Tips on 'renovating' my macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Antidoll, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. Antidoll macrumors regular

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    I've had my Macbook for couple years now... It was amazing when I first got it, but recently I've noticed it freezing a lot... it's slower, etc...

    Anything I can do to get it back into "top shape"?

    Here are the stats btw:

    OS version 10.8.5

    Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7

    Memory 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3

    Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB



    Thanks
     
  2. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    Is there an SSD in there? Because that would change everything.
     
  3. *~Kim~* macrumors 6502

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    Upgrade the RAM to at least 8GB, and install an SSD as above.
     
  4. revalationist macrumors member

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    Wouldn't. SDDs allow data access faster. They DO NOT increase the overall speed of the computer.
     
  5. jlluna macrumors 6502

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    I installed a ssd solid state drive on my 2009 MacBook Pro and upgraded the memory on it just before I sold it. And it was way faster after the upgrades. Faster than when I first got it.
     
  6. calviin macrumors regular

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    It would as it would remove the bottleneck that the HDD has right now. I upgraded to an SSD and boot time is <20 seconds where as it might take a minute plus to boot up with an HDD. It really depends on what kind of applications you run. If it's HDD dependent like PS or FCP, then it'll make a night and day difference. If it's something like Chrome, then it'll probably be reliant on your network and CPU. But an SSD really helps make a difference without shelling out money for a new processor/computer.
     
  7. ano0oj macrumors 6502

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    Your second statement contradicts with the first. Of course SSDs improve the overall speed of your machine, faster boot times, applicants load much faster, transfers are a lot quicker.
     
  8. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a

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    As the overall speed of the computer includes booting up, opening applications, writing and reading files; it would definitely speed up the overall speed of the computer.

    It wouldn't speed up number crunching, compiling and the like that aren't dependent upon drive access as much.

    I am actually looking to do the same with my 2012 cMBP (i7, 16GB ram, 500GB). It should help mine as well since the drive that is in there is a 5400rpm drive.
     
  9. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    Most users are are I/O bound, not CPU bound. Unless you're editing video or similar tasks the CPU won't be used that much.

    I love my SSD, it's been the best upgrade I've ever done to a computer.
     
  10. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a

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    I would upgrade the memory to 16GB and it is a relatively cheap and good bang for you buck.

    I am in the same boat with the SSD as well and after experiencing the wife's new MBA with the SSD I am definitely going to put one in my MBP to pep it up some.
     
  11. Antidoll thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm sorry... I'm not sure what an SSD is and how to upgrade my ram? :confused:
     
  12. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a

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    SSD is a Solite State Drive which is immensely faster than a typical HDD. I am getting ready to upgrade my 2012 MBP with a Samsung 840, Pro or Evo.

    Upgrading the memory is an even simpler upgrade and will help you run more applications concurrently. It give you more "breathing" room and keeps you from paging out to the Hard Drive when you have a lot of applications open. Memory is pretty cheap. I would put 8GB in it at least and maybe even 16GB if yours support it. I am guessing it is a 2011 since it has the Intel HD Graphics 3000 in it. My 2012 has the 4000 in it as well a discrete Nvidia Geforce 650M.

    There are tons of videos on youtube that discusses both upgrades. The Solid State Drive would probably be the most noticeable. With bootup speeds, and application opening speeds. My wife's MBA boots up in about 5-10 seconds I believe.

    Replacing Drive : http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Replaci...ibody+Late+2011+Hard+Drive+Replacement/7513/1

    Upgrading Memory : http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Replacing+MacBook+Pro+15-Inch+Unibody+Late+2011+RAM/7529/1
     
  13. Antidoll thread starter macrumors regular

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    wow that sounds pretty amazing... Any idea how much these upgrades would cost in total approximately?
     
  14. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a

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    16GB RAM = $163


    The SSD Drive depends on what you want size and model wise.

    Prices on Amazon :

    250GB EVO is $178
    500GB EVO is $334

    256GB Pro is $225
    512GB Pro is $430
     
  15. Antidoll thread starter macrumors regular

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    wow that's not expensive at all! Thanks I'll look into it
     
  16. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah the Memory is SUPER easy to do and is a great cheap upgrade that you can basically open up whatever you want and never have to work about running out of memory.

    The SSD will increase any drive access tremendously. Boot Times, Application Startup, and Video Editing, installation of applications located on the downloads folder and anything that accesses the hard drive will gain serious improvements.

    Wife's MBA showed me the beauty of the SSD. Should help with the internal temp as well and the battery life slightly as well since there are no moving parts.
     
  17. zhaf macrumors newbie

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    Might we worth checking what model you have. Older models can only have max 8GB ram. I don't know when they changed from max 8 to max 16. But it says in the "System Profiler" which you can access from "About This Mac".
     
  18. Antidoll thread starter macrumors regular

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    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)? that's the one I have... can it take 8 or 16?
     
  19. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a

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    Going by his specs (HD3000 and i7) it is a 2011 model and both the early and late 2011 Macbook Pros support 16GB.

    But yes definitely double check the model before ordering.

    I bought 16GB Crucial for my 2012 MBP. Now to order the SSD.
     
  20. Antidoll thread starter macrumors regular

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    I checked a website and it said Apple officially says mine can take up to 8, but non-officially it can take up to 16 GB...

    so I guess I order two 8 GB rams.
     
  21. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I believe my iMAC at the time only officially supports 16GB, but you can put 32GB. Though I went with 16GB as the cost for 32GB at the time was quite a bit more.

    You should be good with 2 x 8GB. If you go to Crucial.com and put in your model it will tell you what it can support.
     
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    That and much more on today's episode of "This Old Mac".
     
  25. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

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    But since almost everything you do on a computer is going to be bottlenecked by data access from the drive, it will give the appearance of increasing the overall speed significantly.
     

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