Macbook upgrade question.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by onmi, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. onmi macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2011
    I currently have a mint condition Mid-2010 Macbook Pro 15. I am planning on hooking it up to my HDTV via a mini-displayport to HDMI adapter&cable.

    My question is: would it be worth upgrading the current 5400rpm hard drive with a 128GB SSD and upgrading the 4GB 1067 stock ram to 8GB 1067, or buy a new 2012 model mac? My current model scored a 5078 geekbench score on 32bit and 5714 score on 64bit.

    I plan on playing mostly Starcraft II, Diablo III and doing computer programming. Thanks everyone. :)
  2. user418 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2010
    I say upgrade the hard drive and memory. There are lots of posts on MR where users noticed vast improvements on older MBP's with an upgrade. A "mint condition" 2010 is not that out of date. Perhaps you've got your sights set on the new models set for release in the near future?
  3. onmi, Apr 23, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2012

    onmi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2011
    I have seen a couple reports and posts about older macbooks getting faster. I was either thinking upgrading to 128GB SSD and 8GB ram on my mid 2010 macbook pro 15" or get a 2012 mac mini to hook up to my HDTV in the case that the SSD and ram upgrade isn't worth it.
  4. Free Ale macrumors member

    Free Ale

    Mar 29, 2012
    If buying a new MBP is completely available, why not wait till after the refresh and decide? If the update is not tempting enough for you to buy a new laptop, then upgrade your current computer and enjoy the speed improvements:)
  5. onmi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2011
    Im not gonna buy a new laptop, the farthest my budget would allow would be a 2012 mac mini. or save some money and just get the HD and ram upgrade
  6. user418 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2010
    Mac Mini - $799

    Samsung 830 128 GB - $159

    OWC 8 GB Kit - $50 World Computing/8566DDR3S8GP/

    Figured you'd go with the Mini with the better graphics card based on your post. Just some food for thought.
  7. onmi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2011
    Yeah, thats what kinda draws me over to the mini. If I would buy one, I'd most likely get the i7 non server mini with the better graphics. If the new generation mini is quad core i5 and i7 with at least 2.4ghz, I'd want that instead... I believe my Macbook pro mid 2010 is dual core i5 @2.4ghz.
  8. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    Bottlenecks in gaming are usually GPU, CPU, or sometimes RAM, not hard drive speeds. Programming will need very little resources.

    Chck page outs to see if you need to upgrade RAM. If you want this upgrade because gaming performance isn't as good as you'd like, then you have no choice but to get a new mac.
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Neither of these upgrades will do anything for you gaming wise apart from loading times. The 2010 machine is still plenty capable and is perfectly able to run both SC2 and Diablo III, heck I run diablo III on my 2008 non-unibody MBP!
  10. roofz macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2012
    Southern California
    upgrade the ram

    you'll get a little improvement from this (like ~5 extra FPS)
  11. onmi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2011
    Well, looks like I'll upgrade the SSD and RAM since my student budget sucks. Thanks all.:)

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