My current laptop which is a MBP 17 inch Early 2009... Processor is 2.93 Intel Core 2 Duo 4 GB of RAM NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT 512 MB 320GB Hard drive (7200rpm) AND Cracked glass screen (not the LCD) that my nephew just caused. I was planning to give/get my nephew a new laptop so - 2 options 1. Upgrade current MBP internals with SSD + 8 GB of ram and fix screen Estimated cost = around $400 (Maybe $300 depending on how much it costs to fix the screen?) 2. Buy new windows laptop Estimated cost = around $500 I haven't really been into computer tech like that - so I don't know what the estimated life of this laptop is...and how much better newer technology is even if it's a Windows. Much appreciated!