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$100 to fix up old laptop

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone, My GF has an old macbook that i'm going to try to fix up for her until I can build her a system.

So i have about $100 to spend, and was thinking
either an
SSD 120Gigs ( stock is 160gigs )
or
upgrading from 2 to 4gb of ram, and a new traditional HD 7200rpm

Currently, her HD is failing, system is slow, etc.

A new traditional HD will hold more items, and feel generally faster, but obviously not as fast as an SSD, but the 4gig ram upgrade would also help general system stability.


Ideas?

EDIT: I do have 2 old netbooks, not sure of the specs, but i might can pull the ram from those assuming it has a 2gig+ single ram stick and it will work with the MB

I will also be using a program called 'coolbook' to under volt, and if possible, under clock the system to shed some heat off this thing. ( as it slows itself down when it gets hot, that with a failing HD, is making a very slow system )

and either way, its getting a fresh install of OSX
Edited by Jixr - 10/10/12 at 11:29am
post #2 of 21
Fanangle a couple $$ more into the budget and get 4GB + a SSD? rolleyes.gif but seriously, SSD is going to be the best option for making it feel faster, i'd suggest either a Samsung 830 or Crucial M4, both i believe have a garbage collection system of their own so no need for native trim (otherwise use TRIM enabler on OSX)
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post #3 of 21
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Well, a 120gig ssd is about $100, and a 4gig ram kit ( ddr2 ) is about $50, and I can't do both right now.
post #4 of 21
do the ssd, and let her turn it on

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post #5 of 21
I didn't figure, definitely go for the SSD - i put one in my MBP and it feels significantly faster! OSX you can actually get away with 2GB of memory, and won't create a path with no more upgrades (i.e. if you put in a traditional HDD right now, shes not going to want you tearing it apart a couple months from now to put in a SSD)
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post #6 of 21
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imo, both will make it feel faster, as she is just a general computer user, no heavy programs or games, etc.

I also have an older 500gig 5400rpm drive that i'm using as media storage, I could always give her that and go out and buy me a new HD. ( cheapest option ) I also have a 120gig ssd that I keep my games on, but not sure if I can give that up just yet.

also its limited to a SataI connection, so an SSD will be limited by the connection speed.
post #7 of 21
if it was down to either an SSD or a ram upgrade, i'd take the SSD.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jixr View Post

also its limited to a SataI connection, so an SSD will be limited by the connection speed.

Even so, an ssd even at Sata 1 speeds is very much faster than any 5400 rpm sata 1 drive.
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post #9 of 21
definitely the ssd.
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post #10 of 21
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Alright, I suppose I'll try to get her to live with such a small HD, she complains she does not have enough space already, and totes around a 1.5tb external drive with her.
( has tons of media )
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