...without sitting here watching the store and hoping a BASE 27" with a 256 pops up? Looks like i'll be getting a refurbished 27" iMac pretty quick here, but after reading post after post, thread after thread, you guys have me paranoid about old technology. ALL the refurbs (that i can afford) have the basic HHD. Far as i know, you cant have a refurb modified before you buy it? it comes as-is? So no SSD. IF i could afford a $2500 computer, i'd get the 256 SSD, but i cant. The refurbs will run me $1750-1850 all-in... i barely even have that. I dont need a huge HD, i like the speed, and i'd like the piece of mind. I'd really like the SSD 256. I COULD pay an extra $200 on top of the refurb price (lil' over 2K total), but thats the utter limit.What are my options? Do i HAVE any options? New ($2500) is absolutely out. Is it really worth the extra $650-750 for the flash? Can i have it upgraded down the line (without spending a fortune)? If i just buy an external SSD down the line will that solve the issue? Sounds a bit too easy. A lot of questions i know, but hopefully not too redundant.