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Current macbook is the 2008 model, with core 2 duo at 2.4ghz, 2gb ram, 250gb harddrive

^i can upgrade that to a 240gb SSD an 4gb of ram for about $210 from newegg.


is it worth it or should i keep the 210 and sell my current macbook and down payment on a new one?
    
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What do you want from it in terms of performance? SSD will help programs load faster, and if you do any sort of content creation (compiling programs, 3D CAD, video editing etc.) it'll help with save/load times. Won't do much for gaming. 4GB of RAM would be the single largest performance gain. I'd personally recommend a 128GB SSD, and move your HDD to the optical drive bay for a good bang/buck upgrade.

Otherwise, i7 quad is about 60% faster on dual-threaded performance, and more like 140% faster on multi-threaded. Nvidia 650M is waaaaay faster than a C2D MBP's graphics (I'm guessing 9600M GT?). As in, overclock it and you're looking at ATi 5770 / Nv GTS 450 performance, vs. the 9600M GT, which is slower than a GT 430 (which is way slower than a 450).

Me, I'd go with a newer model. Tons more performance, much longer battery life, etc.
 
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What do you want from it in terms of performance? SSD will help programs load faster, and if you do any sort of content creation (compiling programs, 3D CAD, video editing etc.) it'll help with save/load times. Won't do much for gaming. 4GB of RAM would be the single largest performance gain. I'd personally recommend a 128GB SSD, and move your HDD to the optical drive bay for a good bang/buck upgrade.
Otherwise, i7 quad is about 60% faster on dual-threaded performance, and more like 140% faster on multi-threaded. Nvidia 650M is waaaaay faster than a C2D MBP's graphics (I'm guessing 9600M GT?). As in, overclock it and you're looking at ATi 5770 / Nv GTS 450 performance, vs. the 9600M GT, which is slower than a GT 430 (which is way slower than a 450).
Me, I'd go with a newer model. Tons more performance, much longer battery life, etc.

i mainly use adobe dreamweaver/fireworks working with website development and every once in awhile a little bit of after effects
    
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Then the question is, do those programs run too slow? I'd definitely expect After Effects to run much faster with a newer MBP. So also, are those programs slow while you're working, and/or while loading/saving? And also consider RAM usage- if your RAM utilization is anywhere in the 80%+ range, the programs can probably run faster with more RAM. So.. depending on the exact performance issues, RAM upgrade might do the trick, but if it doesn't while you're working with the program (as opposed to load/save), then the CPU (and/or the graphics- AE is hardware accelerated) is the issue.
 
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