I have a dilemna. One of the guys I work with dropped his Macbook Pro a while ago. He started having problems with it a few months later and ended up getting a new one (brand new MBP 17", SSD, etc. the works... very jealous). He wanted to know if I wanted his old one. He was just going to part it out because he didn't feel like fixing it. It's a 17" 2.4 Core 2 Duo with 4GB RAM. There are a couple of things wrong with it: 1) battery expanded and needs replaced. Not a huge deal, but will cost unless I can get Apple to replace it (not betting on it...) 2) Can't install Snow Leopard for some reason. It always craps out at 20 minutes left. I think it might be hard drive-related (just a guess as I haven't tried it and had a chance to troubleshoot) which would mean the hard drive MIGHT need replaced. 3) Cosmetic damage from the drop. The bottom left corner near the DVD drive is all cracked. It's also cracked in the top left corner of the screen (It was closed when he dropped it, so it's the same drop point). DVD drive functions fine Everything else seems to be in good shape. Here is how I intend to use it: 1) Xcode (meaning compiling, etc.) 2) CS5 (I COULD go down to CS4, but would love to stay at CS5 3) VMWare Fusion (rarely) 4) Email, internet, random stuff that any computer could probably do I already have a 27" iMac I use day-to-day that functions great, but would love to be able to be more mobile at certain times. It'd be nice to sit in bed and work some nights or work when I'm travelling or going to my parents for the weekend when there's some downtime. It should be noted that I'm capable of replacing all the components myself so I'm not worried about labor. Just cost of the actual components. Mostly, I'm just concerned about how long I'll be able to use this laptop model. Will it be discontinued in Lion? Will CS6 not run on it? I'd hate drop some cash for something I don't really NEED, just want and then it be obsolete in 6 months. I think I could get him down to $250 for it. Thoughts?