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Got my 2008 Macbook Pro with a 2.4ghz C2D, 2gb ram, 250gb HDD, 9600gt. However it has been running REALLY slow when I have word, adobe reader and firefox open. I use these programs everyday for school and it is becoming annoying.

So general consensus on OCN has been upgrade to a SSD instead of 4-8gb of ram. So I am gonna do that.

Which one and size should I get? I will have OSX Lion, iTunes, MS Office, and some other small programs on it. Along with about 12gb of music. Would a 64gb be big enough? I heard SSD's run slower when being close to filled up. I also download torrent files (all legal lol) but I can immediately move them to my external 2TB HDD, so I just need like 10-15gb of temp space left over.

Think 64gb is enough? I wanna go as cheap as possible but still see a big improvement.
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I think Lion really needs 4gb to be decent. I'd honestly go that route over an SSD. If you can afford both, by all means, do it.
Or, If you don't use your optical bay, remove it, convert it to an SSD bay with the opti-bay or some cheap ebay alternative, and put in a smaller SSD and keep your old HDD to save money, and upgrade the ram.
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I think Lion really needs 4gb to be decent. I'd honestly go that route over an SSD. If you can afford both, by all means, do it.
Or, If you don't use your optical bay, remove it, convert it to an SSD bay with the opti-bay or some cheap ebay alternative, and put in a smaller SSD and keep your old HDD to save money, and upgrade the ram.

you'd upgrade the ram over the hard drive?
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post #4 of 7
Upgrade both; problem solved. tongue.gif
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you'd upgrade the ram over the hard drive?

Forsure. If you didn't and did the SSD, you'd be listening to OCN (which is a good thing, except when it comes to macs). 95% of them despise macs so they instantly think, SSD! Little do they know, Lion requires 4gb to run even moderately decently.
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Check for RAM compatibility & get 2x4GB DDR3 1333Mhz (if it is DDR3) from G.Skill

Upgrade your HDD to SSD thumb.gif
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post #7 of 7
I would really upgrade both at this point. You will have some better performance out of the older Mac. My brother has the same thing, upgraded the RAM but I'm trying to convince him to get a SSD since they're the same size as a laptop drive anyway and fast.
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