Hey everyone. I am in the market for a new laptop and am looking to get my first Mac. I am currently using a HP dv6000 which I've had for four years and is on it's last leg (broken hinge, hardware problems, etc.). I can't justify investing the money to fix it. Anyways, I want a Macbook Pro (Air doesn't really interest me as an optical drive IS important to me). However, I am undecided as to what specs I need. I will be using it for school (including essays, research, etc.), music, television show streaming, and movies. Maybe some light gaming. Is the base model of the MBP (13 inch) appropriate for me? Also, does everyone recommend the care plan you can add on through Apple?