So, I have a 27" 2.8ghz i7 iMac that I bought on closeout about one year ago. I got a pretty damn good deal on it at the time and wasted no time on upgrading it to 8GB of RAM. Most of my use is OS X but I do have a bootcamp partition with Windows 7 for a few things I still need Windows for. I usually just run the bootcamp partition virtualized with Fusion. So... on to the problem and question for the gurus here. The bottleneck in this machine, without question is the 7200RPM slow as hell hard drive. This is especially evident when I run Windows and OS X simultaneously. I can see that the hard drive is simply getting hammered. I don't need a ton of storage space as I have a 10TB RAID-5 setup in my basement. I just want fast boot times and faster file handling. So, I have been contemplating taking a big swig of courage and tearing this iMac apart and installing an Intel 256GB SSD into it. I have 10 days of vacation going from Christmas Weekend to past new years so it seems like the perfect time to take on this project. On the other hand, the iMac I currently have is under apple care and I could probably eBay it for $1200 or so and simply spend an extra $1000 or so and get the latest i7 iMac with the SSD already installed by Apple, plus get the faster processor, thunderbolt, etc. Any thoughts? I have found a few threads on doing SSD upgrades but would love it if there's a full guide on how to do it. Is there anything coming out on the horizon (major refresh) that would be worth waiting for? If I upgrade this box I will probably pimp it out with 16GB of RAM too so that OS X and Windows can each have 8GB when running. Thanks!!