Just got the word from a Mac Mall Repair person that my Logic Board has failed. I took it in because it would not power on. He told me the cost to replace the Logic Board from Apple is $474 + $120 Labor (I have to pay $89 for Diagnostics which can be applied to the cost). Since I do not have Apple Care I am thinking of getting a new machine. However, pretty unhappy this machine only lasted 1 year and and 5 months. This was my first Mac. All my other Windows Machines (30 years worth) seem to last much longer and when I did have to replace the Mother Board it was maybe $120 - $150 (mostly standard size machines). For these reasons I never ever my "insurance" like Apple Care. Not a lot I can do about the past but I am now thinking of the future. What has been your experience? Do you always buy Apple Care? I do have a business so at least I can write it off but still not really happy with Apple at the moment. Regarding this Machine. I will probably use it for spare parts. My daughter has the same machine and my son has the "prior" generation. Also, I have 8gb of memory in this machine but I understand the memory is a slower version then what comes in the new machine. Any other thoughts?