I already upgraded to a 250 SSD and 8GB of RAM. Machine just turned 8 Thursday. I do not want to upgrade to a new MBP, too expensive. All i really do is use Safari (2-5 tabs), iTunes, Calendar, and iMessage. Dropbox runs in the background. The issue im having is the beachball popping up during surfing the web. Even typing now, i hit the keys and there is a delay before it hits the screen. Fan sounds loud. Its a pain but somewhat managable. What I am concerned with is going back to school taking online courses. Any suggestions on how to make this computer faster?