Update on the situation can be found HERE I thought 8GB of RAM would be way more than sufficient for college, and I'm not even an engineering student who runs CAD or stuff. I simply have 4 windows of Safari, iTunes, Mail, and 1 document running in Microsoft Office 2011. I heard 4gb on even the old Macbooks flew through multitasking. What gives? I know that Mountain Lion is x64, but thats no excuse. I'm paging out and experience lag time to time. I know a restart would clear the RAM and give a smoother experience, but within a few hours in the same boat again. I have the Retina Macbook Pro, base model. Can anyone help me? What I'm doing is not even considered heavy multi-tasking and I'm not even on a site using Flash. I usually dont truly exit programs because I don't run many and this isn't a problem on older Macs from what I've seen. This is my first time having a Mac, irrelevant but yeah. http://i50.tinypic.com/2nkrnv8.png http://i49.tinypic.com/9i6ww6.png (I only opened Google Chrome to post this, too lazy to move around Safari but this browser was NOT open when I took that screenshot from Activity Monitor) Sorry the attachments failed loading here and this was the only way to post the images. I removed the [ I M G] tag so images won't look huge on a post.