I was so excited because my dad was taking me to the mac store to buy my first mac, a powerbook for graduation. So when i get to the store, i told the guy i wanted the 15" 1.5 with upgraded vram, upgraded hd, and to downgrade to the combo drive. The the worst sentence i ever heard came out of his mouth... "we can't cusomize like that in the store, if you want that you have to order online." So i go home and am getting ready to order online and then my dad starts to question me weather i really need this particular laptop and what i'm using it for that i need so much power. I told him garage band and photoshop and stuff like that which is true, but it's also for gaming. He hates video games and i love them. I can't live without them. He gets so pissed everytime he see's me in front of my xbox. So he can't know that. I know future games are going to require specs that i mentioned above. And this thing is going to last me a good 6 years or so. I'm going to be a music major in college, so this is an ideal computer for me. I tried explaining to him that it's a very good investment, it's well worth it. You get a lot for your money. Plus i can get the free printer right now with my student discount. Then he says "i put a p4 together for under 500, why can't you do that instead?" I really felt like killing myself at that point. Any body have some advice.... or comfort?