Hey, Well after all the thinking and re-thinking and yeah part of me still thinks I maybe should have gone witht way way cheaper 24inch iMac (but nar I want to com for video work so why bother and in a year or whenever I have some cash again I wont even think about it) I bought a mac pro! WOW I cannot believe I own one of these things! So yeah I got: 2.66ghz 2gigs ram over 4x512mb from apple (its just not significanlty cheaper from a respected dealer if you have Apple's higher education discount) - I hope to upgrade to 4gig over the next year but will really have to save. The Ati card because it seemed like a good idea. 250gig HD - get more later from some place else. Bluetooth and Airport Wireless keyboard and mouse. The funny thing is I didnt order a screen!! Also I have no screen! The reason for my choice? Well I am really pretty broke now... I need to move into a new house which means deposit!! But... if I bought the com now before the 7th I got £100 of an ipod and i aint got now ipod and want one bad. So I got a 30gig ipod for like £65!!! Its just a shame that when I get my Mac Pro I wont be able to use it. HAH. I'm saving for a HD display though and should have enough for one in a week or two. It just seemed worth getting the ipod discount now whilst I could. At least I will have a nice new ipod to play with when they arrive. I think I might just get hold of a cheap CRT - I think my freind might have a spare one in a cupboard... HAH. Thanks for all the advice. I am sure I will have more questions when its all up and running. Andy.