Choice #1 New 27" imac i3 3.2 with edu discount and purchase of itouch, which I will sell to offset price. (Likes: faster Ram, latest design, SDXC.) $1599 Refurb 27" i7 QUAD core 2.8. No discounts. (Likes: the obvious; quad core.) $1699 (Apple guy says probably new, *by "new," I mean just prior to this refresh* have a couple hundred in stock.) Use: General and intermediate/amateur video editing. HD rendering, some effects, but no green screen stuff or 3D. Will probably use an external HD for a scratch drive. Notes: Yes, I posted most of this in the Audi thread but I'm down to the wire and I didn't know if some of you guys would read that one... Hellhammer? Dudeman? I've been following you for weeks in the "Still waiting" thread. Advice, pleeeze? Thanks in advance for any advice. Also, b4 I get flamed, I looked through the entire first page of threads and didn't see any comparing the refurb i7 with the new i3, - just the i5 comparison. Lastly: I am especially confused about the Graphics cards in each of these machines. I've been following the Mobility thread, but can anyone just tell me which is better for my purposes?