Lightroom 4 performance tuning

Disclaimer: I've already followed the no-cost advice I've seen from Googling, but didn't help much.

So I recently upgraded from lightroom 3 to 4 on my Core2Duo 13" MacBook Pro, 8GB RAM, 500GB 5400rpm HDD. 3 ran pretty well, but 4 is chugging.

What are my options for improving performance? For what it's worth I'm considering an upgrade to a new SSD-equipped Mac, or at least upgrading to a SSD on my existing computer, but that would probably mean offloading my photos to a bigger external hard drive.

If say, I were to get a 15" Retina MBP, would I see significant improvement in performance?

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