Macbook Pro for Logic X Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by FCBarcelona1234, Aug 25, 2015.

  1. FCBarcelona1234 macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2015
    I have a 2010 MBP, non-retina, and am thinking about getting a new retina MBP. I will use it for common tasks such as safari, word, and excel. However, my main concern is using Logic X (or MainStage when I am live). I am currently using Logic 9, and have run into many computer overload messages, as my files tend to be complex (I write a lot of electronic music or pop with a lot of layers).

    In terms of specs, I am thinking about getting the model with 2.7/256SSD and the 16 gb upgrade, up from 8. My current machine runs a 2.4 Core 2 Duo/250 spinning drive and 4gb ram.

    Would an upgrade to a new machine be the best option, or would a ram and SSD upgrade to my current machine be better. I know that keeping my current machine (and having ram and SSD upgrades) would obviously be cheaper, but with an old processor, a 5-year old battery, and old ports, would it still be worth upgrading an older machine? Also, I know its just speculation at this point, but do you guys feel like the skylake machine will be a huge upgrade to the 2015 models?

    Thanks a lot!
  2. visusest macrumors newbie


    Dec 4, 2013
    It would be well worth it, but spending a few hundred on a half terabyte ssd and 16gb of ram will definitely whip your machine into the modern age. My daily use laptop is a 2009 C2D 2.53 upgraded with a X25M SSD (from '09) and 8GB of RAM. I'm almost getting to the point where I feel like I need to upgrade when heavy lifting is involved, but I'll probably stick it out for another year or two. I'd say stick with it and when you want a "new" Mac, get one used that's 2 or 3 years old and maxed out ... way cheaper.
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    At 5 years old you are getting into not worth putting any money into an old machine territory. Any laptop older than that is in the could fail at any time category in my book and the battery is getting towards the end of it's life at that point too and will need replacing to stop it being a hazard at some point fairly soon.

    If it was me I'd put the money towards a new one and have the thunderbolt 2, USB 3, AC wifi, HDMI connections not to mention the superfast SDD and much better processor architecture, fantastic battery life and the oh so lovely screen.
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    You know how much HD space you need so I won't advise on that.

    If you're getting CPU overloads then you probably need a new machine. If it's the RAM or HD choking then an upgrade could probably work well.

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