Wanted to follow-up on one point since we have been talking about voided
warranties if one upgrades their memory or hd in a Macbook/Pro. Turns out
Apple actually has tutorials showing how to do it yourself. Their warning
is that if you break something while upgrading, that they then don't cover
that breakage. I have replaced fans/screens/memory/keyboards/etc in
laptops, and while they are definitely touchy, I would say it isn't that
hard to do as long as you don't try to use muscle force.

http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/MacBook_Pro_17inch_Early2009.pdf

What's interesting is that Apple actually has better prices on their 256GB
SSD than I can get elseware (most others are in the $700+ range for 256GB) -
of course their $600 price tag is the upgrade price, so maybe they are about
the same.

At this point I am heading towards a Macbook Pro 17" monitor, 4GB RAM, 500GB
7200RPM , AppleCare and I will upgrade the HD and memory later (maybe the
end of 2010 will give less expensive SSDs).

Thanks everyone for your help!

Aaron Bartell
www.SoftwareSavesLives.com


On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 1:10 PM, Mike Wills <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

It is slower... I have heard of several people that have upraded to an SSD
and love the speed. It may not be a problem for you. Try it and see.

As far as RAM you can do much better buying it from somewhere like Crucial.
Save the original RAM in case there is ever a problem though. I think they
frown on non-Apple RAM. Though it does work.

--
Mike Wills
http://mikewills.info
P: (507) 933-0880 | Skype: koldark



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