Hi. Currently looking at the iMac instead of a MBP as I don't start university next year, and I'd much prefer a more powerful system to be in my room in the halls and then the low end MBAs for note taking in lectures/general portability. However, given that the iMac I will be buying will be lasting the 3 years (maybe 4), is it worth paying £170 upgrade the 3.1ghz i5 to a 3.4ghz i7? How much more "futureproof" will this make the iMac? I will be using the iMac for mostly generic tasks like browsing Safari, IM and college work, I'm also thinking about messing about with Photoshop etc as a 'hobbie' I guess. However, I do want the option to casual game so I will be running games such as Civilisation V, WoW, SC2 and the upcoming Guildwars 2 and SW:TOR. Do you think the i5 will still be able to keep up with the MMO expansion upgrades in the future? When I do get to Uni, I'll (hopefully) be a Law student so I doubt the software used is going to be particularly taxing compared to perhaps a Software Engineering student How noticeable would an i7 upgrade over the i5 be during everyday tasks? Is the i7 2.2ghz MBP chip faster/better than the i5 high end 27inch iMac? Price isn't much of an issue, however getting the upgrade would probably mean me borrowing money off mother dearest, so is the upgrade worth asking her? Regards. Edit: Of course I will be adding an SSD/the maximum RAM at a later date, will this counter the need for the i7?