[MAC FILTER - Follow Up] Upgrade the HDD and RAM? Buy a new-but-used MBP? By New MBP? What would you do?
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This is a follow-up to this question
Having done a fair amount of research on the SSDs available for my mid-2009MBP 17, I find myself at the cross-roads-of-decision!
I use my MBP all day for work and in the evenings for entertainment. It's on ALL the time and gets 7-15 hours of use 5-6 days a week--editing video, photoshopping, coding, NetFlix marathons--you know the deal.
I love my 17 inch screen when it's not plugged into my even bigger 24-inch screen at work.
So I see three options:
Upgrade the existing MBP's RAM to 8Gb and HDD to SSD--Thinking the OWC Mercury Electra 3G
because the according to the OWC rep the 6G drives get downclocked to 1.5 by my MBP5,2 (Mid-2009) SATA2 Connection!
Sell the Current MBP (for about $800-1000) and buy referb Late-2011 MBP17, max the RAM and swap the drive for a 6G HDD.
Total Cost: ~$1800
Throw caution to the wind and buy a new MBP15--upgrade the RAM and HDD to SSD after the fact--and admit defeat and suffer the smaller screen while traveling--which I expect to do much more of in the coming year.
Total Cost: ~$2700 (Retina) Could be ~$1900
assuming I sell the 17MBP rather than give it to Mrs. FuzzyDog for her next laptop..assuming she wants it.
What I am after is the biggest bang for the buck. Thoughts?