Hmm. I have a mid-'07 mac mini 1.83 core2duo with 1 gb ram and an 80 gb hdd. I know, a real smoker... ...thing is, all I really use it for is basic computing. Internet, email, word processing, etc. It's been fine, but more and more I'm getting hangs in Safari and extended beachballs in general. Searching time for the HDD is getting longer...I've tried freeing up space on the drive and it doesn't really seem to help. $200 for SSD + 60 for ram + 65 for optical is $325 roughly for an upgrade. Plus taking the thing apart and actually doing it. Will I need a boxed copy of the OS if I'm replacing the HDD? i've only ever done serious work on PCs before. A new mini will be about $640 out the door including tax and edu discount. Add $50 for ram upgrade and I'm pushing $700. Take off about $175, which is about what I think I can get for my current mini on ebay, and I'm looking at about $525 out of pocket for a new one. So I guess what I'm trying to determine is whether that extra $200 out of pocket is worth it, for what I use the thing for. I dunno. What would you do?