The SSD won't help with performance issues if you are running low on RAM, but for everyday usage, the SSD is fabulous. At work, we use Dell Latitude E6400's for most employees. These laptops are Core 2 Duos, with 4GB of RAM and are approx 3 years old. Instead of upgrading to new computers, we simply replaced their standard 7,200RPM hard drives with Intel SSD's and it's like they all got computer upgrades. This breathed all new life into these machines and they are now good for another 2+ years at this point. Spending $160 on an SSD was far cheaper than a new laptop.