General upgrade to RAM and Hard Drive

I have a MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Model A1211 2.16 GHz 1GB SDRAM that is my company computer that I can pick up for very cheap. Rather than buy a new mac for home use, I want to upgrade this one a bit.

I think I want to upgrade the hard drive to a 500 GB drive and the RAM to 4GB. That seems to be what pops up for options.

Are there any concerns or limitations that should make me change my mind? Can I install a larger hard drive or even more RAM, or will my processor limit the gains at some point?

Are there better (more effective) upgrades that I should consider? The use of the computer will be photo editing, movie editing, etc.


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Your unit will only accept 3GB of ram which you should install if you want to do photo editing. That would be one 1 GB and one 2 GB ram sticks. Then I would install a 750 GB hard drive because of the photo editing.

750 GB 5400 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive

MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Model A1211 Hard Drive Replacement

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