I have the base mid '09 13" macbook pro (2.26 C2D, 2GB RAM). The computer will occasionally freeze up doing pretty routine things, animations (especially in lion) tend to be extremely choppy especially on my 24" display, and work in photoshop/Finale/xcode can be laggy and difficult, almost impossible with a couple other apps open. These are mostly the things that come to mind. I'm going to college this fall, and I'm looking to upgrade my computer. I'm considering two options 1. Buying a small 120GB SSD to replace the HDD (160GB) 2. Selling this laptop to a friend for $600-700 and then buying the i7 13" w/ money earned over the summer as well as the student discount. If I sell the laptop for 700, I'd only have to spend $700 on the MBP. Recommendations?