The situation I'm in is this, I had planned on replacing my Core 2 Duo Vista desktop and 13" MacBook (late 2007) with a MacBook Pro 17" when Arrandale/Clarksfield dropped, but the desktop is no longer a viable machine. The desktop has been used for the heavy lifting, as the MacBook (first ever Mac) isn't powerful enough for big transcoding jobs and the display isn't big enough to do the photo work I do (limited - post processing on SLR RAW images - amateur stuff). I do some gaming - but not tons - World of Warcraft and the Command and Conquer/Red Alert series. All of that builds to this: my current choices are buy the 17" 2.8GHz MBP now, or build a new desktop rig with Windows 7 (boo I know) and wait 12-18 months to rebuild the MBP budget. My heart wants the MBP, but my head tells me I'm going to be angry when the new MBPs drop in the next 90ish days. Anyone have a voice of reason for me?