I can get a previous gen MBP for $1492 new at the base exchange and apple care for it would run another $349 for a total of $1841 I was looking at a black MB from the refurb store for $1099 plus apple care for $249 for a total of $1348 but then I'll have to have it re-shipped as apple won't ship directly to a USN base which will probably add ~$90 for a total of $1438 This computer is for my wife (and to replace our 8 yo PC desktop). I have an EEE PC 1000H for portability so that's not a major concern. Price is of some concern as this is our first mac item (but she uses them at her work - she's a teacher). I'd want to bump either machine up to 4 GB of Ram also. Machine for Machine, what would you do?