Hello all, This is my first post on MacRumors, so lets get to it. I have an older MacBook Pro that was given to me as gift from my Uncle about 2 years ago. He used to work for Apple as a senior engineer from 1988-1995, holds a few patents there as well, now runs his own company Concert Technology. So needless to say he has quite a few Apple products laying around... I sent him a message regarding this issue, but figured I would propose it to the forum as well... Great machine, not really sure how to tell what year it was released or what quarter for that matter so here are some screenshots... I have a 27in iMac Quadcore 4GB Ram w/1TB HD that I bought back in Dec of 09. I use this machine mainly for web browsing, and music production. Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Reason, etc. However I need a portable machine when I DJ or perform live. That's where the laptop comes in to play. 120 GB HD 2 GB RAM 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Snow Leopard When running programs such as Ableton Live 8 or Traktor Pro 2 in live situations when I am playing out live I constantly run into the problem of people requesting tracks. Almost everywhere I play has Wi-Fi so you think this would not be a problem if I do not already have the track in my library, but while running either Ableton or Traktor or both, running Safari or Firefox while searching for the track at the same time often makes the MBP run super slow and causes the pinwheel to spin. THANK GOD I HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED a complete freeze or crash mid-performance YET. But I see that day coming sooner than ever. I have also noticed that Ableton does not run as smooth on my MBP vs my iMac. This is a no-brainer but kind of annoying. Not sure about Traktor, only have it installed on the MBP. My question to you is Should I buy say a 120 GB SSD and upgrade my RAM for the time being? I plan to make an upgrade to another MBP sometime in the near future. Also how high in RAM can I go with my current machine running snow leopard? Direct links to stores? Where should I buy? Total cost? I would love to create my dream build MBP now with the new machines that were just released in October, but I have been reading online and following Apple's current trends over the past few years, a new line and complete design overhaul will probably be due sometime early next year. I am willing to wait. When I do eventually upgrade to a new machine I will probably let my girlfriend or father take over this device. So maybe the upgrades wouldn't be so bad? Thoughts?