Upgrading Mid 2006 MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by squan, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. squan macrumors member

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    Hi guys,


    I'm still rocking my black 2006 baby, but needless to say it has aged a bit. I ordered a new iMac to get back on track, but I still want to keep this beautiful macbook for mobile purposes, as it has been so reliable.

    So I'm wondering what I can do to speed things up a bit. The only upgrade it has had so far is 2GB of RAM, so that's maxed out.


    Next up is HDD, which I'd like to replace with an SSD. Any good ones for this type of macbook out there? I'm not looking for a huge capacity, something around 100 gig maybe?

    And what about cpu, gpu? Probably not much I can change about that, but if so, please tell!

    Or anything else that could keep the beach ball away more often, is very welcome!


    Thanks
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    The only two things that can be upgraded are the RAM and hard drive. Basically any hard drive on the market as of now will be limited by that machine's SATA I bus speeds. But there will still be a very big difference.
     
  3. squan thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, thanks!


    Any good SSD's out there that would suit my needs? Not much experience with drives...

    128 GB should be fine!
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    Look into the Samsung 830, 840, or the 840 Pro. All of them have really good reviews and would work very well in your Macbook.
     
  5. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    Why don't you sell it for a few hundred bucks and use it towards a refurb MBP. Any SSD you put it in is only going to do so much and it's limited in its power because of the dated SATA interface.

    Your computer is limited to using 3GB out of 4GB so it's pointless to upgrade that.
     
  6. squan thread starter macrumors member

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    Maybe in good time, for now the cash just isn't there.

    But now I'm thinking of buying an SSD that would fit a refurbished macbook too, so I can transfer my upgrades that I buy now when the day comes.

    Thanks for the help!
     
  7. NewAnger macrumors 6502a

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    Nothing wrong with holding onto that MB. I have a 2008 black MB and a 2010 MB that I will keep using until they either break or I have money to buy a used MBP.

    I think the days are long gone where I can afford to pay $1,000+ for a new or even refurbished MBP.
     
  8. squan thread starter macrumors member

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    You gotta hand it to Apple, they do make solid stuff. It's going into it's seventh year, and hell... I can still produce HD-video with this thing, even if HD wasn't around the year I bought it. :)


    Thanks for the help everyone
     
  9. TheGenerous macrumors 6502a

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    So what happend, did you install the SSD, observations?
     

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