So I've been eyeing a mac for some years now, and was all prepared to buy an iBook last year. However, with the switch to Intel I decided it would be best to wait. Now that the MacBook is finally here, I can get my mac. However, I have a tough decision to make. As I see it, I can either go for the 1.83 Ghz model, with upgraded 1 GB of RAM and 80 GB HDD, or the 2.0 Ghz model with the same upgrades. The difference between these two would be the extra 177 Mhz per core, and the SuperDrive. Presently I'm on a Windows desktop with no DVD burner, so I think it would be cool to finally have one. I've never burnt a DVD in my life and can get by without one, but if I had one, I'd make some copies DVDs that I enjoyed that my friends and family own, so that I can have a physical copy of it. My question is, if I were to rip a DVD to my HDD and then make a DVD out of it, what would the quality be like? Would it be comparable to the original DVD or would it lose some quality? My friend was explaing to me that MPG's are the format the movie would have to be in, and my own experience with MPG's is that the quality isn't as good as, say, AVI files. Like I said, the DVD burner is just something that I would like to have, but don't need. The thing is, that with the upgrades on both machines, the 2.0 Ghz model is only $170 more, and that's including taxes. So basically the upgrade only costs $170, which isn't that much of a difference, I guess. However, lately I've been thinking that I could always get an external DVD burner that would be faster. The only problem with getting an external burner is that this laptop is going to become my main computer as I'll be losing my Windows desktop. So having everything all in one would be nice. Also, the more I think about it, the more I realize that OS X + my app's are going to take up about 15 GB, plus my own files like music and pictures another 15 GB, so is the 80 GB HDD upgrade worth it? Should I just stick to the 60 that comes base in the 1.83 and 2.0 Ghz models? If I stick to the original 60 then I'd have about 25 GB's of left over space to serve me. As I'm sure you can tell, I'm a little confused, so any other opinions would be great, and highly appreciated.