Or am I better off putting the money toward a new computer? I've maxed out the RAM to 4GB, and I installed a 500GB HD a few years back, which has well over 100GB free. I don't do anything resource intensive on this machine, but nonetheless, it's become very slow, sometimes freezing for 30 seconds in the middle of typing a sentence in an email. I was going to restore it to factory settings, but the Super Drive isn't working anymore, so I can't. I like to get as much as I can out of my computers, but I need it to work better than it is. Will a SSD give me back the performance I need? If so, for how long?