I'm starting grad school in exactly two weeks, and since I have some extra money that must be spent on educational expenses, I've decided to get a MacBook (just can't imagine spending the money for an MBP though technically I could) using my educational discount. However, it can't ever be a simple decision with me, so I have a few questions: 1. I primarily use my computer for word processing, email/ internet, occasional photo editing, and watching DVDs/ TV episodes on occasions when I'm away from home and need to keep myself entertained. My mom thinks I should upgrade the RAM from 1GB to 2GB, but I think 1 will be plenty. However, I've read that it's sort of tough to get new memory cards to seat correctly in MBs, and I'm scared to death of damaging my machine if I do that. So, should I upgrade and pay the money to have Apple install it from the beginning, or should I wait and see how it does with just 1 GB and buy more (I found a 4GB kit for $100 at OWC yesterday.) and install myself later? (Note: Doing it myself is my only option if I don't do it when I order as there isn't an Apple store for 100 miles.) 2. I'm most likely upgrading to a 120GB hard drive. Should I just go ahead and buy the more expensive white MB (the $1299 one)? Part of me thinks I shouldn't since I hardly ever use disc drives, but part of me thinks it would be really cool just to have the ability to burn DVDs. 3. Does anyone use iWork? Or Office for Mac? I have an old, old copy of Works on my current computer because MS used to include Word in it. iWork appears to have the basic programs I would need, but I don't know anyone who's ever used it. Everyone I know- PC or Mac user alike- uses Office. However, if iWork offers the same quality and capabilities, it would be worth it to me to spend less. So if anyone has any thoughts on this, it would be appreciated since I'll have to have one or the other installed pretty quickly. Sorry for being so long-winded. I hope someone can help me with these questions!