Hello, Long time lurker, first time poster. I must admit, as a life long PC user I feel pursuaded to give Macs a shot. With that being said, I have been feverishly looking through Craigslist/Apple Store/fleabay to find the best deal. I am hoping some of you long time Mac users can offer me some insight on which MBP to purchase. My budget is about $1300. The Macbook will be used primarly for online college courses. A high secondary use will be for iTunes music collection and managing photo collections. I will not be doing anything *too* intensive, I just want to get the best bang for my buck. Here are some details: I found a local offer through Craigslist for the newer 13.3" 2.26Ghz 2Gb RAM, 160Gb hard drive for $800.00. The owner purchased this from Apple about 6 months ago. There are only 2 scratches on the bottom of the laptop. I found another offer through Craigslist for a 15.4" MB471LL/A. The owner has confirmed the laptop is in pristine condition. He purchased this from Apple in Dec of 08 with AppleCare that is valid until 12/11/11. The price he is asking is $1250. I have been looking at the new 13.3" MBP directly at Apple using the Education discount. For $1099 + taxes I would get the newest low end MBP with 4Gb of RAM. What are your thoughts? Would it be smart buying the 13.3" older version and spending $100 bucks on new RAM/HD? I am concerned about the older 15.4" MBP - seems like its identical hardware to the 2009 versions although it also has AppleCare. Would I be better off just going to the newest 13.3" from Apple? Thanks in advance for your expert advice.