Macbook pro Early 2011 - Which OSX version?

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  1. fake.user.user3, Sep 22, 2016
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    fake.user.user3 macrumors newbie

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    Hi all.
    I use a MacBook Pro with OSX 10.7.5 for work and relax.
    I would like to update to an higher version of the OS, because a lot of software and updates require it.
    Which version of OSX should I update to with this hardware:

    MacBook pro, early 2011,
    Processor: 2,3 Ghz Intel Core i5
    Memory: 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    Video: Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB
    ?

    I obviously will upgrade only if it to run smoothly ;)

    Thanks
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    If you want to use either El Capitan or Sierra, I suggest you put an SSD into it, and bump up the RAM to 8gb...
     
  3. satinsilverem2 macrumors 6502a

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  4. fake.user.user3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your responses.
    Have you any experience with Mountain Lion and Mavericks? They will probably suffice. If I could install one these and avoid to update the hardware it would be better...
     
  5. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    I had Mountain Lion on a late 2011 MBP with 4 Gb RAM & the stock 5400 RPM spinner and it was fine. I also moved on to Mavericks on the same MBP, but felt performance was lagging so I increased the Ram & added a SSD and it worked great. Like previously suggested by satinsilverem2, I got the biggest performance boost from the SSD.
     
  6. fake.user.user3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, I understand. I will opt for mountain lion then, at least for now.
    Thank you all for the info and the help guys.
     
  7. mjohansen macrumors regular

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    I have the same spec. I replaced the HDD with a SSD and Sierra is running very smoothly.
     

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