If there is a more appropriate sub-forum, apologies... This question probably sounds silly. And although my tech knowledge is much less elementary than the question is probably perceived, at the core, it's what I want to know. Over time, there are application updates, operating system updates, et cetera. Generally, newer software is going to require more resources. And while some releases (apps, or whatever it may be) aim for a smaller footprint, increased resource hunger seems to be the general trend. I am posting my specs and my situation, but I am not just seeking responses directly pertinent to my situation, just in general. That said, I have an 'older' Mac (reference the attachment). I'm constantly downloading new music, but other than that, I really don't have much on my computer. I back up my camera roll every once in a while but I have <5000 pictures (not much more than iPhone quality so the files are not exceptionally large). I don't have a ton of videos, but some of the files are moderate in size (no single file > 1GB) as I tend to record extended clips at music festivals at such. Lots of internet surfing/streaming but clear the browsing files every so often. The ol' Mac has been running pretty slow lately; this seems to be an annual thing. I usually end up wiping the my system one a year or so. It's true that it will never run 'day one smooth' as there is newer software on older hardware so I guess this is normal to an extent, but why? As previously mentioned I really don't have many programs installed and my HDD is at approximately +/- 55% capacity. I'm sure there are those of you that have had my computer for 5+ years and it's running just as good as ever, but I hope you see what I'm getting at.