Hey guys, I'm gonna buy a macbook pro soon and I've been doing some research. I still have some questions though, this is where I'm at. I definitely want the 15 inch macbook pro. The general consensus seems to be that the i7 is not worth it because of only marginal performance increases, and a possible decrease in battery life. After looking around a bunch, I finally conceded and decided to get the 2.4 Ghz option since it seemed the most cost effective. My plan was then to only upgrade the screen, and upgrade the HDD after buying with the Hitachi Travelstar 7k500. Then I realized that I'm eligible for educator pricing. This brings the difference between the 2.4 and the i7 to only 300 dollars (there is an extra $100 saving), and also includes the larger hard drive. The main reason that I want the i7 is the 512 mb of video card memory. People say that it wont matter since the card isn't that good, but I do plan to play a few games (steam games, starcraft 2, etc), and it should make some different right? Do you think the i7 is still not worth it, even after the education discount? And here are my hard drive questions: If i do get the 2.4, installing the 7k500 is a good idea since its cheaper, right? If i get the i7, should I pay the $50 and upgrade to 7200, or should I keep the 500gb drive as backup and still buy the hitachi (which only costs $80)? (What drive does apple use, is it better/worse/the same as the 7k500?) Lastly, I was considering getting the new seagate SSD hybrid. Do you think this is a good option, or should I go with my current plan and wait 8 months or so until full SSDs come down in price, have been tested, and are in second generation? thanks!