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Old Oct 4th, 2014, 08:58 PM   #1
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Buying rMBP - DIY upgrades or buy from Apple?

I haven't bought a Mac in years so SSD/Flash storage is new to me.

With the older Macs, I always bought the least amount of RAM and HD from Apple and then upgraded it myself with much cheaper components bought at Canada Computers.

I'm wondering if this strategy still make sense with the latest MBPs.


I looked up SSD replacement here: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook...lacement/27849

Doesn't look difficult but the photos on that page make the SSD look completely different than the photos of SSD on Canada Computers site. Canada Computers & Electronics | Solid State Drives Am I looking at the right thing on CC's site?
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Old Oct 4th, 2014, 09:02 PM   #2
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There are no upgrades for any of the current macbook models except the classic.
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There are no upgrades for any of the current macbook models except the classic.
What I am getting at is, do I buy the base Retina Macbook Pro and upgrade the RAM and SSD myself or buy the bigger models from Apple.
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The only upgrades available for the Retina MBPs are the SSD module, which is still a custom component. I only know of OWC making an upgrade path for that component, and it's as expensive/more expensive than ordering the upgrade from Apple at purchase.
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The only upgrades available for the Retina MBPs are the SSD module, which is still a custom component. I only know of OWC making an upgrade path for that component, and it's as expensive/more expensive than ordering the upgrade from Apple at purchase.
And to be clear: Whatever RAM trim you order from Apple is the RAM you have for the life of the laptop. It's soldered directly to the motherboard.

(I know - just got mine a couple of weeks ago, 8-gig / 128 gig model)

Planning to pick up Transcend (or other maker)'s recently-released SDHC card that sits flush with the case edge, unlike most SD cards. Intended to be used as an expansion drive. UP to 128gb available.
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The only upgrades available for the Retina MBPs are the SSD module, which is still a custom component. I only know of OWC making an upgrade path for that component, and it's as expensive/more expensive than ordering the upgrade from Apple at purchase.
Just keep in mind, the last couple of rMBP don't have any 3rd party SSDs yet available
check the revision of the machine before buying.
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RAM upgrades on retina MacBook Pros are impossible. SSD upgrades are not currently possible on late 2013 or current retina MacBook Pros as none are available at this time and possibly never will be. The SSD upgrades OWC sells are only compatible with 2012 to early 2013 rMBPs.

I recommend buying the rMBP with as much RAM and SSD space as you can afford.
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Glad I asked. I just assumed they would be user upgradeable lik e the classics. I would like to get 1TB but notice the 13 inch model that offers that is the 2.8 model and its a $500 option. Gulp.

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Glad I asked. I just assumed they would be user upgradeable lik e the classics. I would like to get 1TB but notice the 13 inch model that offers that is the 2.8 model and its a $500 option. Gulp.
Yea SSDs are expensive, particularly the ones Apple is using. They are insanely fast though. Expect to keep media files and such on an external though unless you want to spring for the 1TB option.
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