I know this isn't the right 'direction' to switch, but I saw no reason not to share the story with y'all. I switched (basically) because I couldn't afford a mac. I already had a 450 MHz g4, and my parents were telling me to get a new computer, for myself, so my mom could get my g4, and my dad could get my mom's g3. Since my dad's computer broke. The computers would just go down the 'assembly line'. Well, my parents set a $700 limit, I had to make up the difference in however much I spent, and being a 15 year old, I had nothing to make the difference up with. Well, I looked on eBay for ~$700 mac, and the best I could find were ~400 MHz g4 powermacs. I didn't want to downgrade from my previous computer! So, I decided to just see what I could get on the 'dark side' of eBay. I was astoundid when I saw the prices of the PC's! PC's are priced amazingly on eBay. There are so many people who custom build PCs and sell them on eBay, that the supply and demand goes waaaaaaaaaay in the buyer's favor. So, after searching for a LONG time, I managed to find a GREAT PC for $700. I bought a PC with these stats: 2.4 GHz pentium 4 533 MHz quad pumped system bus 512 MB of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM (that is being used to its full potential) Windows XP Home Dell Dimension case 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 front, 4 back) CD burner (40x10x40x) Floppy Drive (I have actually used it too!) I am posting this really late, I bought the PC about a year ago (note the thread title) - and I haven't been disappointed by it in the year that I have had it. It came to me fully loaded and working great. It has only crashed twice (to where I had to restart), the same number as my mac (which I had used longer). It is FAST, it burns CDs FAST, and the p2p software rocks. I encourage those who don't have much money for their next computers to think about getting a custom built PC off of eBay. So, I still like macs better, but I also like PCs, and I would have a Mac if they weren't overpriced so badly. I know that is opinion, but, to me, macs are severely overpriced. I just thought I would share my 'switch' story. I'll also add that I plan on spending my own money to get my very own PPC 970 power mac when one comes up. I might get one when it is speed bumped. The new rumors talking about 2.5 GHz are making my mouth water.