Hello, This is something iv'e been debating with myself for MONTHS. It's starting to get to me. This is what iv'e figured so far 1. No need for an SSD 2. I'm happy with either a desktop or laptop 3. Storage isn't an issue This is what I mainly use on my computer All the time: Chrome (10 tabs average), iTunes, Mail, Minecraft Server, Twitter Almost Always: Xcode, Gimp I want the computer to last me about 3 years, I also game but unless I had a high end mac I wouldn't use it for gaming (game console + mac). I would only want a laptop if it was around the same price as a desktop and did the above just as quick (or nearly).