Now that I've got a place at uni, I want to use my higher education discount to switch to OS X and the whole Mac world. Only problem is I'm confused on a whole number of issues. First, let me say that I'll be using the computer for gaming, work, internet, video editing, music etc. In short, it's got to be multifunctional. I already have a 24" Dell 2407wfp monitor too (which is awesome). Anyway, in no particular order, this is what I want to know: 1. Is the 2.4 GHz iMac (or even the 2.8 GHz) with 2 GB of RAM better than the 15" 2.4 GHz SR MBP when it comes to gaming? If so, is the difference significant? Btw, please ignore the whole portablity issue when making your judgements. 2. If I do go with a 15" MBP, which HD should I choose - the 5400 RPM or 7200 RPM? I understand that the 7200 RPM drive would offer greater speeds, but if my drive is going to be full most of the time, then wouldn't the difference become negligble? Also, would having the 5400 RPM drive 'choke' transfer speeds over fw800 to and from an external 7200 RPM drive? 3. Speaking of external hard drives, is getting one with fw800 really worth it? In all the online stores I've looked at, they're all approx. 25% more expensive then their USB counterparts. If I were using a 5400 RPM internal drive, would I really notice a difference? 4. In previous years have the UK Back to School offers included the free printer deal that you get in the US? 5. My Sony Vaio laptop is currently 4 yrs old, but still just about working - should I wait until Leopard, which will come out midway through my first term at uni, or pull the trigger as soon as the Back to School offer starts? 6. If I do go for the MBP, I want to buy it in-store, so that I can open it up there and then and make sure there aren't any problems. What are the main things I should be looking for during this time? 7. Am I right in thinking that there's no return policy for custom built, internet ordered machines? Do you still get a 14 day return policy for a stock config ordered from the net? 8. Are Apple's prices negotiable at all? What I mean is will they be able to discount a case if I'm buying a laptop? Or perhaps a keyboard? 9. Do Apple still stock new versions of the old keyboard? Thanks in advance.