3 months ago my 17" macbook pro (2007) died and i bought it to the humac store (danish retailer) and had to pay $1025 to get it fixed - this was totally not worth it, but it was either that or throwing out a computer i had payed $3900 for 4 years ago (yes apple prices are ridiculous in denmark - for a start we have a 25% consumption tax). I wanted to buy a new macbook but also wanted to wait so i could get the one of the new ones and here i am. Im going to need the computer for stuff like · Photoshop (very large picture sizes) · Illustrator · After Effects · Cinema 4d · Gaming (not much gaming right now but i want to be able to run Diablo 3, dota2 and maybe even battlefield 3) So right off the bat these are the configurable specs i know im going to get: 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Glossy Widescreen Display but with the processor and hard drive i am a little undecided. how much better is the 2.3GHz Quad core i7 compared to the 2.2 GHz standart one? is it worth the $370 extra? what do people think concerning harddrive? I want speed before all so im going to get an SSD no matter what - but should i go for the 128 gb and then add another one with the MCE OptiBay drive in a few months, or should i simply order the MCE OptiBay now and put a normal 500-750 GB harddrive in it? (and how will this effect sound, temperature and speed?). $600 seems a little over the top for 256 gigs, but how much faster is having everything (os, programs, files) on the fast harddrive compared to only having the os and the programs on it? hope you guys can help me out here!