I know everyone here probably hates these topics with a passion, but I really am having a hard time deciding what computer I wish to purchase for my upcoming fall semester at college. Now, here's the breakdown: I want a nice computer that I'll be using to code, interweb surf, listen to music, and play games (from oldies to new ones). As such, I need a pretty demanding machine. I really like the MacBook Pro, but if I were to get one I'd much prefer the 17" for its screen real estate, better graphics processing (I believe someone here said it gets less hot since its a larger heatsink). I'm just having a hard time justifying the cost that would run me, even with ADC it's still going to be $2-3 grand once AppleCare and other accessories are added in. As such, here are the current options I'm debating between: 1) 17" MacBook Pro + Huge, hi-res screen + Can run games very well (from YouTube videos) + Damn sexy + Mac OS X + Great battery life (according to Consumer Reports a month or two ago) - Steep price is hard to justify 2) 15" MacBook Pro + Mac OS X + Can run most modern games, although not necessarily at highest settings + Damn sexy + Relatively affordable - Seems to have more hardware problems than the 17" (this is just a personal observation on the forum, perhaps because less people own the 17") - Can't run games as well as other similarly priced machines 3) Random Dell/Lenovo/Newegg Laptop + Affordable + Have high specs for the price you're paying, although this can be misleading - Ugly and frequently cumbersome. I hate those shiny metallic outside cases, and those bright neon lights that manufacturers use to "coolify" their product - Windows only (Well, maybe Linux at some point too) - This is not always the case, but piss-poor battery performance 4) Build a desktop + Best bang for your buck + Great performance, usually + Lots of customization - It's a desktop, so no portability - I already built one computer and I don't want to go through the headache of building another - Windows only (sans Linux) That's a brief rundown of my current situation, and the situation has become a lot more urgent because my old computer's (which I built 3 years ago) power supply is dead, and I'm fairly certain its hard drives were also on a path to destruction (lots of classic Seagate clicks). Basically, I just want some opinions from you guys, or maybe you can contribute to my pro's and con's. Cheers, and thanks!