Hi yes my name is Cody long time reader, first time poster. Hah, neways yeah I have been a pc guy since pretty much the dawn of time and have been reading a lot of stuff about mac 10.4 and even leopard, and being that my pc is on its last leg, I decided its time to switch. Since I am new to this world I had a lot of questions. First off, should I wait a while and save money for a core 2.0 duo, or just get the refurbished core duo? Will both of these be good for leopard when it drops? I also wanted to know what my choices are as far as media center software goes. Of course I have read about Front Row but I have heard it has its problems, mainly with not supporting many video file types. Below is a list of things I will be using the computer for and maybe you can give me some feedback. - using an external hard drive to rip dvds and tv show season dvds (any suggestions on software) - watching hdtv (any suggestions, have read a few good solutions) - surfing the web/email/check stocks (i just bought 10 shares of apple) - possibly building a website - light video games (counterstrike mostly, maybe source) - outputing to a 30" dell display via dvi (have read many people frustrated with getting the resolution right), or even a larger lcd screen with dvi or vga (can i do it with vga?) that's all I can think of right now, I am a college student and money is kind of an object orthwise I would grab a mbp right away. Plus i love the portability of the macbook. any suggestions, testimonies, or anything related to macs would be greatly appreciated. Any photos of macbooks hooked up to displays would be appreciated also as it is hard to sift through the 90 some odd pages of the 'setups gallery'. Thanks in advanced for replies, and thanks macrumors for supplying all of these great forums and articles.