Hey all, thanks again for the advice on my last thread. I'm about to buy the computer over at powermax.com, and I'm sort of stuck between two models. My original plan was to get a 2 ghz i7 mid 2011 Macbook Pro, then put in a 128gb Samsung SSD where the superdrive is. In addition, I would get a Targus leather case and a drawing tablet. The final specs of the computer would be: Mid 2011 Macbook Pro 2 Ghz Quad Core Second Gen Intel Core i7 4 Gb DDR3 Ram 500 Gb HDD 128 Gb SSD AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics processor with 256MB 15.4 Inch Glossy Widescreen Display Facetime HD Camera Ships with SL, Free upgrade to Lion (Or ships with Lion?) However, if I look at the 2010 Macbook Pros on the website I could get a semi loaded computer. If I bought this one, I wouldn't get the ssd. I could still afford the case and possibly the tablet. The specs on this one would be: Mid 2010 Macbook Pro 2.8 Ghz Dual Core First Gen Intel Core i7 4 Gb Ram 500 Gb HDD Superdrive Nvidia GeForce GT 330M with 512MB 15-inch Hi-Res Anti-Glare Widescreen Display VGA Facetime Camera Ships with SL, $30 Upgrade to Lion And finally, I just checked the price on the NEW Late 2011 Macbook Pro. That would only run me $55 more than the Mid 2011 Model. I wouldn't be able to get the tablet, but I could still get the Targus case, the harddrive caddy, and the SSD. Specs: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 2.2 Ghz Quad Core Second Gen Intel Core i7 4 Gb DDR3 RAM 500 Gb HDD 128 Gb Samsung SSD AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 15 inch Glossy Display Facetime HD Camera Pre-installed with OSX Lion I need the computer for multiple programs from the CS5 suite, as well as dual booting into Win7 for some of the code writing I do in Computer Science. I also use the Autodesk Suite extensively, switching between Autocad and Inventor. Additionally, battery life is a concern for me as I'm a student and try to get though the day on a single charge. The most important thing to me is resale value, as I plan on upgrading after the redesign next year or whenever thats going down. Thanks for everyone's help, i'll be sure to let everyone know which Mac I ordered later tonight!