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    macbook pro 13' (2012 model) ram + ssd upgrade.
    Hi,
    im purchasing my first mbp, and im looking to upgrade the ram and hdd to SSD.
    i have a budget of $300 for the ram and ssd incl shipping if purchased from the US shipped to AUS.
    i want to get 8gb ram and not sure on ssd size ill keep my music on a portable harddrive.

    thanks hope you can help

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    macsales.com (OWC) will give you your answers for all the variables available. The SSDs range in price from $49.95 to about $1150, dependent upon size you need. The memory will be about $60 to update to 8 GB.

    So, for $300 you could have 8 GB memory (16 GB is possible) and a 240 GB SSD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfpuppies3 View Post
    macsales.com (OWC) will give you your answers for all the variables available. The SSDs range in price from $49.95 to about $1150, dependent upon size you need. The memory will be about $60 to update to 8 GB.

    So, for $300 you could have 8 GB memory (16 GB is possible) and a 240 GB SSD.
    thanks for the reply,
    i checked out owc website.
    to get it shipped to australia with 8gb ram, 240gb owc 3g ssd with enclosure kit,tools incl
    would cost around $335 . is that worth the price or is there a cheaper combo of ram and ssd i could get for under 300

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    Look for 6g ssd though, I do not know if the newegg ship to AUS,
    for ssd, you could get from newegg.com, here is the latest from them a limited period though
    Newegg.com - Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ycl1688 View Post
    Look for 6g ssd though, I do not know if the newegg ship to AUS,
    for ssd, you could get from newegg.com, here is the latest from them a limited period though
    Newegg.com - Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    thanks, newegg doesnt shipp to aus although i can use sites like priceusa etc.
    im also considering buying instead of 2012 model a 2.8ghz i7 mbp late 2011. which is only $1199 at ****smiths. where as new 2012 2.5ghz i5 is 1349.
    is there much difference between 2011-2012 models?

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    Throw the regular HDD into an external enclosure (bus powered) cost around $10

    Buy a 90-128GB SSD for around $90 (After MIR) and 8GB DDR3 1333 ram is ~$50

    The OWC SSD's are SAWEET but overpriced. I got an OCZ Vertex 3 SATA3 (6GB/S) 90GB for $114 (6months ago) blazing fast in my desktop and 10x better in my MBP.

    OWC is quality, and a bit pricey. SATA2/SATA3 SSD...either one will work good.

    SSD is always going to be faster then any HDD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maz94protege View Post
    Throw the regular HDD into an external enclosure (bus powered) cost around $10

    Buy a 90-128GB SSD for around $90 (After MIR) and 8GB DDR3 1333 ram is ~$50

    The OWC SSD's are SAWEET but overpriced. I got an OCZ Vertex 3 SATA3 (6GB/S) 90GB for $114 (6months ago) blazing fast in my desktop and 10x better in my MBP.

    OWC is quality, and a bit pricey. SATA2/SATA3 SSD...either one will work good.

    SSD is always going to be faster then any HDD.
    thanks, how is the reliabity of the vertex 3? alot of people say there full of problems.
    never the less. in australia i can get 120gb vertex 3 ssd for under $120 which is perfect price wise.

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    or i can get the vertex 4 for $140 in aus.

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    samsung 830 series have you try ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ycl1688 View Post
    samsung 830 series have you try ?
    thanks just checked that out, decided im going to the samsung 830 128gb + g.skill mac memory 2x4gb 1333 kit. which brings the price for both to $190 with shipping.

    what tools do i need to install these? for late 2011 mbp 13inch

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    I believe the samsung ssd comes with an adapter, use the adapter to transfer your current hd to external ssd
    via Carbon copy clone, download from internet.
    1. once it is cloned to your ssd, reboot the mbp when the chime sounds hold option key should boot up from external ssd.
    2. Sweep the drives, install osx to your ssd, reboot again using the same method as 1.
    3. download blackmagic speed test from mac app store is free, test your speed test.
    Should be smooth enough for installing ssd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ycl1688 View Post
    I believe the samsung ssd comes with an adapter, use the adapter to transfer your current hd to external ssd
    via Carbon copy clone, download from internet.
    1. once it is cloned to your ssd, reboot the mbp when the chime sounds hold option key should boot up from external ssd.
    2. Sweep the drives, install osx to your ssd, reboot again using the same method as 1.
    3. download blackmagic speed test from mac app store is free, test your speed test.
    Should be smooth enough for installing ssd.
    thanks mate,
    are there any specific screwdrivers i need to open the mbp case?

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    +0 screw driver for lower case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anynamewilldo View Post
    You need really small phillips drivers and probably a torx 5 for some of the inside work.

    Your best bet is to buy a set of such tools from an electronics place. Make sure it has a variety of really small phillips & flat screw drivers, and T4,T5,T6,T7 and ideally, T8 drivers. If possible, get a plastic "spudge" device too (basically a plastic, flat screwdriver looking thing.
    i found this on a store thats in my town,
    its for a iphone but would the tools work for macbook pro
    it comes with Contents
    2 x Plastic opening levers
    1 x Guitar Pick Opening Tool
    1 x Pentalobe Screwdriver TS1
    1 x Phillips Screwdriver PH00
    1 x Suction Cap
    1 x Sim card ejector pin tool
    1 x Phone mounting bracket / Screw hold marker

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