Hello, my machine is a mid-2010 Macbook Pro 15" i7 currently running Mountain Lion 10.8.5, no hardware upgrades. Basically: i7 2.66 Ghz Intel 4GB RAM 500GB HDD 1. My main line of work involves: Graphic design and digital illustration for both:Print (magazines, annual reports, brochures, flyers, business stationery, shirt design, branding) and Web (infographics, web design, online marketing materials including podcast covers, social networking banners, photo correction and manipulation etc) 2. The software i have installed on my laptop is: Adobe Creative Suite 6.0 Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. These 3 softwares are my most used softwares, roughly 80-90% of my whole work day. I constantly have to switch between two (2) out of these three (3) applications while working, and I've experienced lagging and freezing countless times in the day. So... Right now, what I need is a machine that's going to help me do my job fairly quickly. But at the moment, I don't have the budget to buy a new Macbook Pro (I'm planning to save up for this) so my only choice is to upgrade my hardware to address my short-term needs. What hardware pieces do you recommend is the best for me on a budget to do good graphic work as I've described? or What is the best hardware setup for my current machine to do graphic work? I welcome any recommendation for a 15,000 PHP short-term budget. I also welcome any opinion outside my question. (Which means I welcome if you suggest, for example, having me buy a new one immediately for a cheaper price at like say Digital Walker, for example.) Also, I have read that my machine cannot function with a 16GB ram; am I correct? This is the source of the information. And according to Apple, mid-2010 only "Up to 8GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM".