My very first post and this is the question i ask. I'm sure many of you might have seen and answered this question before. I am graphic/web designer. I used photoshop, illustrator, flash and dreamweaver extensively. Sometimes i would also use video editing softwares like After Effects and Premiere. I would say i use most of the adobe softwares. I own a 2011 Macbook Pro 15in. Bought it in July 2011. 2ghz with 8gb of RAM. I generally use it at home and work. Recently my Macbook just crash on me. My macbook was overheating as well. It reach to around 75c to 80c. Usually, even when i am running extensive softwares it runs around 50c to 60c. After awhile my macbook finally stuck on at apple logo when i on it. Sent it to apple and they told me that that my hardisk was faulty. They also changed the logicboard. Got it back and is running fine. Bought a laptop cooler to help the overheating problem if it ever occurred again. Right now i'm looking at ways to help prevent the problem from occurring again. I found out about ssd and its usefulness(mostly). I know that it has fast read and write. It can start application insanely fast but it doesn't really make the software operate faster. Is this true? I usually encounter laggy photoshop and it definitely irritates me. And since it doesn't have any mechanical moving parts it doesn't overheat. It is worth. Pay more for lesser space but better performance. I don't really need a big space as i keep most of my stuff into an external 1tb hardisk. I also just found that you can actually bump up to 16gb rather than apple stated 8gb. But rumor state that macbook will only recognize 8gb worth of ram? So is worth it to invest on a ssd or 16gb or both?