Currently, Im trying to decide on weather to get the higher or lower end 2011 15 MPB. I cant decided weather the boost in GPU and .2GHz is really worth the extra - I think 300$. Or I should just get the basic model and just invest the money in something else like upping the ram to 8gb and maybe a vertex 3 - Im just checking into those now. I know the geek bench tests are almost 2k apart, but I think 8-9k is still fairly respectable (?), certainly faster than what Im on now thats 2k. - though i think if i get the 2.2 i'll still upgrade the hard drive to an SSD, but a bit later like around Christmas or something. For use - its really basic. Im a college student. My major is engineering, computer to be specific. I play around with java and run visual basic at least three times a week. I do plan on running photoshop, CS5 if it matters, almost everyday. But its not really anything heavy duty for the most part, just tumblr graphics/gifs/occasionally some painting etc etc. and I dont game - other than like the occasional yahoo game here and there. I plan on keeping it for around 3-5 years.