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Upgrade Macbook Pro or buy new?

John

I need help deciding what to do.

I am running a Mid 2010 17-inch MacBook Pro, 2.86 GHz i7, 8 GB. 500g drive. I have had some latency issues. Recording and mixing music is my hobby. I love the 17-inch screen and the ability to plug in my ASUS big screen. I'd prefer to upgrade my MacBook vs. buy a new one. What upgrades are recommended? I am thinking solid state drive and more core memory. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

John



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RE: Upgrade Macbook Pro or buy new?

Vince Winterling

I would try the SSD first and then evaluate whether you need more ram.

 

Vincent Winterling

Vineland, NJ

 

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I need help deciding what to do.

I am running a Mid 2010 17-inch MacBook Pro, 2.86 GHz i7, 8 GB. 500g drive. I have had some latency issues. Recording and mixing music is my hobby. I love the 17-inch screen and the ability to plug in my ASUS big screen. I'd prefer to upgrade my MacBook vs. buy a new one. What upgrades are recommended? I am thinking solid state drive and more core memory. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

John



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Re: Upgrade Macbook Pro or buy new?

Howard E. Rosenman
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An SSD will breathe new life into your machine, speed-wise. I recently upgraded my late 2009 iMac, and my early 2011 15" MBP and the difference is like night and day.

According to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201165, 8 MB is the maximum RAM for your machine (as it is for my MBP). 

Do the SSD upgrade. You will wonder why you waited so long :)

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On Jan 27, 2018, at 3:58 AM, John <[hidden email]> wrote:

I need help deciding what to do.

I am running a Mid 2010 17-inch MacBook Pro, 2.86 GHz i7, 8 GB. 500g drive. I have had some latency issues. Recording and mixing music is my hobby. I love the 17-inch screen and the ability to plug in my ASUS big screen. I'd prefer to upgrade my MacBook vs. buy a new one. What upgrades are recommended? I am thinking solid state drive and more core memory. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

John



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Re: Upgrade Macbook Pro or buy new?

James R Cutler
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I need help deciding what to do.

I am running a Mid 2010 17-inch MacBook Pro, 2.86 GHz i7, 8 GB. 500g drive. I have had some latency issues. Recording and mixing music is my hobby. I love the 17-inch screen and the ability to plug in my ASUS big screen. I'd prefer to upgrade my MacBook vs. buy a new one. What upgrades are recommended? I am thinking solid state drive and more core memory. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

John

Apple says this machine can run High Sierra. The SSD provided a gratifying increase in speed over a rotating drive. So, for a modest investment, such as for a 500GB or 1TB SSD, you can update this machine to be quite a nice. You may eventually find 8GB of RAM and the USB 2 interfaces to be a limiting factors for more complex audio work.

If it were my machine, I would immediately update to a 1TB SSD (~$300) and keep using it as long as it lives. At the same timeI wouldNVME start saving for a newer model with NVME storage (wow fast), larger RAM, and faster I/O. I have found the screen on the new MacBook Pro to to be so good that the reduction in size from 17” to 15" is not as painful as one might expect.



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Re: Upgrade Macbook Pro or buy new?

HOWARD KAUFMAN

I need help deciding what to do.

I am running a Mid 2010 17-inch MacBook Pro, 2.86 GHz i7, 8 GB. 500g drive. I have had some latency issues. Recording and mixing music is my hobby. I love the 17-inch screen and the ability to plug in my ASUS big screen. I'd prefer to upgrade my MacBook vs. buy a new one. What upgrades are recommended? I am thinking solid state drive and more core memory. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

I don’t believe an SSD will have any affect on your latency issue recording and mixing music.  Perhaps you could be more specific and describe your setup.  There may be a way to improve the situation without a new computer.

In some cases more RAM could allow you to run your recording software at lower buffer settings which might reduce latency from input to output, but as mentioned by others, your computer is maxed out already at 8GB.

Having said that however, an SSD would make the computer seem faster in many other ways, especially opening and closing applications, and startup/shutdown.

Regards,

Howard





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Re: Upgrade Macbook Pro or buy new?

Doug Hogg
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I replaced the 2.5 inch spinning drive  in my MacBook Pro with a Samsung 840 SSD and the difference was remarkable — that is my advice. There are some newer models of Samsung SSDs now. A 500 GB 850 SSD is $140 — 17000 reviews on Amazon - 5-stars. There is also an 860 1 TB SSD if you want more space. 

:-)

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On Jan 27, 2018, at 3:58 AM, John <[hidden email]> wrote:

I need help deciding what to do.

I am running a Mid 2010 17-inch MacBook Pro, 2.86 GHz i7, 8 GB. 500g drive. I have had some latency issues. Recording and mixing music is my hobby. I love the 17-inch screen and the ability to plug in my ASUS big screen. I'd prefer to upgrade my MacBook vs. buy a new one. What upgrades are recommended? I am thinking solid state drive and more core memory. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

John


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RE: Upgrade Macbook Pro or buy new?

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On Jan 27, 2018, at 1:44 PM, John <[hidden email]> wrote:

Thanks, Vince.

Where do I get a drive and is that something I can easily do?

John

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I would try the SSD first and then evaluate whether you need more ram.

Vincent Winterling
Vineland, NJ




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Re: Upgrade Macbook Pro or buy new?

Vince Winterling

I like buying drives from Amazon given their return policies.


I've had good luck with the Samsung drives in the MacBooks.


Can you fix it yourself? Are you handy with a screwdriver? Can you follow video directions? 


You will need a small philips screwdriver, possibly a torx. 


I found lots of video based instructions which made it quite straighforward. 


Don't forget to disconnect the power supply once the botton panel is removed.


Vincent Winterling
Vineland, NJ

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Thanks, Vince.

Where do I get a drive and is that something I can easily do?

John

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I would try the SSD first and then evaluate whether you need more ram.

Vincent Winterling
Vineland, NJ




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Re: Upgrade Macbook Pro or buy new?

Dr Digby L. James
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> Thanks, Vince.
>
> Where do I get a drive and is that something I can easily do?

Where you buy from will depend on what country you live in. Amazon will doubtless sell you a suitable drive.

As to whether it is something you can do, have a look at:

https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ssd/owc/macbook-pro/2010

Half-way down the page are links to videos which show how do replace the internal drive, what tools you need, how long it will take, and how hard it is.

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