Hi everyone, I am planning to trade in my desktop (21.5" iMac 3.06 Core 2 Duo 1TB) and iPad for one of the new MBP's, but have a couple questions. I work from home, so use my computer quite a bit, and also run a few intensive applications - Final Cut Pro (with which I do a fair amount of DVD production - burning a dozen or more DVDs a week), Windows 7 in Parallels (used on and off - definitely not every day), but no games, so the GPU isn't critical. That's why the 13" 2.7Ghz i7 looked like a good fit. It's portable and a 50% speed increase on average over my C2D iMac! (Fan noise is annoying to me, and recently I heard about the overheating/fan noise issues with these models, but am under the impression this has been fixed by a Software Update, or can be addressed by resetting the SMC (?) and/or PRAM. Please correct me if I'm wrong!) I would like to have an SSD + HDD setup - the SSD for performance and quietness when the HDD isn't being accessed, and the on-board HDD for media files I'm working on. I anticipate putting everything on the SSD except for the /Users folder. Of course, if there is a way to have a setup that uses SSD caching, that would be even better, as the HDD would be spinning up even less frequently. I'm open to tips on how to do that, too...but it's not the main focus of this post. I could go the SSD + HDD route two different ways with my current budget, and either one would be purchased refurbished or on student discount: 1. Get a standard 2.7Ghz and add an SSD to the optical bay myself, keeping the optical drive to use externally for DVD burning. The advantage is lower up-front cost and the ability to get a faster SSD than what Apple uses. I've read non-Apple-installed SSDs can be less reliable, though, and reliability is more important than sheer speed. 2. Get one with SSD pre-installed, and add an HDD to the optical bay myself. One concern here is whether the HDD would be louder by being in non-standard location? Any other installation considerations? EDIT: 3. Get a hybrid drive like the Seagate Momentus with caching and keep the original HDD as an external media drive. This might be a better fit for my particular budget, which is to spend as little as possible beyond what I get for my iMac and iPad. Considerations: noise of the drive, anything else...? Thank you for your advice!