Long story short, I've searched many forums countless times and felt best to ask here telling the situation specifically. Key points 1) Most system-demanding applications of mine are:- Have photoshop,illustrator, iPhoto, Safari running simultaneously, multiple photos and images open at same time. *I feel slow on 1st gen C2D 2Ghz 1GB RAM Pro/E (will be running this on Bootcamp) Battlefield 2 (My gaming days are long gone, but still play that every once in a while. I don't need hot shot performance, but still want reasonably good graphics) 2) I can deal with glossy screen, but want to wait until the matt screen option comes out, but will have to by June as I want to take the advantage of student discount My friend has advised me to get the 2.4 Ghz model with SSD and 4GB RAM. and firewire external HDDs, but what are your opinion? What my friend suggested to me made a lot of sense as I can leave files that don't need rapid access (HD movies, Image files that simply needs to be stored, but not need soon) to ext. HDD and 'working files' on SSD *PS I have thought of iMac and that's what I want, but I actually genuinely need portable.