Well, my poor 15" MBP (Early 2011) finally stopped working. Black screen, no chime. For the last year it had been running quite flawlessly with the discrete GPU disabled via the EFI fix, but now after several days of troubleshooting, trying to reset SMC and pulling components, I can only assume that the logic board has finally crapped out. Just want to bounce my ideas around and get a bit of a sanity check before I make the leap to a new machine. I bought this MBP when I was living in the US, right before I moved to Spain. Mostly I wanted it for general use and internet, possibly video editing and light gaming, etc. Before that I had a 27" iMac that I loved, but for obvious reasons I had to sell it and get something that I could take with me abroad. Since then I've settled down here for the long term in Spain, and I've taken the MBP with me back to the US a few times on my trips back. It's been nice to have sometimes, but the last couple trips I decided the extra weight wasn't worth it and that I'm happy enough with my latest model iPhone for most things. I'm thinking about getting a new 2019 iMac, the low end 27", since that's about all I can afford and I don't really like any of Apple's laptop offerings (they're expensive over here in Europe, not to mention they just don't seem that great of a value compared with what I bought 8 years ago!) My MBP rarely goes anywhere other than from my living room table to the kitchen table, so I could live with my next computer having a more permanent spot in the house. My MBP had a decent 10GB of RAM and I upgraded it to a 1TB hybrid drive a few years ago, which made it seem like a whole new machine after a few years with the regular 500GB stock drive. I didn't do an SSD because they were too expensive at the time for the capacity that I needed. At this point the 1TB hybrid drive is a little over half full. I've had some slowdowns from time to time but honestly I've been incredibly happy with the performance of my 2011 machine so many years later, it's been pulling its weight pretty well despite having to use only the integrated graphics chip. I've read through these forums a bit about SSD vs. Fusion drives but I'm still not convinced that the small SSDs are worthwhile. If I CTO from the 1TB fusion drive to the 256GB SSD, am I gambling on the side of too little capacity? I have the 1TB hybrid from my laptop that I can put in an external case, and a few 1-2TB external drives (not SSD) that I could offload photos, music etc. to, and a large enough Time Capsule drive for backups. I would love to get the 512GB SSD CTO option, but honestly I'd rather spend that money on the AppleCare+ (I have two juvenile cats and envision nightmare scenarios of them knocking it over the day after I get it!) I think that's pretty much it. Any thoughts/recommendations would be appreciated!