Hello Everybody – I have a 2008 Macbook Aluminum (non-pro), and I’m looking to extend it’s life and improve its ability to process my Nikon D800’s 40+MB pictures through Aperture 3 and Photoshop CS5. I hope this can be accomplished by adding 8GB of RAM and adding my ever SSD. I’ve added RAM before, but never done a hard drive. I’m hoping you guys can help me out with some questions: I’ve done some research and it seems my macbook can handle 8GB of RAM ( Boot ROM Version:MB51.007D.B03 ), which RAM do you recommend? I see OWC offers a set for $55, anywhere better and/or cheaper? The SSD thread has overwhelmed my feeble mind. Since my link speed is limited to 3GB/s am I confined to a SATA II SSD? It seems that SATA III Samsung 830 ($250 on Amazon) is highly recommended here but will this drive revert down to 3GB/s on my machine? Is that how it works? The Mercury 3 is 3GB/s SSD on OWC’s site for $240 which seems like it would be a good fit. My thought though is this, if the Samsung 830 will revert down to my machine’s fastest speed, wouldn’t I be better suited to buy in than the slower Mercury 3? As it will benefit me down the line if I end up upgrading to a new macbook? To simplify: which ~250GB SSD do you recommend for me? My plan now is to install a clean version of Lion and then let time machine copy over my data, would I be better suited to ghost my drive using carbon copy cloner? Next option: • In your opinion will I be unhappy? Should I just suck it up and buy a new macbook pro? A copy/paste of my specs are: Processor Name:Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed:2 GHz Number of Processors:1 Total Number of Cores:2 L2 Cache:3 MB Memory:4 GB Bus Speed:1.07 GHz Boot ROM Version:MB51.007D.B03 NVidia MCP79 AHCI: Vendor:NVidia Product:MCP79 AHCI Link Speed:3 Gigabit Negotiated Link Speed:1.5 Gigabit Description:AHCI Version 1.20 Supported Thanks for the help!