Originally Posted by hmm
This is a common user complaint. Old computer is slow. On occasion it can be some kind of hardware issue. Drives from that era are definitely slower. Much of the time it's a combination of things like somewhat full hard drive with the quirks that HFS+ tends to develop over time combined with lack of ram on a newer OS. The thing is that depending on versions that you're running vs ram installed, you should still have a reasonably snappy system. If you buy today, I suggest buying it with stock ram. Add an 8GB kit for $50 giving you a total of 12GB. It should feel okay for a few years that way.
Also can you be a bit more descriptive on how it's struggling? Is it just a frequent beachball or does it start to act flakey when the machine is really warm? I'm asking this stuff in case you're trying to wait for Ivy.
Thanks for your input...
It probably starts, shuts down and opens applications pretty much as fast as before... Probably a second or so slower, depending on the application, but not too bad...
It has got 2Gb RAM (updated from 1GB to 2GB in 2008). HDD is 250Gb.
The main concerns that I have got and reasons for considering upgrading to a newer one are:
1- I have got Snow Leopard, which is great, but I can't update to Lion as it has only got Intel Dual Core (its early 2006), therefore can't use iCloud (I have got an iPad 2 and iPhone 4) with my Mac.
2- For Photo programs like iPhoto 11 (reason why iCloud integration would be very interesting) and PS Lightroom, it does struggle, when opening photos, editing, etc... (mainly editing...). I am not a photo professional, but I am starting, got a nice SLR camera a few months ago, photo files are quite large (on RAW format), and it takes me a long time to do even simple enhancing/checking photos... As there is a 5-10 second delay in doing most things...., even with clicking between menus... And this is with one application opened only at the same time, not several ones....
Mail, browsing on Safari is pretty OK.
3-The DVD/CD writer is a bit slow too, for reading and for burning.
4-Takes a while to open iTunes. Once it is open, it is not too bad, although if I have got the iPad and iPhone connected, sometimes struggles for a few seconds (showing spinning multicolor ball instead of mouse) when clicked on different menus, etc... (But I am not sure if this is due to the slow connection between the iDevice and the computer (normal USB or wireless, doesn't matter) or to due with the connection and the Mac....
Hope this helps.... So, still worth waiting until Ivy arrives or going for a i7, 8Gb or 16Gb, 1T HDD and AMD Radeon HD 6770M 512MB GDDR5 (got on mine 128Mb VRAM only.
I can't really wait until June, for several personal and financial reasons... but I am happy to wait until late April... I have read mixed information regarding the possible release.... I am not sure anybody knows for sure, is that correct?).
So, what do you think....?
Thanks a lot. Really appreciate your help.