[Warning! This post is very long and a lot of it is very newbish! I apologize if this post was unnecessary or if it was posted in the wrong section. I salute you if you have taken the time to read my post, thank you very much!] So here I am guys, looking to this community for help/advice/tips on what the best/most for your buck Macbook I can get! Surprisingly enough, I have never purchased an Apple/Mac computer EVER.. in my life. I guess you can say I'm finally switching over (the whole boot camp windows on mac deal won me over). I'm about a month left til this semester ends and I've been thinking about getting myself a laptop for possibly this summer semester or even for next fall semester. I've been eyeing a Mac laptop for a number of months and I guess it's my time to hear others about their opinions. I plan to use the Macbook for educational purposes as well as playing around with images, music, and surfing the net. Adobe Photoshop is a must for me and GarageBand too. I plan on trying to create different graphics for my youth group and also attempt to record songs (I play the guitar, much love). Another big thing is video gaming. I have read many posts/articles saying that the Mac is NOT a gaming computer at all.. I totally understand that but my question is "Will I atleast be able to play some games on my Macbook with ease?". My main concerns is purchasing a product that is up to date, and affordable. I have been reading around and learned that Apple is planning on releasing the new Leopard OS and the Santa Rosa upgrade (to be honest, I'm not very informed in both). My question is.. "Is Apple planning on releasing both of those goodies into the Macbook?". Like I have stated above, I would like to get the best most updated Macbook in the market.. and waiting a couple more months is no problem for me (hoping they release it before fall semester). If having the new OS or Santa Rosa upgrade is not that important, then tell me why you guys think so and I will look into purchasing a Macbook sooner. [side question - "Will having the Leopard OS and Santa Rosa make a difference in gaming on the Macbook?"] Recently I have been looking at the refurbished Macs and the 2.0Ghz 1GB 80HDD White Macbook has been winning my praise. It has been going for $1,099.00 which I think is a great deal for a laptop like that. Now to my next question.. Upgrading. I know the Macbooks are capable of upgrading the RAM and HDD but really nothing else. I was wondering "is it possible to upgrade anything else on the Macbook?". Also, "is it worth it to purchase the 1GB RAM and 80HDD and upgrading it to 2GB RAM and more that 80HDD at a later time?". "How much will upgrading the RAM and HDD be compared to purchasing it through Apple instead?". Moving on to the last section of my pathetically long post (finally, right?). Boot Camp. The one thing that pretty much won me over. When I first heard about it I was very surprised that Macs can run both types of OS on one box! So really "how does it work, and is it still fast enough or does it depend on the RAM?". Back to the previous question, "would waiting for the Leopard OS make Boot Camp more effective?". "What about the new Windows Vista and it's capability of being used through Boot Camp?". I think it is crazy you can run both types of OS on a little portable laptop, that is just absurd and I would have not thought of that lets say.. 10 years ago! Well there it is everyone, my debut post on MacRumors.com! Thanks for taking the time reading this long, boring post.. I appreciate it very much! For and future replies and information/advice, thank you as well! I am excited for making my switch to Mac in the future, and I cannot wait! We live for His glory alone. Can't wait for my !