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    8gb RAM or 7200 rpm HDD
    Hello,

    I am looking to upgrade my late 2009 MacBook Pro I currently have 4gb of Ram with a 5400 HDD. I am looking at either getting 8gb RAM or a 7200rpm drive but don't know which. I was hoping you guys could help me make a decision. My computer gets noticeably slow when I run vmware fusion with 64bit windows 7. I like to use safari at the same time but it gets very slow and I only have about 470mb of RAM free. I also like to use Final Cut Pro X and this gets slow also, sometimes a few minutes of the spinning beach ball.

    So basically 8gb RAM or 7200 HDD? Thanks!

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    For the situation you've described - RAM will give you the better performance improvement.

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    Okay, thank you.

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    Id go with the RAM too. I don't know if you'll notice a huge performance gain in the HDD. I would recommend going with an SSD

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    Ok cool. I think I'm going to upgrade RAM then. SSD isn't in the budget right know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexsMacBookPro View Post
    Ok cool. I think I'm going to upgrade RAM then. SSD isn't in the budget right know.
    The SSD won't give you the performance increase you're looking for under the circumstances you've described anyway. The RAM is the right choice to improve your Virtual machine performance.

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