Hi, I'm starting an Architecture degree at Uni in Sept '09, and up 'til now had planned to buy a MacBook (my first Mac) at some stage this year (pref sooner rather than later- October updates probably) as my main computer at Uni. I had planned to simply save up for the most powerful processor available at the time so that it would see me as far into the course as possible. It's a 6 year course in total, so I suppose (I'm a tight bugger) that I would need to upgrade at some point, unless I take out a bank loan and carry a Mac Pro around with me . Reasons for the MacBook: Has to be a Mac. Hate Windows, always wanted a Mac, Uni uses Macs etc... Portability- will be taking to studio to room to pub etc Cost (not too bad with the HE discount), Pro always seemed expensive to me but then I've never had the dough for any Mac before I'm now realising that the graphics on the MacBook (and possibly on the updated one coming out) will most likely not be up to the job. I don't play games, but it looks like the software I will be using will be equally, if not more, graphic-hungry. Some examples: Sketchup Pro recommends "3D classified card 512mb+, minimum 128mb" AutoCAD: "OpenGL /Direct 3D compatible, 128mb+" Vectorworks: "16 bit display color depth" ArchiCAD: "OpenGL compatible 256mb+" Adobe Indesign/Illustrator: "16 bit video card" Photoshop will probably also come into it somewhere. Note: I don't know much about graphics, ie. what this OpenGL thingy is, or about "bits", but I appreciate more mb=better graphics So...do you reckon the MacBook is up to (any of) this? I don't know specifically which software I'll be using...but it does look like the MacBook might be struggling. I've read on this forum that Apple will probably put better graphics in the new MacBooks, but I'm sure they still won't have heavy CAD software users in mind when they do this. So I suppose my question is: should I just shell out for the most tricked out MacBook Pro there is when the new ones come out? Or get a MacBook for studio/lighter work and then somehow fund a powerful iMac for the heavy stuff with some magic money or something? Either way...I need to get a second job Are there any other CAD users/people in the same situation as me out there? Sorry to go on...it's rather a sorry tale and apologies if I bored you Help would be much appreciated! EDIT: forgot to add, small screen size isn't really an issue as I'd use an external display in my room for detailed work.