Background Info: - I have 2 macs. My Early 2008 white macbook (4.1) and my 2011 iMac. Stats for each are in my sig. - The iMac runs ML and does so great. The macbook runs Lion and doesn't do so well. - I can't upgrade the macbook to ML, it's unsupported. - I don't want to downgrade to SL (even if it would be faster) because of iCloud features that I enjoy easily syncing between my two computers. Question: So, my question is, what will be the easiest way to speed up my old macbook? More RAM? SSD? Something else? My iMac is my workhorse and does the most of my heavy load. My macbook is used mostly for pages documents, web browsing and some minor photoshop and dreamweaver work (both CS6) on occasion. Issue is that while doing just about anything the macbook runs slow. Takes a long time to open / close things. Takes upwards of 5 minutes to startup. Hangs with the beachball frequently. So, what is my best option for as little as possible? I'd love to max out the RAM and toss in an SSD but I don't really have the $200 that would require so, essentially, how can I get the most bang for my buck out of this old computer?