Question about 13" MBP.

jg216

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I am ordering online the higher end 13" MBP. The 750gb hard drive is extremely large and will suffice completely. However, I am interested in the solid state drive. The options are 128gb and 256gb. I have a large external HD that has 320gb, and i dont mind using it. So should is the solid state drive really much more reliable and better than a regular 750 gb hd?
 

jg216

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Jun 13, 2012
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Thanks! Now should I spend the extra cash for the 256gb ssd? or is the 128gb enough if i have my external hd?
 

Zwikker

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May 28, 2012
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I asked the same question earlier today and came to the conclusion that it's better to stick with 750gb HDD then upgrade it to a 256gb SSD. It's not pricy to go this way + you will get to keep the 750gb HDD.
 

mohsy90

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My suggestion, DO NOT get the higher end MBP. Buy the base model and upgrade the RAM and SSD yourself by buying through a third party like newegg or amazon.

Get 8GB Ram and 256GB SSD and you will notice a drastic speed increase.

The upgrade in the processor is not worth the $300....these are the exact words from a veteran Apple genius I went to for my last 2011 MBP purchase.
 

iBookG4user

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If you don't use the SuperDrive then you could grab this and put the 500GB HDD the MacBook Pro comes with in there and then grab a third party SSD for the hard drive spot. I have 3 OCZ Vertex SSDs in my Mac Pro and they've been running great. You can get them on www.newegg.com for a good price.
 

mohsy90

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Also if your not going to use the optical drive, buy an optibay and put the original HDD in it. Use the SSD for the OS/Apps and store all your files on the HDD.

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If you don't use the SuperDrive then you could grab this and put the 500GB HDD the MacBook Pro comes with in there and then grab a third party SSD for the hard drive spot. I have 3 OCZ Vertex SSDs in my Mac Pro and they've been running great. You can get them on www.newegg.com for a good price.
my exact words...lol
 

Zwikker

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May 28, 2012
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Wow this is a great idea. How exacty are we suppose to do this tho? And also is there any negative affects of using a 3rd party item on the computer?

Also if your not going to use the optical drive, buy an optibay and put the original HDD in it. Use the SSD for the OS/Apps and store all your files on the HDD.

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my exact words...lol
 

iBookG4user

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Jun 27, 2006
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Wow this is a great idea. How exacty are we suppose to do this tho? And also is there any negative affects of using a 3rd party item on the computer?
The new 13" might be slightly different than this, but it should be pretty similar. Follow the guide here. And no, no negative effects from using the caddy, I've used then several times before and never had an issue. When I get my non-retina 15" I'm going to go this route.
 

Zwikker

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May 28, 2012
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I just bookmarked this. Thanks for the detailed answer, appreciate it.
The new 13" might be slightly different than this, but it should be pretty similar. Follow the guide here. And no, no negative effects from using the caddy, I've used then several times before and never had an issue. When I get my non-retina 15" I'm going to go this route.
 

mohsy90

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Wow this is a great idea. How exacty are we suppose to do this tho? And also is there any negative affects of using a 3rd party item on the computer?
No there is no negative effect using third party items. Apple essentially uses third party items too, but obviously come labeled for Apple. They use toshiba/hitachi HDD and samsung ram. You can buy original equipment at http://www.macsales.com , but it is priced usually higher than other companies. They will work the same.

Definitely use the ifixit.com guides. They show you how to install everything and even have tools for sale that you might need. I believe Apple is now using their proprietary Pentalobe screws
 

iBookG4user

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$1199 - Macbook

$215 - 256 Gb SDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148443

$56.99 - 8GB RAM : http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/1333DDR3S08S/

= 1470.99 - Still cheaper than higher end 13" MBP and will be considerably fast with these upgrade
I'm grabbing the Sandisk Extreme SSD (this one), it's about the same price but should be faster and it's using the sandforce controller which doesn't slow down as much as the SSD is used over the months and years.

I just bookmarked this. Thanks for the detailed answer, appreciate it.
You're welcome, glad I could help :)
 

Zwikker

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May 28, 2012
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Do the 13" support 16gb of ram? At the same time is the difference between an i5 and i7 noticable when you run autocad, solid and etc applications?
Basically, What are the benefits of gettin an i7 and not an i5?
Sorry if I'm going out of topic but I'm sure the owner of the topic would love to hear your answer.
Thank you.
$1199 - Macbook

$215 - 256 Gb SDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148443

$56.99 - 8GB RAM : http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/1333DDR3S08S/

= 1470.99 - Still cheaper than higher end 13" MBP and will be considerably fast with these upgrade
 

mohsy90

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Feb 4, 2011
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Do the 13" support 16gb of ram? At the same time is the difference between an i5 and i7 noticable when you run autocad, solid and etc applications?
Basically, What are the benefits of gettin an i7 and not an i5?
Sorry if I'm going out of topic but I'm sure the owner of the topic would love to hear your answer.
Thank you.
I think it's maxed out at 8GB. Only difference is a faster processor. If you have $300 to easily spend for the upgrade then go ahead. From what I have read it's not worth it and it's more feasible to get the i5 base model and just upgrade the SSD and RAM from the $300 you'll be saving.
 

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