SSD for old MB sufficient?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Minihobel, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. Minihobel macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I'm currently thinking about buying a new macbook pro or just upgrading my old one (Mid 2012) with an SSD.

    (----- Current MB specs: 13", 2,5ghz i5, 16gb 1333mhz ddr3, intel graphics 4000 1024mb -----)

    I'm going to spend the second half of 2015 in China (as an intern) but I still need to work a bit on my macbook because I won't have any other desktop pc over there.
    However, after installing Yosemite etc on my current MB, it got extremely slow and sometimes I can't even reboot (it simply doesn't/can't shut down). It's just very annoying doing anything with it.

    So my question for you guys is, if you have an idea if upgrading it with a nice SSD would be enough or not? I wouldn't intend to game on this thing... just watching movies, working (word/excel/pages/numbers/powerpoint/keynote) and doing "normal" private stuff.

    Any comments on that? or even experiences with a similar situation?

    Thanks in advance :)!
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Yes an SSD will utterly transform it basically, nothing you do requires any better specs. Go with a samsung 850 EVO or a Crucial MX200 for the best bang for your buck.
     
  3. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Yes, no question, get an SSD.

    And don't clone the system, since you can't shut down. A simple reinstall will most likely fix it.
     
  4. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    It would depend mostly on your usage, and with what you have listed it sounds like a SSD would be a good choice instead of upgrading the unit as a whole. I can speak for this personally as my main notebook is a 2010 MBP with the RAM and SSD upgraded and it still handles moderately intensive programs and heavy multi-tasking about 5 years later.

    Good luck to you on your internship!
     
  5. Minihobel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks guys;)
    Your opinion here at MR is much appreciated!
     
  6. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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