I am going off to college in the fall and plan on using my laptop for the full 4 years. Now, I'm looking at the 15" MB Pro with both graphics cards because I was told it will help the system run smoother and I may want to play a game or two (nothing intense though). 15" MB Pro w/ 2.66 processor w/ education discount: $1850. Applecare extended plan: $239 I work a minimum wage job during the summer and need to save all the extra money I can for books and normal college expenses. I'm paying for all of it myself and I know that many people have had great experiences with applecare and if I don't buy it the same time as my laptop, I might not have the money in the fall for the plan and be SOL... My parents don't want me to buy the plan because they want me to have enough money for books etc.. It is a very tight squeeze but I will probably be able to fit the plan into my budget because who knows how my laptop is going to act two years down the road. Also, in college the laptop will need to be with me at all times to avoid being stolen so it will get a bunch of use and I will be using it frequently. Any opinions? Advice?