I have had a hard time deciding what to buy and was hoping for some outside opinions and ideas on a new computer/s. I am a Junior CS and History major and in the market for a new mac. I currently own a 500Mhz G3 SE Graphite DV iMac. The 500 is with me at college running OS 10.2.8. I am going to be buying a new computer before this year starts up. Having a slight dilemma. I have around 4Gs to blow but I want more than one computer. I am on the track team so I do alot of traveling therefore a laptop would be an indispensable luxury plus most of my campus is wireless and I will be in Ireland for a month for class. However, I do want to run a lot of high process apps (i.e. Maya, Lightwave, Dreamweaver) so a G5 Tower would be ideal as far as upgradability. So far the two options I have thought of are these: 12" iBook 1GHz ($1115) Add AE and BT Combo Drive 20GB iPod ($269 - C&J Rebate) HP Deskjet 5150 ($89 free w/ rebate) Dual 1.8 G5 ($1742 ADC Student Membership) Radeon 9600 AE and BT 17" Display ($599) Total: $3814 before tax (which kinda gets negated with rebates) My other thought was this: PB 1.33GHz Combo ($1512) 5400 drive upgrade 20GB iPod ($269 - C&J Rebate) HP Deskjet 5150 ($89 free w/ rebate) 20" Display ($1169) Extra Battery ($116) Apple Care ($239) Total: Total: $3513 before tax (which kinda gets negated with rebates) Now the the first options seems like the obvious choice but here the catch. I am going to need my next set up to last me at least for the next 6 years. I will be continuing on to get my Masters in both CS and History and a PHd in History. With my second option I would wait until the financial hit fully settled in and then wait for the next upgrade in G5s (Early Next Year?) and hopefully pick up a DP 2.0 or DP 2.5 at lower price (once again Student ADC) and will pick up a better graphics card (a must). This will be more expensive but will be better in the long run since the PB will be able to take full advantage of Tiger and I would rather have the 20" for apps as opposed to a 17". My first semester is less intensive this year so not having the G5 immediately isn't a huge problem. I have pretty much ruled out 15" and 17" PB as well as iMac for the reason of price + ultimate portablility + upgradablility. The laptop will just basically be my peon for taking notes moving class to class with small use of programming (C++, Java, VB). Anyway some other opinions would be appricated. Price is a large factor since this is my own money and since I pay for my own college. It is not the deciding factor since I need something for the long run. Thanks in advance.