Hi MacRumors, I am currently running on a 15" MacBook Pro, mid-2012 model (non-Retina). Specs: OS X 10.11.4 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 8 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1024 MB VRAM 750 GB HDD Note: 250 GB of the HDD is partitioned to run Windows via Bootcamp. I have noticed for the past year or so that startups times have been painfully slow. A solid minute or two just to startup, then at least a few minutes after logging in before I can reasonably open apps (upon clicking apps, they just "bounce" for a bit and then lag for a few minutes before the lag dies down). This is incredibly obnoxious, especially as I turn my laptop on and off quite frequently throughout the day. Some apps have noticeable lag as well, even after my computer has escaped the initial login lag. All in all, the Mac experience is no longer as enjoyable as it used to be when I got the machine 3-4 years ago. I am a college student and I have earned several hundred dollars through app development. I also do a lot of heavy personal programming and am trying to break into the freelance/professional world. I frequently run demanding apps simultaneously. That said, money is limited (thanks college), and I'm on the fence between spending ~$160 to upgrade it or just saving my money for a new rig. Option 1: Total cost approximately $160 ~$80 for 16 GB RAM upgrade (would likely go with Crucial RAM) ~$80 for Samsung 250GB SSD. A lot smaller, I know -- but surprisingly I don't use up the majority of my disk space and could definitely get by on 250GB if it meant my computing experience was to be more "enjoyable". Option 2: Not spend the ~$160 and save the money towards buying a new rig. That said, I will realistically not be buying a new computer/laptop for another solid year, if I had to guess. Anyways, thanks for your time MacRumors! I look forward to your responses!