Forget RAM, forget a faster CPU, forget a beefier graphics card. If you are still running a Mac with a spinning, physical hard drive, the best upgrade you can possibly make is to drop a solid-state flash drive into the machine. The immediate effect on perceived performance is stunning: it’s the difference between seeing a spinning beach ball every hour and not seeing one for months at a time.
Unfortunately, for a long time, what has kept most people from making this update to their older Macs has been price. SSDs are more expensive than physical HDDs. That’s still true, by the way, but it’s less so now than it ever has been, making this a perfect time to finally take the plunge.
Thanks in large part to the floods in Thailand that caused the price of HDDs to wildly inflate, SSDs are a lot more competitively priced per gig than they once were. And thanks to a lot of competition that has causes prices to drop steadily over the past year, it’s a great time to upgrade to an SSD.
There’s more detailed info over on TechReport, including a number of charts and graphs of average SSD prices, but the bottom line is this is a great time to finally upgrade your Mac to an SSD. If you haven’t already, upgrading to an SSD drive is really something everyone should consider doing: it’ll give your old Mac a new lease on life.