I guess. I am seeing where I can cut corners to save. i am already ordering only 256mb ram. I am considering the 30gb hd, not the 40gb but thats *just a thought* i am not cutting the gpu from 440 to 420. the screen is a free upgrade (right now) and so it the g wifi so they stay. i need a cd-rw so cutting back to just an 8x dvd is no option. In real life there wont be a great difference. Just like there is hardly one between a 1.6 and a 1.7 dothan but i guess $50 is not a high price to pay for more oomph!