I feel like my computer just isn't as fast as it could be... Part of the problem is because I have a cloned HD, however I don't want to do a fresh install because it's too much of a PITA to be worth it. Ram and HD are upgraded, disk and permissions repair say no issues. I honestly didn't notice too much of a diffference after upgrading. Here's the specs: -mid-2011 MBP -10.6.8 -intel i7 -8gb RAM -Hitachi 750gb 7200RPM hard drive -4 firewire and 1 usb drive are typically mounted. -hyperthreading is enabled. Main issues... -Slower since replacing the RAM, but after it's booted, it's faster but not much. -kernal_task is using 700-900 mb of ram typically, 600 on startup. windowserver sometimes goes to 70% cpu. -ram usage appears fairly efficent in task manager and ifreemem. I don't know how much of this is normal, am I just expecting too much? Like I said, as of right now a fresh install is not an option.