I just bought a super decked out 2009 mbp, with 3 ghz proc, loaded with ram, and with ssd. It was over 3500. My 3 year old mac pro, dual 2.66 (which I bought on ebay for $1400), is much faster than the brand new mbp. (by geekbench, cinebench, etc.) One could get a used mac pro + new 13" mbp for less than I paid for my mbp 15". Probably a better combination - best of both worlds.