I am new to Mac, and am really liking my new little system so far. I paired it with a nice IPS monitor, and upgraded to 8GB of ram. I wanted to get some pointers form the Mac experts here as my Samsung Laptop feels faster than my Mac Mini. I know some people will give me grief for making this statement, but it is a risk I am willing to take in order to make sure my mini is running as fast as it can. Here is the hardware of my laptop: CPU - i5 1st gen GPU - Nvidia 310M HD - 500GB 5400 rpm RAM - 4GB DDR3 OS - Windows 7 and have tried Snow Leopard. My Mac mini CPU- i5 2.3 GPU - HD3000 HD - 500GB 5400 rpm RAM - 8GB DDR3 (PSD38G1333SK) OS - Lion As you can see even my laptop running Snow Leopard seems faster. Don't get me wrong the Mini is plenty fast, but is there any recommendations on things I can do to speed up the system aside from an SSD? Thanks for any help. Edit: I guess I should mention that once the app is open things seem more equal. The speed difference is actually in opening the App itself even if it is the 2nd time as at this point I would assume it is in RAM.