Hey Macrumors faithfuls! I've been a proud owner of a 15" MBP for 3.5 years, and unfortunately, due to a massive falling, it has died an unfortunate death . I have concluded that I need a new Mac - I was considering PC, because of how much less expensive they are, and just going with a Windows 7/Ubuntu combo, but at the end of the day, I would much rather have a Mac. Give me a Windows distro with a Unix underpinning and I may change my mind . Plus I would like to develop Apple software every now and then, and if I get a PC, I won't have that option. SO, the reason I am starting this thread is because I am having real trouble deciding on which Macbook to buy, the 13" or the 15". I am going to list some factors, and maybe you guys can help me - I am definitely on the fence on this one. Occupation Currently an intern at Electronic Arts, will be going back to school in January for one more year to finish off my CS degree. When it comes to programming, I am very heavy on anything to do with online tech. Web frameworks, databases, HTML5, etc. As well as mobile developing such as iPhone apps, Android, etc. So I am a programmer, but I don't need a laptop for hardcore things, such as rendering for games programming. Gaming Needs I haven't played much computer games as of late - that is until Starcraft 2 came out! On my old MBP, I was playing on low settings, and it would be really awesome to play it on max settings. But I mean, besides Starcraft 2, there aren't many games I'm likely to play. I try, but I rarely have time these days... Everyday tasks I use my laptop quite a bit, and besides programming, I don't use it for anything TOO graphic intensive. I use iPhoto to organize my photos, I will rarely do video editing, if I do its only for small home videos and such. Music, movies, Office. I will use Photoshop every once and a while, but I'm no photographer with an SLR, so I don't need anything beefy in that respect. Money Situation I made a decent amount of money from my internship, but I mean I would really prefer to spend on only what I need, or at least what would be the SMARTEST purchase. Other Factors - I've been using my Macbook Pro for a while now, and I am very accustom to having a 15" screen, and I'm not sure how big of a downgrade I would feel if I was to get a 13". Although I do have a 26" screen, but at the same time I don't spend much time at home. - I am MOST LIKELY going to wait for the next iteration of the Macbook Pro. I am hoping the 13" will get a i5 processor. Do you think I should? I am currently laptop-less at the moment, stealing my sisters Mac whenever I can... I think I should survive until January though, which is most likely when the updates would happen. - I do not own a desktop, so this would be my main computer for pretty much everything. So what do you guys think? Based on my situation, do you guys think spending the extra $600 bucks warrant the jump from 13" to 15"? Thanks! Shawn tl;dr - Software Engineer who can't decide between a 13" or a 15", plays Starcraft, doesn't do any video or graphics editing, using this laptop for everything.