Everyone's panicking about the move to Intel. Your PowerPC Mac is not obsolete yet. First off, you have at least a year to save up for a new machine. Secondly, PPC will still be supported, even though it might be limited.* Some thoughts: Your PPC machine will still be able to run new apps for quite some time. Mid-2006 doesn't mean your machine will be instantly dead. If you buy a new machine and keep your PPC machine, you will likely be able to use it as an Xgrid node (gigabit ethernet machines). That way, even if you no longer use it as your primary machine, the PPC and Altivec chips are still working for you. Your old machine can easily be a file, mail, or web server. My PMG5 is my primary machine and a pretty decent webserver as well. There are people out there still using 68k machines for tasks, and they're incredibly out of date. Think different and use your machine for something else, even if it means eventually making the machine single-purpose, like a file server or an iTunes jukebox. Teach your "old" Mac new tricks and extend its usefulness. *Third party developers could just drop PPC, but if they're using Xcode, it's likely that the production of fat binaries will last quite a while.