I plan on buying a new 27" iMac within the next few days. This will be my second Mac and first desktop Mac. (I currently own an early '08 15" MBP.) I decided to wait until the very end of the free iPod Touch deal before buying. You never know... maybe Steve will throw in the new iPod Touch (to be announced tomorrow) for the people who waited until the last week. Actually, school starts tomorrow, and I just want to make sure a new MBP isn't more practical. Anyway, before I buy, I have just a few questions. Feel free to answer as many or few as you can. Thanks in advance. 1. Is the i7 upgrade really worth it (vs. i5)? What applications would take advantage of the added speed? Will an i7 boot much faster? 2. What's the difference between 4x2GB ($180), and 2x4GB ($360) of RAM? I've read that having four sticks of ram can be more taxing on your system. Is this true? And will the damage be noticeable within 2 years? 3. I really don't want to get the SSD drive built in for $675, but I was stunned by how fast "jon4lakers" i7 iMac 1TB+SSD booted up (23s!). If I wait a few months and find a good external SSD drive for a few hundred less, and attach it via Firewire, will the speed be the same as if I had the SSD built in? 4. Is AppleCare worth it? I take really good care of my Apple products. The only time over the past 2.5 years that I could have used AC would have been with my dead TimeCapsule. I could have gotten a free replacement had I purchased AC for my MBP. Basically, are there any common problems with the iMac after the first year? 5. Do I get to keep the iPod Touch if I have to get a replacement iMac after 9/7? If I buy my iMac w/ Free iPod Touch before next Tuesday, receive it after, and realize that I got a bad iMac (yellow screen, etc.), do I still get to keep the iPod? 6. Which printer should I get? I don't want to go too far over $100 (before rebate). There are too many to chose from. 7. If I order a Magic Trackpad with the iMac, does it come in its own box? I've watched unboxings where the battery charger (ordered with the iMac) comes naked inside the iMac box. I really like to collect all of my Apple boxes. //UPDATE 8. Another question, what are my options as far as hooking up my iMac to a TV? I would like to watch Hulu, ABC, etc. on my TV occasionally. I have a $40 store credit for Monoprice. If I get the 15' Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable (here), will I need another cable for audio? Will a standard 3.5mm audio cable work? (My TV does support video/audio in from separate sources.) Also, what is the distance at which DisplayPort/HDMI cables lose their quality? Will 15FT be fine? Some of these are pretty stupid questions, but I like to be sure before I buy something. I might have a few more questions, but if you could try and answer any of these, it would be greatly appreciated.