Worth upgrading 2009 MB Pro?
I have a couple of essential repairs I need to make to my aging 2009 15" MacBook Pro.
1. Faulty/dying graphics card (a Display, flickering green lines from what I can see). As a couple of users reported in that link, appears to be a soldering issue, as when I apply pressure from the bottom of the machine under the option key the lines go away.
Repair guys here (Australia) won't do the soldering, so looks like I need a new logic board.
2. Busted trackpad that needs to be replaced.
3. Very sick battery.
For these essential repairs, I'm looking at US$500-600, or over $1000 in Australian $ including labour.
I know once it gets over 1k the usual advice is to just get a new machine, but for my own reasons (mostly impractical and ethical) I'd rather just upgrade my existing one if possible. My question is if I put:
• 8GB RAM (* I know Apple says they only officially support 4GB Ram for my model, but I'm happy to try it with 8; seems plenty of people do.)
• 500GB SSD
• New battery
• Logic board
into the machine, will the difference in speed and performance be noticeable? Will I have a machine that'd be speedy and last me for another few years? I don't flog my machine too much, but occasionally need to run Photoshop and Illustrator side by side with a few other applications.
Is this a good question?