Will be ordering a MBP soon, my first. I'm returning to college as an old man (26) but I need this machine to be a little more than your typical student laptop as I will be using it for other purposes. Essentially what I need is a jack of all trades; something very portable that is capable when it comes to amateur video editing, RAW image processing, and transcoding/encoding/conversion processes. I'd also like to run older strategy games such as Age of Empires 3 with no hiccups. I've narrowed it down to 3 options with a budget of under $2300; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB 128GB solid-state drive $1949.00 (The 8 gigs of RAM is for running multiple programs like Aperture and Final Cut, while also (hopefully) improving system performance and making up for the C2D) 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB 128GB solid-state drive $2199.00 (So far I like this option the best, I'm actually willing to spend the 200 for a processor bump, but I also want to run a cool machine) 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB 128GB Solid State Drive SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) (I would really prefer the 13 form factor, but this baby has an i5 and hi-res screen for the same price as the 2.66 C2D minus 4 gigs of RAM) I need guidance. Anybody want to slap some sense into my head?