I picked up a 17" iMac last week that was essentially DOA. I got my money back and have returned the unit. However, I did like the Mac for the brief period that I got to use it. I find myself in a real quandary, and as an IT professional *wanting* to buy a Mac, Apple sure is making it hard on me! The iMac fits a niche that I think really suits me, yet the machine is (by all accounts) horribly overpriced and underpowered. My options: 1. Don't need/want a laptop. No iBook or PB. 2. eMacs use CRTs. I haven't used a CRT in years. I have no desire to go backwards in my computing experience. 3. iMacs are way overpriced for a 1.25 Ghz machine and showing their age. The oft-believed iMac update at the WWDC didn't happen. If there was an iMac update that made these even slightly more cost-effective I'd be all over them. 4. The Power Mac is way more computing power then I need. Here I am, wanting to buy an Apple computer and it seems like Apple's gone out of their way to create this computing void between "budget/entry level" and the "power user." What should I be buying? I suppose a Power Mac is an option but that's a lot of cash for just a CPU that I wouldn't be taxing with any great processing. However I would be "future proof" for a fair bit with the G5. The downside is that I have to use my own display; I enjoyed the "sexy" iMac display. Purchasing an Apple display pushes me in the $2500 range; far more than I want to spend. The prudent move would be waiting I suppose for news on a new iMac. (Then waiting for them to make it and ship it.) I just find it funny that I have money in my pocket to spend and Apple doesn't have anything that suits my needs. It boggles my mind that there is this void in their product line.