Right now I am running an i7 2.8ghz quad core desktop set up. 4gig of ram with a 32bit windows 7 OS. It was fast when I built it about 2 years ago I do most of my stuff on the desk top, aside from financing. For that I am using a gateway lt2016u netbook that is about as slow as concrete slab. Almost 5 minuts from pressing the on button before I can surf from google. Pages load slow and it is just not cutting it. Why not? Its got an intel atom cpu in it that would probably work better to power a watch. Its 1.6 ghz. I maxed the ram out and it did not seem to help. Its running XP. And Norton. Yeah. No wonder why this thing is so slow.... Anyway, I am thinking of changing my line up, starting with the netbook. Firstly I don't need this thing to choke while doing a transaction or making a payment. I also found that I am growing tired of windows and want to try something new. I am going to try a mac. I was going to replace my desktop with an imac but I could not see spending the money to get a pretty much same setup as I got now so, lets change up the netbook to something I can actually use. Now the snag is: Macbook air or pro 13"? The air gives me a quick boot up time, thin profile but limits me to only 4gig of ram a CPU that is not very speedy and a huge hole in my wallet. The air is a sexy netbook, though would destroy my little gateway. Now, for about the same cost I can get a Macbook pro, can double my CPU power (almost) and double the max ram and could shove an SSD in the thing for 200 bucks. I figure the SSD is not worth the cost. I am looking at the base model, the 2.4ghz i5 To me, it looks like the Macbook pro would be the better bet. More power for about the same amount of cash. The 200 bucks I save by not putting the SSD in and use that to get a ram upgrade from amazon. The pro looks like it would allow me to do more stuff then just surf the web. Probably doing some light photography task and maybe some Galaxy Nexus and Xoom tweaking So I *THINK* I have came up with plan I can stick with. 13" dual core i5 2.4ghz macbook pro with 5400rpm HDD (base model) then a ram upgrade which can be done later. --------------------- PT II the desktop: I started to think I can't do much in the way of upgrades to my desktop which I watch dvds, listen to music (itunes) youtube, edit photos, make timelapse photography and so one. Since this is an older system I can't really drop in a new CPU BUT I can do a couple things: Change up to a 64bit OS (and hope photoshop CS3 and Canon DPP work in the 64bit OS. It should) Place this new OS, a clean install on a fresh 128gig SSD and double my ram from 4gig to 8. Thoughts?