Current My grandmother just broke her neck. I have an 8-12 hr. care shift for the foreseeable future. I need to buy a mobile with superdrive and want to learn CS3. (I gave my iPhone a workout this week.) Background Thanks largely to this forum and the wonderful members, we made the switch with the base iMac. We planned on purchasing CS3 Prem. Edu. suite (my wife is HS teacher and college student) to see if I could do online training. If it sticks and I generate any income, I'll upgrade to retail. Options I have about $1,000-$1,200 of mad money for this My wallet says buy the scratched black CD MB off CL for $600, buy CS3 now My brain says buy refurbished C2D MB for $949 plus tax, buy CS3 later My heart says buy the best used CD MBP I can get for $1K, plus CS3 later The devil on my shoulder says buy a $1200 MBP w/ CS3 loaded The other devil says go into debt w/ a better MBP and use refund or rebate money for payment and CS3 (I'm not listening to him, but he is screaming) I'm trying hard to avoid stolen laptops and illegal software. I found sites referenced in this forum to check for stolen SN. I'll add applecare if it is available. If I buy used, any tips for testing machine would be great. I'm sorry about another CD vs. C2D, MB vs. MBP thread, but it's been a crazy week. Your time and thoughts are appreciated.