Hi guys, I've been wondering if an SSD and a 8gb ram upgrade to this machine would breathe new life into this machine for a few more years or should I get a new machine? I am currently running Mac Office, Chemdraw Mac, Photoshop and usually have around 10-15 PDFs open (too many scientific articles to read!). It takes about 2 min 30sec to do a fresh reboot, and around 3 minutes to get into windows when I need to access certain software on the windows side. My university forced me to upgrade to Mountain Lion from Snow leopard due to network printing issues, and while I appreciate the new multi gestures on the track pad, I dont use all of the features of the Mac OS X (launchpad, mission control). Is it wrong to use spotlight as a faster way to launch programs? My current machine has 4gb of ram and a 5400rpm drive (250gb). I use a lot of cloud storage and usb flash drives to keep my data saved, I never had a problem being happy with 250gb of HDD space, but these days more than ever it just becomes quite annoying to work on my laptop. Is there a big jump in processing power from a C2Duo to a i5/i7 Haswell Chip (or even Ivy Bridge) that I would notice even with upgraded ram and SSD? Do you think its worth recycling this machine and buying a 13" rMBP (I can wait till Haswell is released) or upgrading these components be a better choice and wait till the next generation after Haswell is released? Any tips would be welcome. I keep teetering on this decision and cannot decide one way or the other. Both have their pros and cons.