So I guess this comes down to the old 2.0 vs 2.4 I realize 2.26 vs 2.53 won't make too much of a speed difference but hear me out. as a student the 2.26 is 1150, the 2.53 is 1399. =250 dollar diff. However if you plan on upgrading the ram thats another 78 dollars plus hassle. so for 170 dollars more you get 4 gig installed ram, double the HD size and the faster processor. Isn't that worth it?