I need to upgrade my 2009 C2D 2.26 13" MBP. In that laptop I have maxed at 8GB RAM, a 128GB SSD for the OS and a 1TB drive for my pictures. I do photo editing mainly. Some spreadsheet work. I've (kind of) narrowed it down to two options. I was waiting until 3/21, and will still wait until Monday, but this doesn't look like a Mac update event, and I'm tired of waiting, so... Option #1, 2012 13" MBP 2.5GHz i5 for $800 refurb, remove the optical, and put in the SSD for OS and large drive for storage. Upgrade RAM to 16GB. I already have the SSD and HDD from my current machine, so I'd just need to purchase the RAM. Probably total cost around $1,000 after tax. Mainly what I'm getting from this move is 16GB RAM and a better processor. Option #2, 15" MBP 2.2Ghz Qi5 w/16GB RAM for $1600 (2014) or $1690 (2015). I am thinking the screen upgrade is quite nice - size and resolution. Was just playing with the 2015 15" in the Apple store -- what a difference in screen size. Also, the performance should be much better, especially with the quad core. But internal storage is only 256GB, so I need to figure out external options. Can I put my current 1TB HDD in an external enclosure? I understand LR can handle this setup well??? though I don't know how that works. This will end up at least $1700 maybe up to $1900 depending on enclosure??? I think either will be a step-up from my current situation, but I'm just a hobbyist, and $2K feels like a ton of money, but option #1 doesn't feel like that much of an upgrade, and maybe I end up buying another laptop in only a few years?? Would love any thoughts on the options above. Is there a 3rd option? Like Would earlier 15" MBPs give me a big boost, but at a reasonable cost??