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Hello. I have a mid-2010 13.3" MacBook Pro. It has a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM and a (I believe 5400 RPM) 250 GB HDD that came with it.

If I don't get a new computer this year, I was planning on upgrading to 8 GB RAM and possibly an SSD. Will the processor still be holding back the SSD and hence make it not worth upgrading?

asked Feb 18 '13 at 12:15

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edited Feb 18 '13 at 17:59

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You will definitely see an improvement in performance by upgrading to an SSD. Hard drives are usually the bottleneck, especially your 5400 rpm HD.

Add the RAM and SSD and bring that laptop back to life.

answered Feb 18 '13 at 13:27

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I guess it depends on your usage. If you edit video, you won't need the upgrades (you should sell your current MacBook and buy a newer one), but if you do standard things like web browsing, photo editing, web development, the occasional iMovie project, you'll notice a huge leap in every day tasks by getting an SSD. An SSD will also be better for reselling the MacBook Pro on Craigslist. The added RAM would just add a little more future proofing.

answered Feb 18 '13 at 13:26

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You will definitely see an improvement with an SSD. Mechanical hard drives are ok, but SSD's are reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally fast! You definitely will see a major improvement with an SSD.

answered Feb 18 '13 at 14:01

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yep it will be a major improvement.

I have used an SSD on old systems running a AMD 64 3200+ and it was a major improvement.

(I tested my SSD in my old PC acting as a server for a month before using it in my main PC)

The hard drive is a major bottleneck even for old CPU's (much older than the core 2 )

answered Feb 18 '13 at 14:05

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edited Feb 18 '13 at 17:46

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