Upgrade or not

Axe1509

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 4, 2012
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I don't have enough money to get a brand new Mac right now but I'm going back for my masters and need a portable laptop.

Right now I have an iPad 2 and a MacBook pro 2008 2.4ghz 500gb. I can either buy a used air or MacBook pro on craigslist that's newer than what I have, or I can upgrade my pro with a 550gb solid state hard drive, 6gb of ram and a new battery for roughly the same amount.

What would you do? Or would it be another option that I haven't listed? Any and all help would be awesome!
 

T5BRICK

macrumors G3
Aug 3, 2006
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Oregon
I don't have enough money to get a brand new Mac right now but I'm going back for my masters and need a portable laptop.

Right now I have an iPad 2 and a MacBook pro 2008 2.4ghz 500gb. I can either buy a used air or MacBook pro on craigslist that's newer than what I have, or I can upgrade my pro with a 550gb solid state hard drive, 6gb of ram and a new battery for roughly the same amount.

What would you do? Or would it be another option that I haven't listed? Any and all help would be awesome!
Check out the refurb section of the Apple store.

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac
 

stevelam

macrumors 65816
Nov 4, 2010
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I don't have enough money to get a brand new Mac right now but I'm going back for my masters and need a portable laptop.

Right now I have an iPad 2 and a MacBook pro 2008 2.4ghz 500gb. I can either buy a used air or MacBook pro on craigslist that's newer than what I have, or I can upgrade my pro with a 550gb solid state hard drive, 6gb of ram and a new battery for roughly the same amount.

What would you do? Or would it be another option that I haven't listed? Any and all help would be awesome!
well..what do you plan on doing with the laptop? why do you think you need the upgrade?
 

Axe1509

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 4, 2012
2
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$800 is going to be too much for me to handle, classes and books wiped me out.

As far as what I'm going to be doing, I'm going to be doing a lot of finale work (music notation)m other than that it'll be basic computing needs. Right now the computer is very slow, always has to be plugged into an outlet and frustrating to use.
Luckily where I love I can find some cheaper used MacBook pros and airs, but I've also heard that a memory upgrade and a ssd hard drive upgrade can revive an otherwise sluggish computer.
 

T5BRICK

macrumors G3
Aug 3, 2006
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Oregon
I'm planning on selling my iPad 2 and my 13" mid-2009 MacBook Pro and upgrading to the current model 13" MacBook Pro soon. The sale of my current hardware would likely cover 100% of what I'm looking at buying.

Couldn't you go that route? How much are planning on spending on an SSD?