Alright, the one thing I've been looking at was a MacBook Pro. The few reasons we're a better GFX chip, bigger screen, and possibly more RAM. I do GFX design & photography work, but I like doing them large scale, so the pet peeve I picked up over my 3.5 year old MacBook was the small screen. I've updated the RAM to 2GB & I'm on my 3rd hard drive (60 -> 120 -> 250GB). So lets make a disclaimer first: No, I am not spoiled. I hate asking my parents for things, but I think kind of person who rarely does. And when I do, yeah, its kinda expensive. But my few expenses I've all had from over 2 years, or I sold my old stuff to help pay (or paid full for). If you want me to run the list just so you'll answer then so be it. I'm a college student earning decent grades, so I don't think I'm leeching while giving absolutely nothing in return. So, all the judgmental insults gone? YAY! Okay. So, the deal was I was going to sell my MacBook for around $700 (with the upgraded HD & RAM in it obviously). Its a 2.0GHz CD. It's still alive, however, hiccups now and then. Me and this thing have been through hell, but it manages to get the job done, but i found myself using the schools massive tank steroid-injected (over-exaggration) Mac Pros. Now, I understand that I could just get an adapter and possibly just use my Mac and mirror the screen... BUT!, Theres a big "but" in this somewhere... ^THERE IT IS! I figured, with a new computer, I could get an updated hardware along with the bigger screen. So, 15" MBP, base $1,700. My dad has educational discount but I dont know how much that is. Bollocks to that I thought: So, $700 from me, would mean my parents would still have to shell out more than $500 each. (yes, I talked to my mom at least about it) However, after recently remembering the HDMI plug in my Dynex 22" flatscreen (Flame me, I know its a crap LCD. I bought it with my money, I'm happy with it), I figured why not just buy the Mac Mini, get the adapter/HDMI cable, and use my Dynex as a monitor? I barely use it as a TV (actually, my crap 13" is hooked to the satellite right now). I use it to play my Xbox 360 on (which I also barely do...staring to grow out of video games but still awaiting Bioshock 2), and watch movies off my 360. So I figured, if I got a Mac Mini: http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MB463LL/A?mco=NDE4Mzg4Mw Work off the bigger screen, and browse/look up info on my 13" I though long and hard (and theres a dick joke in there somewhere), and I don't need a bigger screen so much for a laptop. I desktop would suffice, as then I can work in my dorm, rather than drive to the school to use the bigger monitors I was looking at the bare, and the better GFX card and I suppose 2.0Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo would do me good, but I'm a little etchy on the 1GB RAM/120GB. May have to upgrade that... I would preload all my movies and music, and use frontrow to change, instead of having to distract away from work on my Macbook to change albums. A few other points that you probably dont care about cause your at the tl;dwr state, but if you want I'll try to explain So after thinking eek: Thats right, I remember I had a whole other half of my brain that I could use for this), that would mean, giving my birthday coming up, I could pitch in, making it less than $300 from each of us. My mom said she'll do $300. So I thought thats was a pretty good deal. Dual screen, updated hardware for the future, already got a 22" monitor. So. Yeah. I'm proud of myself for thinking. Usually it takes a few bags of skittles.