Need help with buying bigger SSD and RAM for 15''.

Apple-NoEscape

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Ok I'm planning on buying a new 15'' macbook pro is probably the best as I figure that is probably the best size to carry around.

http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MC371LL/A?mco=MTc0Njg1OTY

So I would opt for this base model as its the cheapest seeing as it has the smallest ram and hardrive.


I then want to purchase a

8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
512GB Solid State Drive

and install it myself, as I have been told that would work out much cheaper.

However I am at a loss as to where to buys these and if I am even looking at the right one.

Can anyone help on them last two points, keeping in mind I am in the UK.



p.s this is my friend typing, the one mentioned in my last thread, he is really paranoid about signing up for forums (I know its wierd) so I have allowed him to use my account to ask this.
 

frunkis54

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Ok I'm planning on buying a new 15'' macbook pro is probably the best as I figure that is probably the best size to carry around.

http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MC371LL/A?mco=MTc0Njg1OTY

So I would opt for this base model as its the cheapest seeing as it has the smallest ram and hardrive.


I then want to purchase a

8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
512GB Solid State Drive

and install it myself, as I have been told that would work out much cheaper.

However I am at a loss as to where to buys these and if I am even looking at the right one.

Can anyone help on them last two points, keeping in mind I am in the UK.



p.s this is my friend typing, the one mentioned in my last thread, he is really paranoid about signing up for forums (I know its wierd) so I have allowed him to use my account to ask this.
crucial is a great place to buy RAM online. As for the SSD im not really sure havent messed with one.
 

Apple-NoEscape

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If you want 8 gigs of ram then look no further than here: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/8566DDR3S8GP/

$270 for 8 gigs!
Thanks :D
EDIT: Just noticed the big american flag at the top of that page, I'm going to take a stab in the dark and assume they don't ship to the uk? :(



Let's say I wanted to just get a HDD drive and not an SDD drive (seeing as the speed increase probably isn't worth the money*) how much could I get a 500GB one or a 1tb one?


After that I will price it up and see if it really is worth me buying the parts after and installing them myself.

*can anyone with a SDD confirm that suspicion?

P.s if it makes any difference I have decided to go with the 2.66GHz model.
 

Aboo

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Thanks :D




Let's say I wanted to just get a HDD drive and not an SDD drive (seeing as the speed increase probably isn't worth the money*) how much could I get a 500GB one or a 1tb one?


After that I will price it up and see if it really is worth me buying the parts after and installing them myself.

*can anyone with a SDD confirm that suspicion?

P.s if it makes any difference I have decided to go with the 2.66GHz model.
Seeing as you are in the UK, you would need to find a retailer that ships overseas. As far as I know, OWC/Macsales do ship stuff overseas. They will of course charge you the shipping costs, and you may be liable for customs duties once it lands in your home country.

For a 512GB SSD, its hard to come across these at retail outlets. I believe most of them are shipping only to OEMs. Here is a 480 GB SSD:

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/internal_storage/Mercury_Extreme_SSD_Sandforce/Solid_State_Pro

Note that at this stage, it still costs an arm and a leg (1600 USD).

For hard drives, look here:

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/hard-drives/2.5-Notebook/

You can pick up a 1TB HD for about 200 USD + shipping and handling.

For Memory look here:

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_MacBook_MacBook_Pro/Upgrade/DDR3

Good Luck!
 

Apple-NoEscape

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http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/8566DDR3S8GP/
This does seem to be the best RAM I can get, so I will probably go with it. Also now that I have realised the site is American so the price is in dollars (blame my tiredness for not realising) that is a rather large saving.

And apparently wd are the only company that does a 1tb HDD
http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Western Digital/WD10TPVT/


How much of a performance decrease would you see with a 5200rpm as apposed to a smaller harddrive that is 7200rpm?


Ovbiously being as paranoid as I am I will look up reviews on that site as I never trust a website I have only just came across with credit card details.
 

J&JPolangin

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...OWC is a site that's been around for a while and lots of the forum use them... they also just slightly lowered the prices on their smaller SSD's... (maybe now I'll get one for my whitebook)...
 

Apple-NoEscape

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...OWC is a site that's been around for a while and lots of the forum use them... they also just slightly lowered the prices on their smaller SSD's... (maybe now I'll get one for my whitebook)...
Yeah I looked it up oh google and it hasn't got one complaint to it's name. Well apart from the usual 'my ... came late' 'arrived and was damaged' etc but that can be expected from any online store.
 

Apple-NoEscape

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Just priced it all up and I don't know if buying the parts afterwards ans installing myself would be worth it.
All together after buying the parts myself it would cost: £2,219
Getting it preinstalled would cost £2,278.99

However saying that I would be getting 500 extra gig if I bought it afterwards.
 

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