Will upgrading my mid-2010 Macbook Pro solve all of my problems?
March 18, 2014 10:45 AM Subscribe
My mid-2010 Macbook Pro doesn't handle streaming video or huge Excel files well. Would a comprehensive upgrade solve my problems, or am I better off buying a new computer?
posted by acidic to Computers & Internet (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My specs: 2.4 GHz Core2Duo, 8GB RAM (upgraded), 250GB HDD filled nearly to capacity, "7,1 model"
My problem: computer gets uncomfortably hot and loud streaming video such as Netflix, sports, etc. Excel is deathly slow (slight lag time on every click/keystroke) even with small files, and my files for work are pretty big (100MB+)
I'd like to upgrade my RAM to 16GB (OWC says it can be done on this particular model?), swap out the HDD for a SSD, replace my broken CD drive with a HDD, install Windows to run Excel, and reapply thermal paste if necessary (already done once before).
1. Do you think these upgrades would solve my problems, or do I really need a new processor? I would get a lower-end retina MBP or Air. But I'd rather stretch the life of my computer a couple more years.
2. What size SSD and HDD should I get? Am I supposed to put most of my media on the HDD, meaning there'd be no point in getting a large SSD? And is there any benefit in buying a new HDD versus just using the one I have right now?