Looking for some final advice - I am not quite sure if the following will work well together. Perhaps some of you more experienced users can be of assistance. I called the Apple Store people and asked for the following: -their price for DP 1.25( $190 savings for Education Discount) -Office X -Micromat Utilities -.Mac I was going to get an additional 256 megs ram but this would cost $150 cdn. I did find a second party DDR 512 ram for $150 at a local PC retailer. Can I use this second party ram in the new DP 1.25? I am currently using a PC that has 1 X 512 DDR PC 2700 and, added to the 2nd 512 DDR stick (Samsung), should really help the DP 1.25 perform much better than "stock" (if the second party RAM will "run" without a hitch). The Apple Store does not sell Virtual PC. I would like to load Virtual PC 6.0 DOS as I have a licensed copy of XP home. It can be purchased at our local Apple reseller for $199 cdn. Has anyone had experience in loading XP onto the DOS version? If so, was it difficult? Did it work well? I have many files and programs from my PC that I need to continue to access. The folks at the local shop said that it would likely take the tech 1.5 to 2.0 hours to install VPC + XP - with a charge of about $150 for the labour. I hope to do it myself if I don't manage to crash everything (it's been quite a while since I worked with a mac -- back in the MacOS 8.5 days) The Apple Rep stated that he would give me a deal on a Superdrive. Instead of an additional $300, the upgrade would cost $200. I just wonder if I would use it enough to justify the additional cost. I am not familiar with burning DVDs and I am not really into downloading movies. Are there other multiple uses of such a piece of hardware? (Sorry, not very well versed in the hardware). I also wish to add a usb 2.0 (4 ports) card as I have several usb peripherals. I take it that the motherboard + OS will easily accommodate this card. I will eventually upgrade to firewire hardware as I replace older external hardware. About FireWire 800 - being that it is a very new development, my current firewire LaCie external CD-RW would only perform at the transfer rates for the FireWire 400 if plugged into the 800 port - is that so? The Apple rep stated that it would take 11 to 17 business days for the computer to reach my door. I guess that with the above "educational" deals make it very worth the wait. I have been waiting for a long time to rejoin the Mac family. Good bye PC....Hello Mac.