From Macmall Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6GHz, 15" TFT, 2GB DDR2, 250GB SATA, Nvidia GeForce 8600 512MB, 8x SuperDrive, Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T, Airport Extreme, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR & iSight, OS X 10.5 Leopard GLOSSY +2 more gigs of kingston memory (total=4) and the servicenet laptop protection deal (accidental damage and more)- http://tinyurl.com/42gxf3 $3,161.84 from school 15.4-inch TFT display with 1440x900 resolution 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with 6MB shared L2 Cache 2GB (2 SODIMMs) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300) 250GB 5400rpm Serial ATA Hard Drive 8X double-layer SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB of GDDR3 SDRAM Multi-Touch TrackPad +2GB of memory (4 GB total) AppleCare for three years and Safeware (accidental damage protection) $3,206 it also comes with: however, I don't care about any of this, i just included this in the equation for you to see where the numbers come out. I already have a office 08 for mac license, flash drive, ethernet cable, and surge protector. the security lock and bag can be bought. Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Laptop Carrying Case 2GB Flash Drive Surge Protector Security Lock 25' Ethernet Cable My dillemma is I kind of want a glossy screen, and the extra 100 mhz won't make much of a difference, but i will take it - i'm spending the big bucks I might as well get exactly what I want. MY school, however, doesnt offer a 2.6 model or glossy on any of its models. Then there is the issue of accidental damage protection. If I could get accidental damage and just some protection from faulty products from apple, it sounds like I would need both applecare and accidental damage. But, I do not know about the reputation of servicenet, and I know they cover accidental damage, but in terms of not faulty parts, i don't know if they would cover that. Don't you get a 30 or 90 day warranty anyways from applecare, so any faulty parts I could just get fixed by them in those first 90 days - then be on the servicenet protection if anything went wrong from then on? Now i thought about the benefits from buying through my school, I could always go to them for help, but to be honest, I know what I am doing with computers (i run my own tech support business on the side), if i had issues, it would be hardware issues, and they probably wouldnt be able to do anything with that - i'd just have to send it to apple. Let me know what you think! I guess I could try the whole home owners insurance protection a few people have mentioned, but if I am at college and its my dads home owners insurance that is for a home in another state, if it is damaged or stolen at my college, is it still covered??