SSD combined with the 8 GB RAM ensures very fast computing. Booting up and shutting down are almost instantaneous. The 1 TB HD comes conveniently partitioned so if something goes wrong with one drive the others are not impacted. Only, I couldn't use some of my photo editing software as the graphics card is not compatible with open GL. So I need to purchase a separate NVIDIA graphics card. But i see that the same configuration is now available from this seller with the NVIDIA card at a little higher price. But the performance of the machine is otherwise very satisfactory. The seller is very helpful.