Upgrade Help For Novice.

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  1. flanders56 macrumors newbie

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    I have a early 2011 macbook pro 15' 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3.

    It is standard as purchased back in 2011.

    It gets used a lot and I play steam games on it. I noticed that of recent, and since gaming more and using multiple applications, it is becoming more sluggish and quite loud.

    Minimal research leads me to believe I need to upgrade my RAM to 2 x 8GB and to a 500GB SSD.

    1. Are my presumptions correct (baring in mind I want it to be as fast as possible and last another 5 years minimum)
    2. I know that the RAM change is easily done but does the SSD require a specialist to change and does this require further parts other than the SSD itself?
    3. Are there any specific brands you can advise for or against?


    Many Thanks
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    yes, you can upgrade your MBP to 16GB and 500GB of storage

    No you can do it yourself, check out ifixit.com, it details how to do this

    Check out the SSD Buyers guide
     
  3. Bruno09, May 11, 2014
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    1. Absolutely.

    2a. does the SSD require a specialist to change : NO
    2b. does this require further parts other than the SSD itself : NO, but you will need a small Phillips screwdriver + a Torx 6 screwdriver.
    See here : http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+15-Inch+Unibody+Early+2011+Hard+Drive+Replacement/5895

    3. Are there any specific brands you can advise for or against?
    Crucial and Samsung are great, I don't have tested other brands.

    Edit : ninja'd !

    To OP : you might also think SSD + HD if you don't use your Superdrive...
    Also : when the Mac is opened, check/clean the dust in fans / heat sinks.
     
  4. flanders56 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the information. I did read that guide but when it gets down to whether my macbook is SATA 3GB or 6GB i honestly dont know, and it sounded a bit technical. I am self confessed to not know anything about my macbook pro technically so I need it in laymans terms really.

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    Thanks very much, I was thinking Crucial for the RAM and I will read up on Samsung for the SSD! Thanks!
     
  5. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    SATA III (6 Gbps) Hard drive interface.

    SATA II (3 Gbps) Optical drive interface.

    I have 16 GB of Crucial RAM + 480 GB SSD Crucial in my Early 2011 MBP --->>:D
     
  6. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    The early/late-2011 MBPs all have SATA3 (6 Gb/s) interfaces.

    I have a 512GB Samsung 840 Pro in my early-2011 machine (2.3GHz i7, 16GB RAM and 1GB 6750M) and it runs at full speeds (500MB/s in both reads and writes). Unfortunately, it succumbed to Radeongate two months ago and I replaced it with a maxed-out 15" rMBP.
     
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  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Its quite easy if you take your time and don't rush through it. As I had mentioned and bruno, the iFixit site shows you how to do it, and as long as you don't rush through the process its fairly easy.
     
  9. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    SSD & RAM will help with the sluggishness. The upgrades are easy, but make sure that you have the proper tools, and take your time. You should also get some sort of enclosure, such that you can clone your HDD contents onto the SSD before switching them, and also such that you can continue using the HDD as external storage.

    Note that the major bottleneck for gaming is most likely the GPU - so SSD & RAM won't help with gaming performance, except that loading times should go up.

    Known brands for RAM are Kingston, Crucial, Corsair...
    SSD of choice for most is the Samsung 840 EVO
     
  10. Marty62 macrumors 6502

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    With the correct tools as mentioned and a little patience, it's quite easy.

    I recommend one of these ( or similar ) to put your old drive in and help
    transfer the data over.
    http://www.amazon.de/Icy-Box-IB-AC6...qid=1399807838&sr=8-1&keywords=IcyBox+USB+3.0

    Samsung EVO 840 500gb SSD's are now only €200 in Europe.
    They are fast and reliable, I have three in 2 x systems working beautifully.

    Be careful inside the MBP, the internal cables are delicate so treat it like a
    "baby" and all will be OK :)
    Marty.
     

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