Or how long can I keep this machine running? After reading jne381's thread about an aging power mac, I thought of my own situation. My desktop is currently a dual G4 500, with 1.38 GB of ram, two internal 80 gig drives and an external 160 gig raid1 array. Displays are 2x dell 19" LCDs and 1x 24". see: Now. This machine is, well, old. I had to hack the CoreGraphics.framework Configuration.plist just to get QE to work (just try to use a machine with 1280x1024 + 1900x1200 + 1280x1024 resolution without QuartzExtreme, I dare ya!). With QE forced, graphics garble and apple DVD player is unusable (hooray for vlc). It won't sleep (usb2+fw card, 2nd video card). It is not as stable as it was in 10.3.9, but 10.4 has better raid support so I'm stuck there. It will also spontaneously crash, though that usually a once a month issue, if that. (Much less that that I have stopped using EyeTV). I also have a rev. D 15" 1.5ghz G4 w/ 1 GB of ram. Now, on to my question. Do I... Wait for a mac pro and snag it this fall when my aid comes in (grad student, don't ask about the displays - I don't have a TV). Reorg my desk area and sit the desktop off to the side with 2x 19's and hook up the powerbook to the 24", and possibly get a macbook pro instead of a desktop? I suppose I ultimately don't -need- all 3 displays on one machine. I'd hate a desktop with a single 19", though. I use web browsers (lots and lots of them), statistics software (spss, sas, big windows are a must), and of course watch movies (again, no tv. I have been using VLC in place of apple dvd player). As I do as much work on the go as at home (or will when the semester begins), the laptop is the main work machine usually, though I previously kept my masters thesis files on a usb drive and swapped between them when I wanted more real estate. It would be nice to rip out the pci cards in the desktop so it would sleep again... (grrr). There is a gaming pc in the mix as well, which currently pushes the 24", but it can be safely ignored for this discussion. Any comments/suggestions?