First, I want to say that after years of looking on this site for advice, I decided I would actually register and ask a question myself! Thanks for letting me be part of this odd (I mean that kindly) little community. So, here's the decision: Let's say my budget is $1200 ($1500 if you put a gun to my head) and I'm choosing between: The Refurb core 2 duo 27" imac @ $1279 (with 1TB hard Drive) Pros: The Screen Size I really want 1TB Hard Drive Could also double as a monitor (4 years from now when I hook it up to my i7 mac mini or whatever) Cons: Core 2 Duo Resale value if I decide to sell in the next 18 months? AND The New i3 21.5" imac @ $1149 (with Student discount + Free iPod) Pros: Latest and Greatest Technology; well, not greatest. It's an i3, not an i5 or i7 10% or something faster than Core 2 Duo? Easier to move from one room of a house to another (20lbs vs. 30lbs, not to mention the dimensions) Faster Ram? Cheaper by $130 Free iPod Cons: 500MB Hard Drive Smaller Screen Than wanted Don't want a free 8gb ipod touch, and resale value on them is weak ($120); What I want is to buy a real genuine 4th generation ipod touch with a built in camera (or two), retina display, and a better processor. (Hence, the other $200-300 for my September October Budget. Please give any advice you have, and feel free to add to my Pros and Cons list. PLEASE focus on the compare and contrast between these two machines that I have outlined. I have read a fair amount of threads that say not to buy core 2 duo, but I'd like to understand in realworld terms for the next 1-3 years why having a 3.06ghz core 2 duo would be so depressing, and why an i3 (we're still talking 2 cores!) would be so enlightening. Note: I am open to advice along the lines of "You idiot! Buy the refurb imac core i5 for $1529. Buying a Core 2 Duo is a huge waste of money!" or "Hey dude, just buy the refurb 21.5" for $929; the 9400m isn't that bad." But if you are going to argue for one of these alternate iMacs and stray from my specific dilemma, please substantiate the advice. A little bit about me in order of importance: I am first and foremost a musician (Garageband, etc). Secondly, I'm a general computer user / student who likes to have A LOT of stuff open A LOT of the time (38 safari windows, itunes, word, garageband, quicktime with 11 movies open, etc. etc.) Third, about 10% of the time, I'm also a video guy. Even If I'm not working on a final cut express project, I'm compressing videos, or doing something of that nature. I'm pretty sure I'm going to want 8 gigs of RAM living on this iMac at some point because of how much I like to do at one time (4 is adequate but not ideal). Why the screen size is so important? Because at the end of the day, I rotate my iMac around and watch TV/Movies. I've owned the 20" imac and the 24" imac and sold them both for 5-10% less than I purchased them for. Both were more square than the newer models. The 20" was adequate for work, mediocre for watching TV (10-15' away). The 24" was pretty cool. All are good for actual computer work, but I figured the 27" would be a blast for watching movies on AND, whenever I was doing video work it would be all the more enjoyable. Now, I have thought... Why not buy a $1149 21.5" imac and a 32" $350 lcd tv? That's a possibility. But that would be $1500, and the cheaper 32" lcd tvs aren't even 1080 these days... they're 720. And, again, at that $1500 point you might just be telling me to go with the 27" core i5. Thanks. Again, I've never done this before. Who knows if this will be one of those posts with 0 replies, or one that actually picks up some heat.