Hi everyone! I'm new to the forums and the Mac world so I have a few questions for you guys. I just recently bought the 2.4ghz i5 base model 15 inch MBP to replace my 5 year old Windows desktop. I went to the Apple store various times and discussed with the employees what I wanted to do, telling them basically standard internet browsing, some 720p/1080p video editing, the ability to play at least 2 1080p videos at once without any performance issues, the ability to run parallels with some heavy programs, that I would be running an external monitor up to 1080p, and that I want the ability to play a few older games like CS:S and HL2 smoothly and that was mainly it as far as what I actually NEED from my MBP. Three employees and the store manager all talked me out of buying the i7 claiming that I wouldn't see any benefits in the tasks I'm doing and that I would be "wasting my money." So this then leads me to running CS:S and HL2 natively on OSX. They run at a solid constant frame rate with the settings basically maxed out but no matter what detail and settings I select, it seems to hitch when I look lightly left or right in the game. It was only annoying at first but after prolonged game play (1-2 hours) it seems to get worse and worse. Now, I haven't tried running it natively in Windows via Bootcamp (which I assume would fix this issue because of it being optimized and having better drivers/direct X) but is anyone else having this same problem with the 256mb i5 MBP? Is no one experiencing this issue with the 512mb i7? I'm not jumping to point my finger necessarily at the 256mb of ram considering I used to be able to play it on windows with a 128mb 6600GT with no issues but I'm wondering if this is an issue of unoptimized drivers/code that's running it natively on OSX? I've searched the forums and various other sites and was unable to find anyone talking about the same issue so I apologize if there was another thread detailing this issue already. Thanks for the help!