I had the unfortunate occurrence of spilling water on my 2009 MB. Naturally it was out of Apple Care! I took it to the Apple Store and the "low" estimate was $435 to repair IF the only problem was a fried Logic Board. Well, after thinking about it for a while, I decided to look at new MBPs since my MB was only 2GHz with 2GB memory and was pretty slow at things like Handbrake. At my local military base exchange they had an early 2011 MBP for $989 (and no tax at a BX). After thinking about it for a week or so, I finally decided to go ahead and fork out the additional $$ to upgrade to the Pro. Last night I put it on layaway and plan to get it before Christmas (Maybe as early as next week). This MBP is 2.3GHz (not the latest 2.4) and has 4GB memory with a 320GB HD. The HD is a moot point since I will replace it with the new 500GB Seagate Momentus Hybrid that was in my MB (It didn't suffer from the water spill and still works fine). I think it has SL installed, which is fine because I really don't like Lion anyway. I may still see about getting the MB fixed and give it to my son if it won't cost more than the $435 quote.