Well, I think its finally time for an upgrade. My poor old Macbook is slowing down with all this new software I've been using. I mainly browse the internet, convert video/audio, play video/audio, use MS Office, Garageband, etc. I sick of seeing the beach ball all the time and want this laptop to last me for another 5 or so years... I was wanting some advice from you experts here as to what decisions I should make. Here are the current specs: CPU: 2.13ghz Core 2 Duo (stock) HDD: WD Scorpio 250GB, 5400RPM, 8MB (upgraded in 2008) RAM: 1gb (stock) OS: Snow Leopard / WinXP Bootcamp (for playing older pc games) Here are the specs on Apple's site: http://support.apple.com/kb/SP18 I want to upgrade the RAM obviously. I also want to upgrade the HDD as I am running out of space. My Budget: around $150 USD. *_*_*_*_*_*_* Now for the RAM. I have read that this model can only access 3gb of ram. So I was thinking about buying a 2gb stick and a 1gb stick: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134546 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134549 However, I have read that when you match two 2gb sticks of ram there is a performance boost. Is it really worth the extra money to spend? I know it performs better, but will I get what I pay for? *_*_*_*_*_*_* HDD I was thinking either one of these two models: $79 Western Digital Scorpio Black WD5000BEKT 500GB 7200 RPM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136692 or a hybrid drive $99 Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148591 I have read reviews: http://www.storagereview.com/seagate_momentus_xt_review http://www.storagereview.com/western_digital_scorpio_black_500gb_review_wd5000bekt From what I can tell the Momentus XT performs better, but is the value worth the price? $20 extra? I have also been reading that there are a couple problems with the Momentus XT when it comes to spin down, and power consumption. Seagate has been active on issuing new firmwares to fix these problems, but I don't know any 'advanced' user that has given his or her take on this drive. Heck, there may be some issues on the WD Scorpio Black that I don't know about as I have only researched the Momentus XT. A solid state drive is out of the question due to budget concerns, and my need of storage space. Plus I use my optical drive so 2 internal hard drives isn't an option. *_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_* Also, is it worth upgrading this dinosaur? Should I just sale this Macbook and purchase a notebook and do the whole OSx86 thing (i know there are compatibility issues abroad, but there are quite a few laptops by other manufacturers that seem to work flawlessly once all the drivers are set)? I can get around $400 for my macbook and purchase a compaq/acer/dell laptop with higher specs for that amount alone, not to mention the extra $100+ on top that I was using to upgrade my macbook. OR maybe just sale my Macbook and use the cash to buy another Macbook (preowned of course). What do you think? Worth the headache? How much life does my macbook have left in it until the logic board fries? or something else? *EDIT ^Btw I am leaning towards not selling my macbook, what a headache all of that would cause. Just asking for some opinions from the experts.