OK...I was scrolling around on a couple of computer parts websites that I like (newegg and a couple of lesser-known ones that are not yet distrubuting nationally), looking for possible hardware upgrades I might want to do to my PC at home, which is over a year old now, before HL2 and Doom 3 and Sims 2 and STALKER are released this summer/fall. At least two of these games will be holding alot of my attention upon arrival, and I'm concerned that my 9600 Pro 128, even though it overclocks well (and i pretty much always run it a little OCed), isn't going to give me D3 performance that I want. I can run far cry quite well, and it's pretty much the most intensive thing out there right now, but honestly, i could stand to see a higher resolution/settings combo and still have a good frame rate. I want, ideally, 1024 with all settings maxed out and 4xfsaa, or 1280 with full settings and no fsaa (or little). the 9600 just can't really handle that. So anyway, on to my reason for complaining. The dual processor 1.8 G5 that i'm typing on right now has a 5200U with only 64mb or vram in it. That was annoying when we bought this machine last year, and it is even more annoying right now, because the "next" G5 2.0 has the same underpowered card. How underpowered is it, really? I'll let the newegg price explain it for me: $52 - ChainTech nVidia 5200U 128MB retail box (comes with a couple of last year's games (this year's Mac games!)) 50 bucks. seriously. i'd imagine apple gets theirs complete with ADC port for 40 dollars each or less. upgrading to the 9600XT for 50 dollars should be like a kick in the butt of everything. If you buy a new G5 and don't upgrade the graphics card at least to the 9600, you have issues. I wonder if it is actually clocked at 500/600 like the PC version of the XT is...apple under-clocked the 9800 pro in the last generation and didn't bother to mention it... another example? The brand new G5s come with an 8x superdrive (DVD+-RW outside the mac world) This is apparently only a single-layer burner... today on newegg: $85 - NEC 8x dual-layer DVD+/-RW black OEM drive. I guess I'm just annoyed because we're supposed to be using the best stuff around, and it is really just cut corners and raised prices. the G5 case itself is obviously expensive. The power supply is excellent. the processors are great. the system bus is top-notch. all of these things tend to be harder to quickly change out with newer, cheaper, faster versions of themselves. keeping up with the latest graphics cards should be easy. keeping up with the latest optical drives and hard drives should also be simple. why does apple charge a 500 dollar "upgrade" charge to turn a single 80gb ($75 individual consumer cost price) hard drive into 2 250gb drives that would cost under 200 dollars each if i bought them today on newegg (not to mention the 75 dollars they save on the 80gb drive.) that's a 200 dollar rip-off just for the HDD. it's even worse if you want to upgrade just one HDD (200 dollars at apple to go from single 80 to single 250). the invariable response to complaints like mine is "apple has to make money somehow"....well, apple makes a higher percentage gain in profits than just about any other computer company. while that may be good for steve jobs' wallet, i somehow don't think we'll see all of that money re-distributed into new technology (except maybe a new stupid ipod or something else useless for most of us and equally bloat-priced). I'm sorry, i just had to complain for a minute because i was so annoyed by how cheap some of the parts in my 2500 dollar computer are compared to the parts in my older, 700 dollar computer. that is all. feel free to ignore me.