I have a dilemma here (albeit a common one) and I'm reaching out for some other opinions. My sincere thanks for any advice that you can provide to me. The bottom line is this: Should I upgrade my current computer or get a new one? Here are my exact specs and needs: I currently have a 2006 Mac Pro "Quad-Core" with the 2.66ghz processors (I think it is two dual core processors back in '06) 16GB ram, 256MB ATI graphics card, 4 HDs (7200 rpm, 3gb/s SATA), two of which are in a striped RAID, and the other two are a mirrored RAID to back up the first two. It just does not seem to be that fast anymore. I'm not sure if it is just my perspective, or the demands of new software... I also have a maxed out Macbook from 2007 that I use only for checking email. I could probably sell the two of them for about $1300 combined and I am good at selling things online. Goal: Increase performance (hopefully alot) without spending alot more money. I realize that these two goals are a bit in conflict, but I am trying to get the best value. I really like the mobility of a laptop, but performance is the main priority and I have a work laptop and iPhone that works for most of my email needs. Primary Use:Editing and stitching large (22mp RAW) photo files and editing HD movies in iMovie. Important:Top priority is performance. Mobility of laptop would be nice, but not necessary. I could always just keep my current laptop for web surfing and email as it is not worth that much and that is all I use it for. Not Important: Using dual monitors, having lots of internal storage space (I can use cheap/slow external drives for storage space. All that to say that the following are my options: 1. Put an SSD drive in my Mac Pro as the workhorse main drive and use the other drives for storage (worth upgrading a computer this old? Will I get a big boost in application performance or is this a lost cause?) 2. Sell my Mac Pro and Laptop and put the $1300 or so dollars toward one of the following: A. Mac Mini with one SSD drive, best processor, 8GB ram (I am capable of upgrading the drive and ram myself if it saves some money) B. Mac Mini server with two SSD drives in RAID, best processor, 8GB ram (I am capable of upgrading the drive and ram myself) C. iMac with one or two SSDs (RAID if two), 8GB ram, best processor (it it that much faster than a mini? I already have a nice monitor, so don't want to pay alot just for a monitor) D. Macbook Pro (hook up to second monitor to use as a desktop) with top specs. E. Other ideas?