I know it sounds weird and kinda silly, but I really need you MBP lovers to tell me that I made an awesome decision buy just buying a Late 2011 17" MBP, 2.5Ghz I7, 4GB RAM, 750GB 7200rpm HDD and AG Screen. I need it form you cuz I will NEVER get this from my wife, who looks at my brand new MBP with resentment because I bought it on a time on which although we had the money on the bank (and more), it wasn't precisely the best time for spending it ( next year job situation unclear, might need to move, thinking on a baby next year, etc). So, mind you, my wife IS COMPLETELY RIGHT when she says that given our situation, I shouldn't have bought it. She relunctantly allowed me to buy it, but I know deep inside she wishes I wouldn't... but honestly, I just couldn't resist. Why I bought it you say? Well here's the reason. I own a still (almost) perfectly usable Late 2007 17"MBP, 2.6 Ghz C2D, 4GB RAM, 500rpm, Nvidia 8600m 256Mb card, HDD AG Screen. This machine works as if it still was (almost) new, mainly because exactly a year ago the logic board, the screen, the battery and the HDD were all replaced for new parts, courtesy of AppleCare (best investment ever btw). So, since those 4 single pieces of hardware wer the most likely to fail with time, and they are only one year old, well thats why its still was almost new. This machine still fills all my needs BUT gaming (more on that later). So why did i buy a new MBP 17" inch then? Well two main reasons: 1) A couple of months ago the hinges of the screen got busted. The screen works perfectly, but it doesn't stand still on its own. I have to use the computer by leaning the screen to a wall or a stack of books. A bit annoying, yes, but not an effective workaround. Apple wanted 700 UD for fixing them (yeah right) but I could hace DIY fixed them by buying on ebay spare (used) hinges. They are relatively easy to find, and cost around 30 ish dollars on ebay. Still i decided not to cuz well, deep inside i wanted my wife to feel that my old computer , with is busted hinges and all, warranted a replacement (although not really). 2) I ABSOLUTELY NEEDED to start playing SHOGUN 2, BF3 and SKYRIM. My previous MBP was my prime and only gaming PC (bootcamped) and it served my needs well cuz I never needed to run all my games on max settings. Being the absolute Total War nutty fan that I am, I bought Shogun 2 last march but its so demanding that its unplayable on my previous mac, even on the lowest of settings. So it has been there sitting on my bootcamp partition without me even being able to play it, which was driving me crazy. And then, came BF3 and Skyrim. Those I knew well they weren't even going to load on my previous MBP so I didnt bother trying. But I was about to drive myself crazy watching all the gameplay vids, reviews, etc. I just need to play them, I wouldn't have been able to wait 6-8 months for Ivy Bridge. I just needed to play them now. I did my research and found out that Shogun 2, BF3 and Skyrim will all run decently on the Late 2011 17 " MBP (1680x1050 res mid/high settings, enough for me) so BAM, therein how I bought the new MBP. Why I just didn't spend 800-1000 on a PC gaming rig if what I mainly wanted the new MBP was to play? Because well, Although I DO LOVE WINDOWS 7 (regardeless of you haters) I just don't want to buy a desktop. We might be moving soon, I don't like to be limited to be in a designated house space to game ( I would sometime gme on the kitchen, for example). A gaming laptop such as alienware were outta the question, they have awesome specs but are badass fugly, and most importanlty, they are DELL. 3) A lesser reason than the other two, but editing in aperture was kinda slow, and HD movie processing on Final Cut and Adobe Premiere took hours and hours to render on my old MBP. I don't do this too often, therein why Its not a prime reason for replacing my old MBP. On this regard, i could have definetely waited for Ivy Bridge. However, then again, I LOVE the current 17" design. I may or may not like the next redesign, but I feel (be prepared for a bunchfull of geekyness) that I needed to pay tribute to the current design by owning one. 3-4 years later I can own the next design. So there you are. My rationalization of why I needed to buy it. Please tell me I am not an insensitive a#@$#hole that doesn't care of its wife's worries. Please tell me its all gonna be alright ... even if next year I need to feed myself with cup ramen. Please, I know i sound PATHETIC, but I really need this. I know that of all people, only you guys would truly understand why I needed it to buy it.