Upgrade MacBook Pro vs replace?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by gibbo132, May 12, 2012.

  1. gibbo132, May 12, 2012
    Last edited: May 13, 2012

    gibbo132 macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2010

    I currently have a 2009 unibody MBP C2D 2.53ghz, 4gbs ram, 250gb hd. It is a bit long in the tooth now and running fairly slow.

    I am either looking at replacing it with a MBA or a new 13" pro if they come out! The other option is to upgrade it with an ssd, optibay hdd and 8gbs of ram for around £170.

    How much faster would the machine be with those upgrades? Or is it just more cost effective in the long run to get a new machine? I do love the screen size even if it is a bit heavy!

    I mainly use the machine for editing RAW files in Aperture ands photoshop (cs4 at the moment so the extra ram won't help)

    I'm also concerned that the machine is nearly 3 years old and may start to see applications requiring higher specs, do you think that will be a problem?

  2. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One
    You would definitely see an increase of speed for copying files/startup. As for applications, usually the bottleneck is the CPU.

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