Hi. It would be pretty cool and nice if some people can help me decide on my mac venture. So currently I'm a high school senior and I'm looking forward to switching to a Mac notebook for college. I have a few questions concerning: dates, where, price, and specs. I've been reading several threads to try to foster an understanding but I think reading too much information gave me information overload and now I am completely lost. I wouldn't consider myself technologically challenged but I do lack the understanding of the foundations because I learn through experimentation. So just to clear some background information: I will be using my Macbook or Macbook Pro basically for education and personal usage. My major will be in international studies, so nothing intensive in design, creativity, film etc field. However I do amateur graphics design, photo manipulation, fan art, web design on Photoshop currently and I have experience with some animation but I will most likely continue my hobby in graphics and web designing with Photoshop and looking to continue my passion for editing through the rest of Adobe's Creative Suite, Aperture, and Final Cut. I'm pretty much set on a Mac; just need to practically configure what specs I will buy, prices, where I will buy it and when. I've read several threads saying students should purchase it around July/August time when updates come, but also I've read one saying November and another now. So I'm pretty confused and if anyone can clear that up that would be cool. I read the guide 'Which notebook should I buy?' and to break down each category: I really don't know what processor I need. I'd prefer 4gigs of ram since it was recommended so I guess that leaves only MBP high end or 17 inch (or I can buy a regular macbook or lower end MBP and buy more RAM on the side but I think convenience is better. Graphics I don't really play games much and if I do it's just web based games like omgpop or jeffwu stuff. I do play mmos like FlyFF or other full screen games like gunbound and i might go into wow but dunno not really interested in gaming that much on the comp. The screen estate seems like MBP is a winner from lower end to 17 inch. I dont know about storage too like the processor which I would need - but I do have an external hard drive. I'm not sure if firewire is necessary but that's pretty cool haha. And I would rather have a full lit keyboard so that leaves high end macbook and macbookpro categories. Also I'm confused when it comes to education discount and the back to school promo. Am I allowed to use both like get that 100 dollars off, and get a free ipod? I have an iphone already but that back to school promo is pretty neat haha. Also do they still give out free printers, my sister got one 3 years ago and would it just be better to get a refurb if I can find the one I want? Many thanks, sorry for long convoluted thread!