I've been lurking in this forum for about a month now, reading up on everything I need to know about Macs (PC gal my whole life)! Finally decided on a 20" iMac, and desperately wanted to wait to snag the latest and greatest that's supposed to be released ... but time is ticking, and I need to switch over in time to take on a graphic design contract. ANYWAY, I've been tossing and turning 2 versions of the iMac around for the past few weeks. I will be using this computer for graphic design contract work, as well as for personal use. The main programs I use are all the standard graphic design programs (Adobe CS2, and Macromedia suite). I like having Photoshop (or Illustrator), Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Firefox, iTunes all running at the same time. I'm currently on a crappy Seanix PC laptop, and I can barely have Photoshop and iTunes running at the same time without my computer freezing on me. I would also love for my new iMac to last me 4-6 yrs, since it's quite an investment. I've read a lot of great advice in this forum, so hopefully some of you can help me decide between these 2 machines, or a variation (I do qualify for the education discount): 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 3GB RAM 250GB HD ATI Radeon X1600/128MB VRAM Wireless keyboard/MM AppleCare = $2573 Canadian or 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM 250GB HD ATI Radeon X1600/256MB VRAM Wireless keyboard/MM AppleCare = $2354 Canadian I plan on getting CS3/Leopard and all that good stuff for Mac, but until it gets released, I want to use CS2 in Windows through Bootcamp or Parallels (I think those are the programs). Bad idea? Sorry for the long post, but I really want to make sure I'm getting the most "bang for my buck." Man I love that saying.