Here is my situation: **** I apologize in advance**** Current 15" MBP 2.2 Core Duo2 Santa Rosa 4GB Ram 500 GB @ 7200. will the early 2010 15" 2.43 or 2.53 i5 or 2.66 i7 make a huge difference? - 2.43 vs. 2.53 not so much of difference? - 2.43 i5 vs 2.66 i7? If I get a new one, I will upgrade Ram to 8 Gb (not from applestore) and go with a 500 GB @ 7200. USES. FCP - editing is fine. it's the rendering and exporting which is starting to get to me., Photoshop CS4 - saving is a little slower and saving as PDF takes forever now. Illustrator CS4 - Same as Photoshop Parallels 5.0 - have to use both mac and pc at the same time for certain things. Seems to be very taxing on my machine now. GAMING- wow is still fine. sometimes it lags but i figure that's the internet service? Sims 2 was ok, but Sims 3 felt like the FPS was barely making it. Would like to play starcraft II when it comes out. Oh and Counterstrike sometimes. ** Had my laptop for 3 years now. Surfing the net is fine, still fast. 500 GB was reaching capacity, so I transferred files and emptied got 100GB back. However, recently with no programs open, just firefox. Opening other apps is slower by 6 sec. or so. Summary: Money is not really an issue but in this economy, it's about saving money. I don't have to have the newest toy....and if I get a new laptop I would like to stay within budget which includes education discount. I will get applecare because I've had to replace my display due to the video chip dying. Just spoke with applecare again and I need a optical drive replacement cause it won't read and spits out the disc.New is good sure but worth spending the money? and battery replacement which is still under applecare and that expires this coming july. OR should I transfer more files and delete to try and get back at least half of 500 GB. OR is it JUST time for an upgrade. So DOC.........what's the verdict? AND Thank YOU!!!!