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Hardware Advice and Logic/Sytem Optimisation

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Hello All!


I have a mid 2009 13" MacBook Pro, OSX 10.8.3, Running Logic Pro 9.

Processor 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

Memory 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3

Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB

HDD 500GB 5400rpm (around 50% empty)

Connected to a 24" External Display.


And recently I've had a lot of work with Video and really noticed just how slow it runs. The external display seems to destroy the frame rate and casues response lag in logic itself.

As for working with video when there's a video loading into the project everything runs so slowly, dragging regions are very delayed and it can't seem to buffer in the video for looped sections, or at the start of playback, so I just end up with a slide show.


So my question is, am I forking out £1500 for a new MacBook?


Or is an SSD upgrade going to help? Will other upgrades just bottle neck on my old machine? WIll a better GPU help at all (I'm assuming Logic will mostly use the CPU, even for video playback, but a better GPU may help the visual frame rate).


The other thing to consider is most new MacBooks have quad core processors, but isn't Logic only set up to use a dual core? So do I get a powerful dual core, or do I go the quad route assuming logic 10 (if it ever comes!) will support.


Or am I wrong in my assumptions?


Following on from this, what do people do to optimise their machines and keep logic running well? I just keep the HDD clean and empty, run only logic when working, disk verify and repair often, keep the desktop icon/folder free. Anything else?




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