How do I upgrade a 15” MBP, & which specific year should I get?

Hi All!

Currently I've got a 13” MacBook Pro retina early 2015 3.1 GHz i7 with 16GB DDR3

I’m running a fairly busy home studio and today my Mac died on me, I know it’s an easy fix (ribbon cable replacement), however it made me realize I need a spare...

If I were to get an older Mac and fit SSD/upgrade RAM, which would be the recommended year and spec, so I could improve to the maximum?

Advice welcome!!!

Thanks!

Phil

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Apple MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.6 15" Mid-2012 Specs

Identifiers: Mid-2012 15" - MD104LL/A - MacBookPro9,1 - A1286 - 2556*

https://everymac.com/systems/apple/macbo...

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Awesome, and could replace the ram and chuck in an SSD??

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Sure! You can max out the RAM to 16 GB and you can swap out the HD for a SSD.

While I don't have the exact same system my Early 2011 15"MBP has a 1 TB Samsung SSD (you could even get a larger unit if 1 TB wasn't enough space).

The 13" model MacBook Pro 13" 2.9 GHz i7 (Mid-2012) is also quite good if you want the smaller sized model

The 13" models do have an issue with the HD SATA cable so I would replace it and place some electrical tape on the uppercase when the cable rests to help protect it from rubbing.

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