I currently find my new computer a bit slow when it comes to my number crunching requirements. Also, I find my computer painfully slow when it's running VirtualBox.

My budget is around $500. Newegg has 2 x 8GB for ~$220 and the 256GB for around $500.

My uses:

  • Heavy Number Crunching including calculations, multiple iterations, large matrix development and calculation (Not graphics)
  • Virtual Box with windows 7 for Visual Studio access and some other windows only GIS and Number Crunching software
  • General Internet Lamery
  • Word Processing (Microsoft Office)

16GB Memory + 128GB SSD + Data Doubler from OWC (or analog from ebay) to put SSD into it. Only caveat would be if your MBP is one of early ones that had Optical SATA connector capped at 3Gbps. Then if you want SSD to be as fast as possible it's better to put it in place of HDD.

  • I wonder, could I replace my DVD with the existing harddrive and add the 120 gb instead of the current hard drive?
    – dassouki
    Dec 7 '11 at 20:21
  • @dassouki yeah, you can definitely do that. There are kits out there. You'd be best served by going down this route providing that you wouldn't miss having a built in optical drive. Bear in mind that you can share the optical drives of other machines over a network or get a USB one.
    – macaco
    Dec 7 '11 at 20:24
  • @dassouki I've edited answer because it's probably better to put SSD in Data Doubler for your model of MBP. This way you will not loose Sudden Motion Sensor functionality. There are caveat though if your particular MBP is one of early ones.
    – iskra
    Dec 7 '11 at 20:39

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