I am looking into buying a Macbook Pro (15 inch) by the end of the year. I want to buy a computer that will last me as long as possible. I'm a professor, so I will be getting the higher education discount for all this, so that helps set back the price of upgrading the processor and HDD. The most hardware intensive applications I will be running are a few video conversion suites and various games, so that's where my question comes in. I will be using OSX for most of my day-to-day tasks, and Bootcamp Windows XP or Vista for any gaming I want to do. The games I plan on playing are World of Warcraft (which runs native in OSX) and the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic, which doesn't have any set system specs, so I am assuming I will be Bootcamping it. I'm not sure how much difference the hardware customizations will make on Windows gaming performance. Will the ~300 dollars be worth it to upgrade the processor from the 2.66 to the 2.93 gHz? And the ~50 for the faster 320gb HDD? Also, am I making a mistake in assuming that even running Windows through Bootcamp that the Macbook Pro 15 inch will be powerful enough to run newly released online games as effectively as a comparable PC? I've had very good luck with my iPhone and the genius bar when I have a problem, so I really want my next laptop to be an Apple; I just don't want to be shortchanging myself since a few games I know I will be running are Windows only, and I am completely ignorant of Bootcamp performance.