This is the decision I'm trying to make. Aside from the everyday use, I will be using Parallels and eventually bootcamp (probably when Leopard is released). My main dilemma lies in difference in the GPU RAM. Do the extra 128 MB provide that big of a difference in the graphics-heavy apps? I will be using Final Cut Express right away and will probably get Aperature or Photoshop in the future. I do a bit of PC gaming with Half-life 2 and other Source games mainly, but don't want to be limited should a great game come out. I would have 2GB in each regardless. I'm a grad student with a wife and child with another on the way so I'm trying to keep costs as low as possible. However, I want this laptop to last for at least 3 or 4 years though, since my current iBook is not meeting my needs after only 1.5. Thanks for the input.