Well, you don't have to answer that because Xbit has provided us an article on the situation. Overall the benchmarks show that SSD can be faster than a regular HD. It is particular faster video editing, winrar, bootup times, etc. However, when it comes to playing games and using other applications (IE: not loading them) SSD is no better than a regular HD. Unless you are doing so heavy multitasking. So the gist is that overall loading applications, games and the OS is faster. As for having more memory or not the author indicates that 8Gigs of ram is beneficial to users when they are running a slower hard drive. This explains why some claim that more memory makes things faster while others don't notice the improvements (note: I'm not talking about users who go from 1-2.5Gigs to 8Gigs). Using 8Gigs of ram does have it place. If one uses programs like Photoshop, etc which work better with more memory than having such is a benefit. One observation worth noting is that the author recommends a faster HD (in this case a SSD) over more memory. As it can make the OS more responsive. Taking less time to open programs, etc and starting files. However, overall the productivity won't improve much. You can read more of the article here.