Hello! My Toshiba laptop has finally kicked the can and its time for me to invest in a new computer and Im ready to make the leap to a mac! Ive done a ton of research, been to the apple store 100 times, read all sorts of forums, but I am still left without a clear answer to what meets my specific needs the best the i5 or the i7. Yes, I know there is a lot out there about this, but I feel as though each persons needs are different so its hard to determine what will be right for me. I will mainly be using the laptop for heavy photo editing. No gaming. No Video as of now (maybe minimal amount once I upgrade my camera). I want a macbook pro 15 inch for portability 2.4ghz (2.53 doesnt seem worth it). I cant afford the SSD right now, but would eventually like to upgrade (possibly sooner rather than later). Until then, I was planning on getting 500GB with the 7200 rpm. I also plan on upgrading to 8GB RAM (ordering it through crucial) as soon as I get it. I will also be getting the antiglare (better for editing and I have dry eyes ). Still undecided about applecare. What I will be running on the laptop: Photoshop CS4 RAW images, batch processing, large panoramic images, editing/running actions, etc. Lightroom some editing, opening files into photoshop, organizing photos, exporting to smugmug, etc. External Monitor Dell 2209WA will hook up to this when doing lots of editing Building occasional photobooks Obvious - Internet/email/other basic stuff i7 concerned about overheating issues, more expensive i5 want to make sure its enough for what Im doing (esp using the external monitor, raw panos, etc) So what do you think i5 or i7? Any advice is much appreciated! Thanks!