I am hoping someone can provide some advice regarding what to do with my 2011 MBP. Bare with me as I am not very savvy with computer specs so I try to be as informative as possible. I have gotten advice from several sources and not sure if its correct. I purchased my 15 in. MBP in late 2011, at that time it was most expensive MBP the store sold. I was told to buy as much as a I could afford. Its a 2.3 GHZ, 4 GB. I believe it has a 750 HDD ?? Sorry, its not with me at the moment. I am not sure about the Hard drive size. At that time I was doing some graphic design work on the side. I was told this was basically a desktop replacement. Turns out I didn't get involved in graphic design as much as I thought and didn't run it through the paces as I expected to. About two months ago it really started slowing down. Beach balls with almost every task and moving to different webpages was becoming painful. I cleaned out the downloads, deleted files, did a PRAM reset and it ran much better but only for a few days. I work for a computer company but on the business side so again, not real savvy when things start to go wrong. I asked my IT dept. that works on the Macs. I appreciate their time but I got different info from each person and they got into a big debate leaving me more confused than when I started. The advise *Buy new, my MBP is old and it sucks. *Update the RAM *swap out the hard drive with a SSD and up the RAM to 12 GBs and it will be better than new. *Hard drive might be shot. We get good discounts at work so a lot of people buy new computers every 1-2 yrs. I bought this computer before I started working for the company and its the first mac I have bought that wasn't a base model, so I just don't understand why it would bog down so fast when my son still uses my old white MB from 2007. It seems like I should have a lot more life in it, don't ya think? I paid 2500 dollars and that seems really hefty to have so many issues. Anyway, I made an impulse purchase over the weekend and bought a MBA. I got a good deal but I'd really like to know if I can do something with my MBP. I just can't accept that its a 2500 paper weight. I will probably keep my MBA for travel and buy myself a iMac for photo editing etc. If I can boost up my MBP, it would be great for my son as the white MB he has served its purpose for the most part. Sorry if I am all over the place, Im just feeling a tad frustrated. Thanks in advance.