I plan on getting a 15" MacBook Pro for college this fall. I currently have a 3 1/2 year iMac with AppleCare. In the time I've owned it, I've only had one problem: a dead hard drive. Though the hard drive itself probably only cost about $40, I wouldn't dare try putting it in an iMac myself, so AppleCare helped me out there. However, the MacBook Pro is a completely different story. My brother has a MacBook with AppleCare which came in handy a couple of times for RAM and hard drive issues. Unlike him, I actually know how to replace those parts easily (I also plan on upgrading them myself, so even if they die, Apple won't replace them.) So basically what I am asking is... Is AppleCare worth spending around $260 (education discount) for? Are there common issues that occur other than HD/RAM failures? Give me some examples from your experiences. Has AppleCare saved you from a repair that would have cost you hundreds? Or did the expensive warranty do to waste? Thanks!