From Macmall Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6GHz, 15" TFT, 2GB DDR2, 250GB SATA, Nvidia GeForce 8600 512MB, 8x SuperDrive, Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T, Airport Extreme, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR & iSight, OS X 10.5 Leopard GLOSSY +2 more gigs of kingston memory (total=4) and this protection deal- http://www.macmall.com/macmall/shop...-+$3,000-ServiceNet+Service+Plans&dpno=622826 $3,161.84 from school 15.4-inch TFT display with 1440x900 resolution 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with 6MB shared L2 Cache 2GB (2 SODIMMs) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300) 250GB 5400rpm Serial ATA Hard Drive 8X double-layer SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB of GDDR3 SDRAM Multi-Touch TrackPad +2GB of memory (4 GB total) AppleCare for three years and Safeware (accidental damage protection) $3,206 it also comes with: however, I don't care about any of this, i just included this in the equation for you to see where the numbers come out. I can buy all this later and already have a office 08 license, flash drive, ethernet cable, and surge protector. Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Laptop Carrying Case 2GB Flash Drive Surge Protector Security Lock 25' Ethernet Cable question 1. Will that protection deal from macmall be just as good as applecare - plus accidental damage? Don't you get one year of applecare no matter what? So if i got a defect, I could return it and get one that worked, and from then on, if i had problems i would use servicenet? The macmall macbook pro is cheaper.. and better specs.. as long as I like glossy... which i will have to check out... Now i thought about the benefits from buying through my school, I could always go to them for help, but to be honest, I know what I am doing with computers (i run my own tech support business on the side), if i had issues, it would be hardware issues, and they probably wouldnt be able to do anything with that - i'd just have to send it to apple. So really, I guess question number 1 is the most important. Let me know what you think!