If you read this whole thing, then 1,000 MU-43.com points for you! And thanks for any thoughts/input you can provide. I have an aging 2009 MacBook Pro 13" I find the CPU is the bottleneck in my computer processing for photos (mainly). I was thinking of just toughing it out for another year, but... My dad needs a new computer for e-mail and web surfing. He prefers a Mac, but is on limited budget. I could buy him a used Mac, or use this as an opportunity to upgrade my machine and give him my old one. But which one should I get? I'd like to stay around $1000 or a bit more. I do most of my work in one location, but like the ability to, for instance, sit in front of the TV while processing photos or working with Quicken. I could get one of the 2012 13" MacBook Pros, on the Apple (US) refurb site. I could then easily move my existing hard drives to the new machine, and upgrade to 16GB (I currently only have 8GB) RAM and be under $1,000. This would unleash my CPU and RAM bottleneck, and based on the benchmarks I reviewed, should be 2-3X faster than my 2009 MBP. The only downside is the pretty old GPU (Intel HD4000) and non-retina display. I think it would be fine for now, but would I find it limited a few years from now? I could buy one of the newer machines, but I can't easily afford the newer Macs built out to 16GB and a big hard-drive. I'd have to go with 8GB RAM and a smaller hard drive, and then use external drives, which is a pain. (I have about 750GB in files now on my laptop, backed up to a firewire drive - 1TB drives in an Apple machine are SUPER expensive). Additionally, moving to one of the newer Macs means I can't just drop in my existing hard drives, and there is no future upgrade path. I did look into used Macs -- 2011 or 2012 15" MacBook Pros looked nice -- a little more than $1000 and with 16GB RAM and upgradeable harddrive, and some (mid-2012 rMBP) have the retina screen, but I found out they have quality issues (2011 suffer from GPU failure, and 2012 can have screen burn in), which makes me a little leery of them. I did think about switching back to PCs, but I don't think I have the time to re-learn windows, peripherals, etc. Maybe I'll just stick with a Mac. Any help/thoughts/personal Mac upgrade experience from a 2008/9/10 MacBook Pro is greatly appreciated.