Just found this forum! My current laptop (HP dv4335nr) no longer recognizes that the power cord is in it - so it only runs on battery. I've been told that likely means the motherboard is fried so it seems it's time to buy a new machine. I need a machine for every day stuff (web browsing, word processing, dvd watching, video streaming, etc), graphic work (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) but I would also really like to attempt video editing and sound recording (READ: I have no experience with this stuff). This is what has led me to MacBook Pros. So questions I have about MBPs... 1) NEW VS REFURB I know that refurbs are slightly cheaper with the same warranty and access to AppleCare as new machines, but I know plenty of people who are anti-refurb (not necessarily anti-Mac-refurb just as a general rule). Which is the better / wiser investment? Would it just be better to buy new online and customize it (with Office, Final Cut Xprs among other things)? 2) BEST SPECS / CUSTOMIZATIONS Considering my needs, I think a 15" screen would be best but as for the other parts: What are the best specs and customizations considering my uses? Which processor would be best (2.26 vs 2.53 vs 2.66GHz)? Is size or speed more important with a hard drive (320 vs 500GB or 5400 vs 7200RPM)? Sorry if these questions are stupid. I'm fairly familiar with using computers but not so much with the technical side. Thanks!