Originally Posted by Smartazz
I have an SSD in the laptop and it's still pretty fast for what I need it for which is basically just web surfing and office work.
Core2 is pretty adequate for this. I think it'll be quite a while before you can truly "justify" the replacement.
Computers for those kinds of tasks are a lot more like refrigerators now, where there are only 3 good reasons to replace them:
1) it broke and you need to replace it
2) the new models have improved power efficiency to the point that it's cost effective in the long run to buy a new model.
3) you want a better / fancier / more fully featured one and you're willing to spend mone on one even though it doesn't ever reach the point that there is a "return on investment."
For what I've been using MS Office for in the last 15 years (Engineering work in Excel, presenting that information in Power Point and editing procedural documents in Word) there has been VERY little change in the office suite outside from dicking with the UI that only change the keyboard and/or mouse functions of how you access the same functions I've been using. Very, very little adding functionality. These kinds of applications are not going to stress a CPU anytime soon, with the exception of things like running Monte Carlo simulations using an Excel spreadsheet (which I actually have done before.)