Macbook Late 2008 upgrade?

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  1. iExposed macrumors newbie

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    What would you recommend for primary use(s) of editing photos & video using Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Premier Pro & After-Effects.

    Current Setup:
    Late 2008 Aluminum Macbook 2.4GHz
    4GB RAM
    500GB 7200rpm HDD
    Leopard OSX

    1) Upgrade to 8GB RAM
    2) Upgrade to SSD (though I think the price/storage is still high)
    3) Save for a MBP

    Thanks!
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    1. It should cost around 50 USD.

    2. SSD will cost between 100 to 300 USD and more, if you want a bigger capacity.

    3. That is probably the best choice, though a RAM upgrade shouldn't hold you back from saving enough. Depending on what you do in AE and PS and LR, a dedicated GPU might speed up things.

    I use AE and PS on a 2009 MBP with the 9400M and 9600M GT combo, and often the 9400M suffices my needs.
     
  3. ELMI0001, Jan 25, 2012
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    ELMI0001 macrumors 6502

    ELMI0001

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    I'm debating the same thing ...

    I upgraded to 4 GB right away, but have considered pushing to 6 or 8 even. Don't know if I need to, but want to.

    I was looking at an SSD but didn't want to give up the optical drive and didn't want to lose capacity. My 160gb hard drive is filling up quickly (we have a 20 month old so we have lots of pictures and videos), so I was looking at a 256gb SSD from Crucial. That's about $400 including tax/shipping/transfer kit.

    My MacBook will turn 4 later this year. Perhaps the money is better put towards a new machine. We would probably go iMac in the office and keep the MacBook for mobility and are adding an iPad when the 3 comes out. iMac/iPad for me, MacBook for my wife.

    If I go ahead with the iMac purchase, I'll move all the music and non-home videos to the iMac and maybe put in a smaller SSD in the MacBook just to give it a breath of fresh air for my wife.

    Lots to consider!

    It's a tough decision. I'd save for a new machine and sell your old one (if that's a consideration).
     
  4. iExposed thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think I'll try the 8GB RAM upgrade first but ponying up for an SSD would probably be better spent saving for a new MBP.

    Is the 2.4GHz really being taxed when encoding H.264 files to an intermediate format in Premier? What about for RAW stills in Lightroom?
     
  5. Jayp03 macrumors newbie

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    I have a late 2008 Macbook running Lion. I upgraded my RAM to 8GB a little over a year ago and I just upgraded my HDD to an SSD this past week. Overall, I think the upgrades were worth it and I'll probably keep this machine for another year or two before buying a new one. I spent about $220 in upgrades total. It's really up to you though on what you feel is worth it.
     
  6. ELMI0001 macrumors 6502

    ELMI0001

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    What size SSD?
     
  7. Jayp03 macrumors newbie

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    120GB. Crucial m4.
     
  8. torana355 macrumors 68020

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    Save for a new MBP. If anything adding ram and a cheap 64gig SSD could be quite cost effective.
     
  9. iExposed thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just swapped upgraded to 8GB RAM from 4GB and that definitely helped with the amount of beach balling. Guess the next step would be to slap in a SSD or get a new rig for photo/video editing. Might actually try building a Hackintosh :p
     

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