ok I've been a pc user forever, never had a mac. When my 10th pc laptop broke after two month (this time at least it was a $250 garbage netbook), I gathered some bestbuy gift cards I got for my birthday and I decided to get a macbook. Of course now I am stuck: Best buy has previous model for $899 New model is $999. Previous model has firewire (I think one of my external hard drives is firewire) also it appears that battery is not integrated, which means easy access to replace hard drive and to upgrade RAM if needed, which is a plus. 500GB hard drive cost $89 so it is a no brain upgrade. New model has better display it appears, faster processor, better battery life, more capacity hard drive, new type mousepad (which could be a good or a bad thing I have not tried it). Integrated battery now so I assume it is a pain to replace anything and to upgrade memory and hard drive is a pain, right? They removed firewire. They removed ir port. And it will cost me a $100 more. Neither model has illuminated keyboard which is nice but I don't want to pay $200 for to get to Pro. So what are your thoughts for a newbie like me? Should I get an older model or a newer model? It seems new model has advantages but also a lot of disadvantages and costs more.