I apologize for this long, long post. :x Hello! I'm one of those PC users switching over to Mac that is somewhat terrified by it. But these forums have really helped a lot--I see that a lot of people have the same issues I do. I'm really familiar with Windows and how to navigate around and fix them, and not knowing what to expect with Mac is kind of scary, though I'm really excited! I would wait until (late September?) the new release, especially because of the Nvidia etc. problems, but for my major I kind of need one ASAP, and would like to get used to it before classes start. I don't know. I'd like to save money, also, so if it's a MBP update, they'd probably be more expensive, right? Anyway: Configuration for a new 15" MBP: 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM02x1GB 250GB Serial ATA @ 5400rpm Glossy Screen Is the 250GB/5400ram or 200GB/7200ram better for my needs? What I need it for: Internet, music, downloading, general schoolwork/writing, web/graphic design and most importantly, film editing. I'm a film/screenwriting major and the MBP has been recommended to me everywhere under the sun. Questions: 1. Someone (and this shows how great/helpful this forum is) mentioned getting an extra warranty or replacement warranty etc. through AMEX, which is what I'm using to purchase. How do you go about doing that? Just call 'em up? 2. I'm not getting 4GB because I heard it was fairly easy to upgrade it yourself for cheaper (as I'm a college student). Is this true? 3. I'm purchasing an external hard drive, probably this one) for necessary back ups. Does it look okay? Transferring files from PC to Mac: Recommendations for an ethernet/router I can use and where to purchase it (preferably at the Apple store, so I can purchase together) would be great. Discounts: I'm using a discount through my university, and I think I just learned that discounts available have to be given out personally (?), but it's worth a shot asking if anyone knows where I could find an additional one. I know about the ones that come with the education discount. I am using the $100 off a printer (great since I don't have one), but not the iPod. I already have one and even with the rebate I don't think I can bring myself to pay the extra $299+ dollars with everything else I need. It seems like there are a lot reselling already, also, which would have been my only option for it. I'm stupid, I know.