Hello all! Before you say this is another "recomend" me a Macbook thread, please read my case first. I spent hours and hours using the search button on this forum and want to ask you some questions, whose answers I may missed during my search. I am finnishing my national duty (serving in the army) in two months and after that I will go to University of Surrey to study Computing and IT. Thanks to army and some side-jobs money isn't as much of an object for me for getting something top-end, with a value-for-money. My budget is arround 2000-2500 euros. I decided to step away from Windows and return to my roots, to Apple. I haven't owned a Mac computer since 1998 with an iMac G3, my first computer. However due to army and some friends of mine, I came in touched again with them and I amazed by the speed, the stability and the overall perfomance and appeal of them. Over the last 3 years I also got a work as a part-time photographer, so a Mac will help me increase my workflow. While I am not the gamer I used to be, playing games with a high-end MBP 17'' in a VM won't be a problem right? I plan to get 8GB of memory and dedicate 4-6GB to the VM depending on the game and my background needs. I also don't play in full screen, so lower resolutions will be used. Do you recomend a Mac to a guy like me? Computing students, part gamer, part photographer? Do you think I may have problems with my course? I asked a university teacher about it, told me he and most of the lecturers is a Mac user himself and recomends me, but still doesn't know for all the course. Now my final choice is a Macbook Pro 17'', with 8GB Ram upgrade and either the 500GB drive or the 128SSD + 1-2TB external drive. Is that a solid setup for the above usage? I don't mind if it is an overkill, since I am a multitasker and usually gets my computers to their limits. A topic I couldn't get a clear answer for is about connecting a PS3 to the Macbook and use the laptop as a monitor. I am well aware that PS3 have a compoment output, that can produce HD signal. AverMedia and other TV tuners provide video capturing devices with such input, if I get one (Mac or not compatible -will use it in VM) I will be ok, won't I? In theory at least, since I did similar thing in my desktop computer. Lastly but yet most importand is where should I buy my Macbook from! You see I can't wait until September to go and get it! I need a month with it at least, to learn the new OS and the programming tools UI which maybe different than their Windows counterparts. Apple doesn't ship to Cyprus, however I can find some dirty cheap tickets and go to London for a nigh to get it with the Education discount. If I go to an Apple store and order the aboved Mac, will they have it ready within the day? Can I order it from before and just pick-it-up and pay it? If I get it that way, I want a Matte screen aswell. If the answer to that is no, I am left with the following options: a) Order it from eBay, I already found this "deal": http://cgi.ebay.com/17-MACBOOK-PRO-...le_Laptops&hash=item1e63648302#ht_2304wt_1139 The seller upgraded the Mac with third-party RAM and HDD, but his feedback looks solid. Do you recomend it? after taxes, etc it may even be a little bit cheaper than buying it from UK. The Warranty is international, right? Anything I should look after if I get it from USA? b) Order it from an online store. The only one I could find, that orders to Cyprus is B&H. However it is much more expensive that other shops. Is there any other stores you recomend with itnernational shipping? c) Ask a friend of mine who studies there to buy it. If she buys it under her name and student ID, will there be any problem with warranty afterwards? Can she buy the laptop with my info and have it shipped to her? I need to have the laptop register to me. Other ideas/suggestions are more than welcomed! I know I wrote a big text block, sorry for that and I will like to thank you from advance for your reply and help! I am getting a little bit desperate here to get everything right!