Upgrading my 2011 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BuriedBubble, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. BuriedBubble macrumors newbie


    Aug 27, 2016
    Hi guys,

    I'm planning to upgrade my early 2011 MBP with 16gb of RAM, a SSD and a new battery.

    Would just like some advice on the following things - it's the first time I've attempted something like this!

    - Are these fairly decent pieces to use (links below)? I can be flexible with budget so if you know of any alternatives please feel free to share.
    - What tools do I need to have (types of screwdriver etc)?
    - Do I need to worry about enabling TRIM or anything else with the SSD? I heard snow leopard added a feature that automatically had it on.
    - Should I upgrade anything else? I'm mainly doing this because of sluggish performance and the mac heating up a bit even when just on youtube etc...I mainly use this machine for ableton and photoshop so would it be worth changing the processor or graphics? Or the fans?
    - If you take a look at the picture below, on the gold bar at the far right there's a black circle - this is from where one of the feet has fallen off and whatever that is has squeezed through it slightly...is this something to worry about or should a replacement foot be ok on top?
    - Lastly (I hope I got everything) what order should I do the RAM and SSD in?

    Current system:
    OSX El Capitan 10.11.6
    15" Early 2011 model
    2.2GHz Intel Core i7
    4GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    Intel HD Graphics 3000 384MB
    750GB HDD

    New bits:
    SSD - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-MX...UTF8&qid=1476533926&sr=8-1&keywords=ssd+750gb
    Battery - https://www.amazon.co.uk/HzTech-Rep...spons&keywords=2011+macbook+pro+battery&psc=1
    RAM - https://www.amazon.co.uk/memory-upg...76532931&sr=8-1&keywords=2011+macbook+pro+ram

  2. tubeexperience, Oct 15, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2016

    tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    Crucial MX300 is definitely an SSD that I recommend.

    You do need to (or at least should) enable TRIM after installing the SSD

    MacBook Pro Early/Late 2011 can handle DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) so I would get that instead.

    Here is one that would work: http://www.newegg.com/global/uk/Pro..._re=CT2KIT102464BF160B-_-20-148-614-_-Product

    Also, "Mac memory" is a sham. Mac uses regular memory (assuming compatible speed and voltage).
  3. BuriedBubble thread starter macrumors newbie


    Aug 27, 2016
    Thanks for the links! Good to hear about the SSD.

    The price is much better on the ram too, cheers buddy!
  4. wegster macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    I've got a similar setup, although I've been at 16GB RAM since it cost...wait for it...$850 or so (which was infinitely better than what it cost before that!!).

    The crucial and the Samsung 850 EVO get consistently good marks - much happier with the 850 EVO vs the prior OWC SSD I had in there (~150-200MB/sec OWV vs Samsung 850 maxing out the bus or nearly so, ~500MB/sec read/writes).

    The battery seems to be the big challenge, or has been for me. As I was about to start using my MBP at work where I do a lot of moving around for presentations in different conf rooms, I wanted a battery life bump (don't want to be that guy lugging a power brick), so went w/OWC for a bit more $ and a NuPower/NuTech battery that ran me ~$100. Yeah, so - still seems to only get about an hour (I do have a dGPU), regardless of the battery claiming to still be over 7200MaH capacity and shutting down non-critical apps, etc.

    If I were able to find a battery allowing me a reliable 2+ hours when connected to a projector or external display on battery, I'd likely be keeping my MBP for a few more years yet.

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