I am getting ready to start a PhD program in computer science and want to be able to run software in Windows for school. I am trying to decide if it's worth it for me to dual boot my current laptop or consider upgrading. I have a 2006 black macbook (macbook 2,1) maxed out with 2 gb of ram - core 2 due 2.0 ghz. I upgraded the HD last summer to 500 gb so I would have plenty of space. I am likely to need to run Matlab, Maple, and will need some computational geometry libraries for classes in the next year. I think I can do some of these things in OS X but I have heard that Matlab is very slow in OS X so I would like to run it in Windows.