I'm facing the question most rising college students are facing now a days, is a Mac right for me? I've been asking myself this question over and over again lately and the only answer I've been able to come up with is yes. I just want some expert opinion to make sure it is right for me. Just last year I bought a Compaq laptop thinking I would be able to use it for college next year but it's already turning into crap. I let my family use it for five minutes and I'm getting attacked with a virus. It hasn't been the same since. This has become the norm for all the PCs I've used. They'll work fine for about a year and then just fall apart. Something always seems to happen whether it's a virus, hardware failure, etc. Something happens and then the entire system goes to hell. I don't want to continue this trend so I'm considering my first Mac. I'm planning on being a computer science and physics major. None of the programs I'll be running will be tremendously taxing on the computer so I'm not that worried with getting a top of the line machine. Just something that I can use to write code and run simple simulations. I do, however, want a machine that I can depend on to get me through college. I'm working on a limited budget so I can't afford to be constantly replacing and repairing. Right now the 13" i5 Macbook Pro seems to be the best machine for me. I was looking at going with the 500 GB upgraded HDD and was definitely going to get AppleCare. Does this seem to the best fit for me? Should I consider the basic Macbook or is the 13" Pro a better fit?