I want to upgrade to a 15" MBP within the next year. The current models have really caught my eye, but with all this talk about Arrandale i am considering whether or not to wait. Is Arrandale that big of a jump? Regardless of what i do, i want a computer that is capable of gaming modern games at decent settings (ex. 1-2 steps lower than native resolution, & atleast low-med settings with atleast 30 FPS). The 9600 fits these guidelines. Whenever i buy a Mac i'm sure it will be night and day compared to my current PC. As my main computer i am using a 2-year old Toshiba 1.73 GHz PC with the Celeron M processor. The battery rarely lasts more than 1 hour. It's still running fine, albeit slow. I can wait, but would Arrandale processors provide a performance boost in gaming if the MBP would still (hypothetically) have the 9600?