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03-21-2013, 12:19 PM
SSD will reduce your overall capacity, but get you a performance boost. A higher capacity HDD will just get you higher capacity with minimal performance boost depending on what you have right now..
If you are not using much space on your current HDD or you have an external drive for things, then keeping the OS and apps on the SSD means that they'll all load and run faster..
Replacing the logic boards is not a trivial thing, you need to a find the exact fit one and so on..it MIGHT be possible to find a logic board for a newer version (maybe one year newer or something) that is similar enough but can support a new/faster processor or has a faster graphics chip on it..
A lot of this depends on whether the logic board has the processor soldered on or is socketed. The GPU is usually soldered, so that can't be changed..
But this can get expensive quickly..
Based on your student budget..I'd start with the battery..look into getting a SSD as long as you have something to hold all of your large'ish video files and pictures so that you don't run out of space on your SSD and crash OS X..
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