I'm making my decision today on purchasing a new laptop. I'm going to list (in my Rumsfeldian fashion) the known knowns, the known unknowns, and the unknown unknowns and see if anyone can provide info that will seal the deal. First, the background: Longtime Apple/MacUser (Apple IIe, Mac Plus). Currently have an iMac (most recent gen until this release), iPhone 3GS x2 (me and the wife), and iBook G4 that's almost eight years old and dying- both the second battery and the second power cord are frazzed. I need a new laptop, and soon. Purpose of laptop: It will be a combo work/home laptop. Will probably run a small amount of windows app (virtualization/bootcamp). Watch DVDs. Use Citrix to connect to work. ITunes, webbrowsing, MSOffice. No heavy photoshopping, no heavy gaming (although I've always enjoyed a good round of Civ, I PS3 most games). What I know: Having looked at computers, and knowing my current laptop, I know a 13" screen won't cut it. I like the 17", but don't need it enough to pay the premium or feel like lugging it about. So it will be a 15" screen. My questions: 1. If I were to get a laptop today, would you recommend lowest MBP 15", or midrange MBP 15"? I know the midrange comes with the extra GPU, but I don't know enough to know if this is a large advantange. I tend to hold on to my computers for a long time (see my iBook, above, and until my iMac purchase earlier this year I was still using a G4 tower I had purchased in '99). Is the extra GPU worth it? 2. I really like the MacConnection deal that expires today. I know the Arrandale processors are coming out (maybe February). I could hold out, but I don't have a feel for how advantageous they would be. Looked at many threads, and still don't know. Any recommendations as compared to the $250 I would save today? Thanks in advance.