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Macbook Pro 15" (Early 2011) Uprgades

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Sep 15, 2013 11:53 AM

Hey guys and gals,

 

I'm a second-year university student in a graphic design program that is centered around Apple computers. At the start of the program I opted to get a refurbished 15" Macbook Pro (Early 2011) 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 with 4GB RAM and a 750GB HDD and while it served me pretty well in my first year, It is starting to show some signs of age, especially when running certain Adobe programs (or many at once).
So I've been considering giving it an upgrade. I found a RAM upgrade kit and an SSD that are compatible, but I'm new to buying to computer parts, and want to make sure I make a good purchase. Any n̶e̶r̶d̶s̶ component-aware people have any input? I'd be willing to go with a smaller SSD but unfortunately can't do the fabled "replace optical drive" mod because it voids my warranty (year 1 of the 3-year applecare program).

Here are the links for the components:

 

RAM: http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=89FD7305A5CA7304#pr-header- 89FD7305A5CA7304

 

SSD: http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=55BB34BFA5CA7304

 

It seems pretty legit and I've heard Crucial is a good company, but I just want to make sure I'm getting the best deal and the best components. Money is a precious precious commodity as a student.

Thanks in advance!

MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), 4GB 1333MHz DDR3, 2.3GHz Intel i7

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