Processer, CPU or RAM bottleneck?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Redwing085, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. Redwing085 macrumors newbie

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    Looking to speed up my MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009) w/ following specs:

    Processor: 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory: 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 (2X4GB)
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB
    (approx 70gbs free of 250)

    What suggestions do you all have to speed up my computer? I am considering installing a 250GB SSD but want to make sure that the hard drive is the root of my performance issues.

    Thanks
     
  2. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    SSD will help, but the cpu is still slow compared to more current computers.
     
  3. Redwing085 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for quick response. So is that a processor issue?

    Initial OS start up and Application startup is my main issue.
     
  4. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Those are both issues solved by an ssd. Cpu is more the performance in the application itself, after it has started.

    Ram is more how many programs/tasks you can have going at the same time before it starts slowing down.
     
  5. Redwing085 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Very helpful, thanks!
     
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Speed it up doing what? Without that info any comment you'll read could be totally off.
     
  7. Redwing085 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Initial OS start up and Application startup is my main issue. I'll be opening same file as person next to me but it will take me longer to both startup my computer and open up the application/file.
     
  8. Agent-P macrumors 68030

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    I would agree with Freyqq that an SSD would be the best upgrade to make at this point. Those two items you listed (boot times and application launch speed) are directly addressed by the SSD itself. Once you go SSD, you'll never be able to use a computer with a mechanical hard drive the same way again.
     
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Then the hard drive is your bottleneck.
     
  10. Redwing085 thread starter macrumors newbie

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