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    Upgrading Macbook (SSD or H-SSD)
    Hi!

    My Macbook (mid 2009 model) is in need of a parts upgrade to tide it over for a bit. Budget is around $100 USD and I mainly use the laptop for heavy word processing.

    The current specs is: 2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 2GB (two 1GB) 800MHz Pc2-6400 ram.

    I feel like there are three viable options:
    1) Upgrade to 4GB DDR2 ram and Seagate Hybrid Drives 500GB (5400RPM HD + 8GB SSD) for a total of $137.

    2) Upgrade to Crucial m500 120GB for $97.

    3) Upgrade to Western Digital 500GB 7200RPM HD and 4GB ram for $117.
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    Which in your opinion would net the biggest gain?

    Lastly, I am currently running Snow Leopard and I am wondering if it would be better to update to Mavericks or would it warrant more lag?

    Thank you for your time!

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    RAM upgrade will help a ton. After that then a faster drive will be your next step.

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    Got it! Thank you for the swift reply!

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    2012 15" MBP 2.6 i7 GT 650M 16GB RAM/2012 27" iMac 3.4 i7 Radeon HD 6970M 2GB 24GB RAM
    Max out the ram (not sure 4 or 8 is max) then how much space do you need? if a 256 SSD would do save for that, if you need 512 or more due to cost I would look at a hybrid drive.

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    Apple says 4GB but the MB will handle 6GB.
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    2012 15" MBP 2.6 i7 GT 650M 16GB RAM/2012 27" iMac 3.4 i7 Radeon HD 6970M 2GB 24GB RAM
    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Apple says 4GB but the MB will handle 6GB.
    6 but not 8? O.o weird

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