Currently Being ModeratedSep 15, 2013 12:18 PM (in response to lucbergen)
I have a late 2011 model and upgraded my RAM to 16 GB from crucial. Comes w/ warranty and crucial/OWC test MBP models for specified capacities. Crucial is a very reputable manufacturer. Here is the kit you would need (now I see you it is probably the same link):
SSD, pretty much the maximum capacity out there on the market today. $600 is the best deal you will get on a SSD today ($/gb value). See these forums for user testimonials:
Definitely a wise decision NOT to void your warranty. Also, replacing the optical drive with a SSD using a data doubler or the like has been known to cause issues w/ MBP, especially if you were to create a 'fusion' volume. You are getting a good deal from a good company. No warranty from Apple will be void, and you have a warranty on the subsequent upgrades directly from crucial as well. You're set and the machine will be purrin.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 15, 2013 3:04 PM (in response to lucbergen)
Good (brand) choice for both RAM and SSD.
Don't waste your money on a large SSD. Get a 64-120GB (or 256 if you have a lot of apps) to install the OS and frequently used applications. Take the 750GB hdd and turn it into an external drive. You can find enclosures for it all over the web, this one has some good reviews (and is $10). The performance isn't that bad, even for USB 2.0.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 15, 2013 3:19 PM (in response to xtremecarbon)
Take the 750GB hdd and turn it into an external drive. You can find enclosures for it all over the web, this one has some good reviews (and is $10).
Eeeeeeeek!! Dont recommend THAT enclosure. Ive personally seen no less than 100 (no exaggeration) of those dead as a doornail.
Ive got 5 or more of those dead enclosures laying around here.
Those are the SAME HD enclosures marked DYNEX and sold at retail electronics store.
you can set your watch by how soon the SATA bridge in that unit will croak.
Heres a reliable enclosure:
its not the box or USB cable, its the junky SATA card that is the concern.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2013 12:28 PM (in response to xtremecarbon)
Well, instead I suggest that you follow your initial idea, and purchase the largest SSD available (960Gb, currently).
I have the Crucial M500 960Gb in the main bay of my late-2011 MBP, and the performances are really excellent...
It replaced the "original" OCZ Vertex-II that was installed previously, and the speed has been increased by a factor 2.5....
Larger SSDs are faster! And you will not need to replace it again in a few monhs, you get plenty of space for all your graphics work..
This is particularly important as you are not wanting to move the original HD in the optical bay, so it is better if your only disk is large enough for containing both the operating system and your data...
If a 2Tb SSD had been available, I had purchased that!