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1) RAM Upgrade As far as I'm aware, the laptop cannot be upgraded beyond 8GB. This is due to restrictions by the CPU and chipset architecture in that particular model. Unless you are a real power user who does lots of video editing or likes to have a lot of applications open at a single given point in time, 8GB should be perfectly fine. DDR4 ram is NOT ...


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Ok you've got iLife for free, and installed which means you have: Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, GarageBand. I suspect that this adds upto just under 5GB. Delete them from the application folder if you don't need them. This is the link to grandperspective, it's free and really great. And as I said in the comments Xcode is big 3-5GB, the iOS Simulators ...


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Quite simply, SSDs do everything faster. Their downside would appear to be a limited read/write cycle lifetime, but so long as you're comprehensively backed-up, I wouldn't see that as an issue. Adding a Samsung EVO 1TB as the boot drive to my Early 2008 Mac Pro has given it life I didn't know it had left in it.


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Open iTunes. Choose Edit > Preferences. Click the Advanced tab in the Preferences window. Select the "Keep iTunes Media folder organized" checkbox. Open iTunes. From the Edit menu, choose Preferences. Click the Advanced tab in the Preferences window. Click the Change button in the iTunes Media folder location pane. In the Change Media Folder Location window ...


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The problem that I see with "almost every article" is that they're 3-4 years old. Some of them even mention attempting degaussing the drives as a means of clearing out data. That implies a lack of understanding of how Flash storage works in the first place. Seriously. Degaussing? "ATA Secure Erase" is a means of telling the drive to zero out all the blocks. ...


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I found out here that the difference is very minor in gaming performances. Not to mention that the NVIDIA is a add on device while the Intel is integrated,resulting in more power consumption and graphics mode switching--that you might not want.


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Given your budget (512GB SSD is quite expensive) I'd buy 8GB RAM + 256SSD and keep the 500GB HDD as a storage volume instead of the super drive. Depending on your country, it'll cost you around 200$ which is less expensive than a 500SSD and will bring you a lot of speed.



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