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In my own personal opinion (which is still evolving!), SSD drives are great BUT they just don't justify the price in my mind. I would say a 7200rpm 500GB (or higher, you can get up to a 750GB drive that will fit) is the better option at this particular moment in time. When the price comes down on SSDs I will change my tune like a jukebox hit by Fonzie.

TRIM technology (or whatever Apple decides to do that is like that) solves the issue of drive slowdown over time on SSDs, so that is not really a concern.

Processor: the difference between 2.3 and 2.2 is too small to even consider IMO.
Cache: more is of course better, particularly if you do a lot of repetitive tasks.

Six years is really pushing it (not because of the machine, but because of the rapid pace of major change in technology). To be blunt, I don't think that's realistic. I used to keep my computers on average 5 years, these days I can't go four years without feeling like I'm overdue for a change.
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