Buy SSD-disk or upgrade RAM?



I own a Macbook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012, Memory: 4 GB 1600 Mhz DDR3, 500GB SATA.

I'm running Logic Pro X 10.2 on Mavericks. I frequently get "system overload" message in Logic. So now I wonder which upgrade option will improve the performance on my Macbook.

I'm considering between these 2 options to speed up my Macbook:

1. Upgrading RAM to 8GB Crucial (2 x 4 GB sticks) + buy a Samsung SSD 750 EVO 500GB


2. Upgrading RAM to 16GB Crucial (2x 8GB sticks) + buy a Samsung SSD 750 EVO 500GB

Or should I first buy a SSD-disc and then upgrade RAM to either 8 or 16GB?


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Firstly you probably should be running at least El Capitan for better CPU performance with Logic. Your ram is too small. Most would probably say 16 gig is a minimum. It's possible also you have a slow 5200 rpm drive so an ssd would be a huge performance boost, the machine would be way snappier and probably stop the system overload messages. I would upgrade both as much as you could afford as they are important for performance together. Remember to leave a sizable chunk of free drive space above what you need for storage (maybe 20%) as the OS needs it for operational tasks.


Maybe go with upgrading to 8 GB ram and a 240 SSD. You can get an external USB 3 SSD by Samsung pretty cheap and not have to do anything special. Samsung 240 GB external is 119 at Best Buy.