Hi all, my first post, so go easy on me! Ok, here's my dilemma. I am typing this from an Ibook G4, purchased in 2003 or 2004 (?) and though usable, very slow.....something like 1.3 processor and 1.25 ram. Needless to say, it's time for an upgrade. But....money is tight. Was all set to buy a refurb Macbook on apple's site for $749. Bonus is -it's tax-free weekend in MA so there will be no additional costs. Maybe I can sell my iBook for $200, so that would help too. I've read good things (on this forum and elsewhere) about refurbs, so that's great. However, just looked at Microcenter's site and they are offering a MacBook Pro with the 2.4 processor AND 4G ram, + 250 Hard drive for just $999. I know that's a great deal, esp 'cause the regular MacBooks are going for that same price on Apple's site. HOWEVER, that additional $250 is a big deal to me. Is it worth it? I'd like this computer to last for a while (like this one has)....I also see that sometimes when you order a refurb you get a like-new computer, perhaps with more upgrades than you thought, so that could be worth the gamble? Tho I know I shouldn't expect that. I mainly use the computer for emailing, surfing the web, all that regular stuff...but in addition I do voice work so will need to use Garage Tools and/or Audacity (both recording software) so I'll have to edit, produce mp3s, etc. Not sure this really matters much, I'm sure a MacBook would be fine...but am just wondering if maybe the larger processor, 4G ram will last me longer in the long-term. I know I could buy the MacBook and just upgrade to the higher ram if/when i need it. But I have to say I do like the aluminum casing and sd slot and the backlit keyboard, etc. All little things though, and not sure they are worth the extra $$. Thoughts???? Help!!! I have to make a quick decision, tax free weekend is over tomorrow so it's my last day.