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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 06:35 PM   #101
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I'm still looking as I feel like making WHOLESALE changes to my set up in my home. But that would include 1 or 2 SSDs (2 laps), so i keep looking around. But it is quite the investment.
Depends on your lappie but being able to manage your files to stay wiithin a 120 or 240 space is critical.....as the Sub $200 120 transforms an earlier portable or iMac.

We set a 20" up on the back desk which is our admin and general use Mac and it's just a treat compared to the MacMini with the standard drive.

Putting existing drive in a bootable case for $20 and then pruning to get within the SSD workspace is good practice -

Many of us including me have GBs of old or unused apps, duplicates of photos which now have gotten larger and larger and even the .mov files

I used GraphicConverter to identify duplicate files on my Air and it found 12 GB just in my travel photos. !!

The effort is big time worthwhile and while RAM is always nice I was astonished when a client opened a size large PS file ( 2345x 1800 ) on the 2.26 MacBook ( not the world's processing champ ) and was playing around with the image perfectly smoothly ....only 4 gigs of RAM.

Plus he was running a 1600x1200 screen as well as the lappie screen.

Knew it was quick for day to day but was surprised for PS which he uses on occasion.

He's thrilled of course and I was impressed with the gain in performance on a Pro app.



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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 09:04 AM   #102
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+1 Agreed. This combination is the biggest bang for the buck right now. I did it and with the addition of an upgrade to my Mac Pro's CPU I feel like I am good until Apple stops supporting what I own...

When that day comes, well... I will have to see first what is available in the used market and then if that is not good enough I may actually have to break down and buy a new Mac.

BTW this was not my mindset when owning a PC and I felt the need to get on board with every upgrade and or "future proof" (a losing gambit) as much as possible.

With new (to me... actually used CPUs), an OWC SSD boot drive and added RAM (5GBs) I feel have no need for a new machine (especially with the introduction of Tbolt) I am perfectly happy now...

Sure if I had unlimited funds and felt the need and/or have no respect for money vs. what I make, I would have updated to the latest and greatest just because it would be fun... but as I said, relative to my PC days this is the first time I have felt no need because of the upgrades that I have made/are available to me as a Mac Pro 1.1 owner... going on 5 years now... before that as a PC owner 2 years going on 3 was tops before I felt the need to upgrade.
+1 there.

Until a few months ago, I was running (as my full time lap), a Gen 1 Black MacBook w/ a 80G drive + 2G of ram, which was an apple care replacement for a 12" G4 PB. That MB was pushing a Dell screen in 1600x1200 (or bigger I think). This lap is still working. - If you want to talk about saving funds! . This is 2003-4 money that is still kicking along.

I also had a Gen 2 Black MB that JUST recently crapped out. It was a FT music production lap. But the m/b failed and is now dead. Sad.

I now have a 17" 2009 MBP that was gifted w/ 8G of ram and that's the one I want to upgrade w/ a SSD possibly, but for sure a 2nd HD.
Will now use the old Gen1 MacBook for music and want to also pop a SSD in there, prob a 120G as that's the size I have in there right now - the original from the crapped out MB.

ANYHOW.

Bang for buck is the name of the game. And will be scooping some upgrades very soon.
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Old Dec 14th, 2011, 04:03 PM   #103
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prices on SSDs seems a wee bit lower now, I see OWC 240gig 3G extreme (my mbp is 2010) is 359. Was thinking about this, but is the prices expected to really fall in the near term?The speed is really really tempting.



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I'm not sure that prices will drop too much as I expect demand to be strong now that traditional drive prices are high.
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Old Dec 14th, 2011, 08:15 PM   #105
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interesting. I'm wondering if I should go 6G extreme given my propensity for upgrading every 2 years, which should be about summer.



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There is no use buying a 6g 240 unless your motherboard supports it.
6g 120s make some sense as they are about the same price as 3g.

Lot of clients do a 120 boot and then something large in the optical bay.
Putting the optical drive external makes sense for many.

We are also testing the Seagate 750 XT with the 8 gb cache - looks a good compromise with boot times very close to full SSD and with the adaptive optimization should keep things snappy



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I just ordered the OWC 240 from OWC for 359US plus $5.60 shipped. I thought it was an excellent price.

I tried hard to get one from MacDoc, but thats another story for another time...
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There is no use buying a 6g 240 unless your motherboard supports it.
6g 120s make some sense as they are about the same price as 3g.

Lot of clients do a 120 boot and then something large in the optical bay.
Putting the optical drive external makes sense for many.

We are also testing the Seagate 750 XT with the 8 gb cache - looks a good compromise with boot times very close to full SSD and with the adaptive optimization should keep things snappy
I will end up with a mbp in spring/summer that will have a motherboard that will support the 6g, so that's why I'll spend the extra 100 bucks for now I think. looking for the 6g mercury extreme, noticed they have "demo' units for 60 bucks cheaper. Do you also carry that model?



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