Haven't posted in this Forum in years I think. As fate would have it, after swearing as a diehard fanboy that I'd never go for Apple, I've just purchased a 13" Macbook Pro. I went for the low-end SKU because I think the custom-build upgrades from Apple are way overpriced.
I'm looking to add two upgrades right off the bat: 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The RAM upgrade is fairly straightforward: I need 1600Mhz DDR3 SODIMM memory. I'm going for a 2x8GB Corsair Vengeance Kit (http://www.amazon.co...0/dp/B0076W9Q5A). I don't think there should be any incompatibility issues there, but please correct me if I'm mistaken.
The SSD part is trickier. I've heard Apple only supports TRIM on the SSDs they supply themselves - which I refuse to buy out of principle. They're way too expensive, and the performance they bring to the table doesn't justify the markup. Now I guess any SSD should work, but I'm not sure whether this is actually the case. I was hoping one of you could shed light on this. I wouldn't want to purchase a drive before first getting your take on it.
I'm thinking of getting a Samsung 830 drive. Good reliability, amazing speed and it's hovering around the $1/GB sweet spot. The 256GB model (http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B005T3GPXY/) should suffice for my needs as a system drive.
Will this SSD play nice with my new Macbook? My plan is to mount it on an external enclosure when I get it so I can format it as a Mac Journaled drive (I assume it comes formatted in NTFS, which won't do), then replace my internal HDD and do a clean OSX Lion install.
Thanks in advance!!