I'm comparing the two MBP models and the upgrades to the 2499 model don't seem like much value for $500. If that model had the 160 Gig hard drive, I'd go for it, but with a stick of ram being $175, that's $325 for just a tiny CPU boost and some vram. I don't game much at all on the notebook. Is there any need to the extra vram? For Leopard effects, ala Time Machine? For driving a 30" monitor? (I know both will, but will the low end MBP drive that monitor poorly/slowly) I am a programmer. Only video/graphics I do is in iLife.