Hello everyone, I purchased a first generation (core duo) 2.0ghz MacBook Pro roughly a year ago. Totally satisfied with it, and it was my first major Mac purchase aside from a Mac Mini. I used it as a desktop replacement (I spent that time in Iraq and the notebook held up wonderfully in the harshest of conditions). The system specs are: Processor - 2.0ghz Core Duo RAM - 2x 512 (1gb) 667 DDR HDD - 7200rpm 100gb Video - 256mb x1600 I've been considering getting a mac pro for some time but the fact that the high end video card is only a 1900xt turns me off bigtime. For the configuration I want in a desktop, the price is too prohibitive considering the video card. I will also lose mobility, which really matters -- most of my gaming is done at my brothers house or with friends. That was one of the biggest draws of the MBP. Performance is a big factor, and I understand that options are limited. What I am curious of is the difference between the latest generation and the first gen that I have. Will I see a difference in the processing power between a 2.0 core duo and a 2.4 core 2? The 8600m is a DX10 card for BootCamp, so it has scalability for future game releases (not that I intend to use Vista often at all), but is it faster than the x1600? World of Warcraft, Oblivion, and when they're released, Starcraft 2 and Quake Wars are probably the only games I'll play. Is it a fair assumption that the 8600m will run these games? Obviously not at the maxed out settings, but Quake Wars beta runs at 2-3fps on my current MBP. Aside from gaming, I use the machine for light photo editing (I am a hobbyist, not a professional) with Photoshop and Aperture. Everything else falls into a category that really doesn't require anything fancy -- terminal (network architect by profession) and isale. The configured cost with corporate discount is $2466 for the new laptop: Processor - 2.4ghz Core 2 Duo RAM - 2x 1gb (2gb total) HDD - 160gb 7200rpm Video - 256mb 8600m I'd sell the original MBP for $1,000. What are your thoughts?