I've done a cursory search of the dreaded "Mac or PC" question, and have found some good, helpful info. I was all set to pull the trigger this weekend on a brand spanking new 27" iMac (w/ Intel i7 processor, 4GB RAM & 1TB HD), when I happened upon this weeks ads. Lo and behold, there's a shiny new HP desktop w/ an i7-860, 8GB RAM & 1TB HD for ~$1000 ... Dang! Not quite apples-to-apples (no pun intended (well, maybe a little intended)), but still a HUGE cost delta. My experience with Mac's has been a bit up and down: back in 06 I bought my first Apple computer, a WhiteBook : the up is that I REALLY liked the OS while the down is that Ive had to replace the hard drive, the "logic board" & now the screen is flickering. Last year, I bought my daughter one of the aluminum MacBooks with the glass track pad and she seems to be happy as can be. So my experience has been less than stellar with Apple laptops. All that being said, I place a high value on OS X, I've been frustrated with the Windows XP "challenges" and now am wading through the following pro's and con's (Two items of note: There is nothing I do that requires a 27" screen and I plan to keep the next desktop for at least 5 years (currently using a lovely '02 vintage Dell that has not had any HW related issues)): iMac +++ OS X (no bloatware, limited-to-non-existent viruses, spyware, etc.) ++ Packaged S/W and utilities (iLife, Time Machine, etc.) + Pretty ++ Stunning monitor / display - Upgrades are limited (memory only) --- Expensive $2,199 : 27" i7 $ 169 : AppleCare $ 80 : Fusion or Parallel $ 110 : Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade (some of my required applications are Windows only) $ 110 : Office for Mac ---------- $2,668 HP + Windows 7 (decent reviews) ++ Can upgrade most components: keeps computer relevant +++ Inexpensive $1,000 : i7 w/ 23" monitor $ 200 : internet security product (5 years @ $40 per) $ 130 : Photoshop & Premier (video & photo editing & mgt) $ 380 : 27" monitor (not as good as iMac, but good enough for my purposes) --------- $1,710 --- Hassles with OS (based on previous experience) - Bloatware / cr*pware - Virus / adware / spyware So ... am I missing anything obvious in the + or - category in this debate? Does it really boil down to the "Mac" experience will cost me almost a thousand bucks? Thanks for your help!