Hi all, I'm running a MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009) Intel Core 2 Duo T9900 3.06 GHz (2 cores) with 8GB of RAM (max.) and a 7200rpm HDD, but about to upgrade to an SSD. She's well looked after, in almost perfect condition, and for the most part, meets my needs - although large vector file lags in Illustrator are becoming a little frustrating. I appreciate the Core 2 Duo is quite outdated but I'm struggling to grasp just how much of an improvement a quad-core i7 will be. Beyond the usuals, I'm a pretty heavy user of Illustrator and some basic modeling programs (Sketchup, Rhino), with some Photoshop and InDesign usage. So, before I pop in an SSD (will this help with aforementioned lags, btw?), I did happen to notice the new Mac Minis. Basically I've got my design thesis to undertake this semester which has made my a little apprehensive over my 2009 MBP. Portability, for the moment, is no issue. If I were to walk the Mac Mini route, I'd be looking at the 2.6GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, and I'd boost the RAM to 16GB and install a 256GB SSD myself - running me a little over $1250AUD down here. I'm not entirely sure of the market value of my current MBP (I paid over $4000AUD for it when back when, ha), but I'm sure it would sell. Am I going to see significant performance improvement with the Mac Mini? Bare in mind I have to compare this with the performance on my MBP with an SSD. I understand the SSD will help greatly with start-up, reading, writing times - but does is significantly improve processing times in Ps, Ai, etc.? I've got a feeling the processor is more responsible for this but that's simply an educated guess. Anyway, advice is appreciated. I guess even if I required portability one day after thesis, I imagine the Mac Mini will hold it's value pretty well over the first year or so, right? Cheers, Thom.