of those upgrades your system will feel like new.
  5. comda thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    ok. but isnt the apple battery better? And whats wrong with a Kingston SSD? I want the most speed i can get out of this little thing. I love it and want to keep using it.
  6. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    If it has a SATA-I bus, you won't get any higher speeds than around 160MB/s. I wouldn't invest in a high-end SSD since even a cheap SATA-III PNY XLR8 is capable of using the entire SATA-I bandwidth.
    About Kingston: it's not the most battery-saving one, while it's usually as expensive as way better SSDs. Also, it uses a SandForce controller which is not an unanimous choice in terms of reliability (the PNY also uses Sandforce if I'm not wrong). So prefer you'll better prefer a Samsung 840 EVO or a Crucial MX/M500/M550 series.
  7. Nameci, Jul 12, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2014

    Nameci macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    And what's the most power efficient SSD with SATA-II?

    I have an Intel 320 SSD from roughly 2 years ago on my early '08 black macbook, 4GB of RAM and a cheap battery from where I am now (China). Battery costs 25USD. Works perfect, I get around 4 hours per charge on normal use case.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2014
    I'm doing a similar upgrade with a hiccup.

    I'm doing the same kinds of upgrades to the memory and storage in an older MacBook and am now having trouble with the install. It gets hung up / frozen on the "Preparing to install" screen. I'm not sure if I should be posting this as a standalone or picking the brains of those I know have gone through this sort of upgrade.

    Here's what I'm working with:
    MacBook 13.2", late 2006.
    2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo White
    s/n W87070YKWGL.
    Model: MA700LL/A

    RAM: Crucial 4GB Kit (2GBx2) DDR2 667MHz (PC2-5300) CL5 SODIMM 200-Pin Notebook Memory Modules CT2KIT25664AC667

    SSD:Crucial M500 240GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm Internal Solid State Drive CT240M500SSD1

    So, I guess this is a multi-part question. The original hard drive has long been dead and I'm basically working from scratch. I purchased OSX Lion online and then, using an 8g thumb drive, created a bootable USB for the install. The new SSD was formatted with a GUID partition using an external enclosure and my iMac. I chose Lion because I read that it will recognize the 4g of ram I installed. Is my problem the OS, the SSD, the MB itself, or the memory?
    I tried reformatting the drive and digging around online for solutions, but maybe I'm not using the right search words.
    Can someone help me troubleshoot?

    Here are a few pics to show what I'm working with:

    A different forum suggested the SSD is incompatible (Crucial has told me this SSD is compatible with my MB). Others cite Lion being the problem and TRIM being unsupported. Seems the SATA is simply limited to SATA1 and not incompatible. I've read about Lion being successfully installed on other MB here, and, as I understand it, TRIM is something I'll deal with after install. Of course, I'm likely wrong about any part of this. Thanks for the help!

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