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MacBook Pro 15" 2.66GHz i7 Core 2 Duo Model A1286

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My MBP is becoming really slow.. I use a photoshop and aperture quite a lot and I think it's time for an HW upgrade!! (upgrading to a new retina it's too expensive!! )

I want to upgrade my RAM and maybe my logic board to my mid 2010 15" MBP (A1286)

I just want to make sure i'm doing the right thing...


I can go up to 8Gb DDR3 1066MHz PC3-8500

(or can be upgraded to 16Gb)??

Logic Board:

I have the 2.66GHz i7 core 2 duo.... with a GForce 330M

What is the best upgrade? can a 2012 Logic board fit?

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This is probably your machine: Apple MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.66 15" Mid-2010 Specs

Identifiers: Mid-2010 15" - MC373LL/A - MacBookPro6,2 - A1286 - 2353*


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You're not going to do much better with a logic board replacement and it's cost prohibitive. The maximum RAM is 8 GB. But your original hard drive, a 500 GB (5400 RPM), could definitely be improved on. I personally like the

Western Digital

500GB Scorpio Black Hard Disk Drive

2.5-Inch | SATA 3.0Gb/s | 7200RPM | 16MB Cache

for this machine.

You could also go with an 3.0 Gb/s SSD drive.

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