Hello everyone, I've been reading these forums for months now, but this is my first post. I've been putting a lot of research into macs for some while now as I plan to finally make the switch and replace my hp desktop with a mac. I've decided I want a laptop and because I like to game a little bit I've decided on the Macbook Pro. I'm going into my 2nd year of college and the main things I'll be using my computer for is composing music (Finale 2008, Logic Studio, Reason), web browsing/itunes/etc, and pc gaming (Battlefield 2142, Oblivion, CoD4, TF2, newer released games). I also like to play around in photoshop and do a little video editing. I can't decided between the low end and mid line MBP. Both I will upgrade ram to 4gb 3rd party, so the only difference is .1ghz on each core, 256mb more vram and a larger hard drive. Now, to keep this short I'll address my two concerns: 1. Based on what I'll be doing with the computer, do you think upgrading to the midline MBP is worth the extra $500? I'm trying to justify it but I can't unless the performance gain while gaming a noticeable enough to feel worth it. I intend on hooking whichever one I get to a dell 2408. Will the extra vram help there? 2. If I'm gonna put this much money into a new computer I want to be able to keep up with if not surpass in performance, my desktop I'm replacing. Here are the specs. 2.6ghz AMD dual core, 2 gb ram, nVidia GeForce 8600 gts 256mb, Vista Ultimate 32bit. How would both MBPs compare? Thanks ahead of time for all feedback.