MBP 13: 2GB or 4GB RAM? | 250GB or 320GB

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  1. arMac macrumors newbie

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    The 2.26GHz MBP 13 offers an upgrade of 2GB to 4GB and from 160GB to 250/500GB.
    Is it ok to upgrade it directly from the store:
    2GB to 4GB for 100$
    160GB to 250/500 GB for 50/100$

    Or should I just by the base version of the MBP 13 and then buy RAM and HDD separately and upgrade it? - For this will I have to open the MBP myself and upgrade the parts or the Apple store will do it on my request?
     
  2. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    Buy the parts elsewhere. You'll save money and have parts leftover; you could put the hard drive in an enclosure and put the memory in another computer or sell it.
     
  3. arMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can you please suggest some site to buy it and a guide/tutorial to do it?
    [ I am a noob-Mac, so will take time to know things, kindly bear...]
     
  4. CoffeeWarrior macrumors regular

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    He also suggests you get Windows instead.
     
  5. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    The manual actually includes all the information you need since it's actually really simple and both parts are considered user-replaceable.

    As for parts, I would recommend newegg.com, zipzoomfly.com, tigerdirect.com, macsales.com; just buy from whomever gives you the best out-the-door price.
     
  6. arMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ??
     
  7. arMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok.
    And how to utilize the HDD which i will take out of the MBP?
     
  8. CoffeeWarrior macrumors regular

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    If you have a 2.5 enclosure you can use it for anything
     
  9. CoffeeWarrior macrumors regular

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    It's Bill Gates, what do you expect
     
  10. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    For that I recommend purchasing a FireWire 800 enclosure from one of the aforementioned websites. If FireWire 800 is too expensive, you can get lower-priced FireWire 400 or USB enclosures that will work as well, but at much lower speeds. Also keep in mind that if you get a FireWire 400 enclosure you will need a FW400 to FW800 adapter since your MBP only has one FW800 port.
     
  11. mrrippey macrumors regular

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    i paid the extra $50 for 250GB HDD, the memory I purchased from www.crucial.com for $75

    both uMBP 13" and memory comes next week. making the memory upgrade is very easy.

    I will switch out HDD later in life when SSD's come down (and they fix, hopefully the SATA 1.5 limitation)
     
  12. aleksandra. macrumors 6502a

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    Either sell it or buy an enclosure to use it as an external drive. Or put it in another laptop, if you have one with smaller drive :).

    And when you look for memory, make sure it's Mac-compatible. Some RAM out there doesn't work with Macs, for whatever reason.
     
  13. jedijoe macrumors 6502

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    +1 for newegg and macsales.com.

    2GB and 250GB.. Get memory and drive else where.

    macsales actually gives you a few dollars for your old memory in rebate form.. may save you an extra $15 or so.

    Get the WD 320/7K black drive, put the 250GB in an external case and use it for time machine / scratch..

    This is one of my favorite external cases (I wish it came in FW800 though)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817347013
     
  14. Stardotboy macrumors regular

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    I bought the 13" model with the default specs, and intended to upgrade to 4GB RAM from www.crucial.com - which worked out half the price of doing the upgrade through Apple.

    However having got the MBP and seeing how fast it is, I may not upgrade quite so soon after all! Having bought memory through Crucial before though I would recommend it. Installing it is dead easy too.
     
  15. arMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great !!
    Thanks for the encouragement :)
    Can anyone please give a link for a guide or tutorial about the upgrading of RAM?
     
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    Will a drive from the new 13" MBP work in a 1st Gen 2.16 17" MBP?

    eV
     
  18. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    Yes.
     
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  21. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

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    +1 Exactly what I'm doing too.

    However, I don't like fudging around with my Apple hardware, I prefer to upgrade in store. :eek:
     
  22. ecstasy macrumors 6502

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    Trust me, it's much easier to do it yourself.

    And yes, buy the base 13" MBP. Then if you want upgrades, buy RAM and a bigger HDD from various sites as mentioned above.

    Good luck! ;)
     
  23. Iphone3gs macrumors 6502

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    I was also hoping to do something similar. Get the base of Macbook pro 13" 2.26Ghz processor 2Gm ram and a 160Gb hardrive.

    Then later upgrade with 4Gb or 8Gb ram with also a 256Gb ssd.

    But ssd are really expensive maybe ill wait for the ssd end of the year.
     
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    I will be upgrading my new 13" MBP to 4gb ram and 500gb hdd, I'll put the old 160gb hdd into my ps3.
     
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