Long time lurker, first time poster. I've recently sold my G4 mini to a friend, and am going to upgrade my main machine. Currently, I'm using a stock 1.33 ghz iMac. I used to work at a small newspaper, and was able to do the layout, photo retouching, and ad creation on my G4 867 12" Powerbook G4. I'm still working in publishing, and I have a PeeCee to do the heavy lifting at work, but I need something with oomph at home. I do some freelance desktop publishing, design, and photo manipulation. I make decent money every month, but its not my bread and butter. I just bought a new Sony camcorder so I can get back into video editing. It's been ages since I've used FCP or Premiere, so I'd need to work my way back into those programs. I have a 19" CRT and 17" CRT. I eventually want to upgrade to LCDs to use with the new machine. I'm considering: 1) Refurb 20" intel iMac. I'd boost the ram to 2 GB and buy one of these LCDs to make an extended desktop. The total price of this package would be about $2K. 2)Refurb G5 2.3 DP from Smalldog. I can get one for $2150 shipped. Then, toss in 2 gigs of memory. The cost here would be about $2350-$2400. (I'd need a VGA-Mini-DV adaptor.) What's the catch? I have a huge trip coming up in July. The computer needs to be paid off by June 1 so the CC is clear. Also, I tend to update machines every 2 years or so. Ideally, in late 2007/early 2008, I'd update this powerbook to an intel. then, the desktop would get updated in late 2008/early 2009. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.