Hi guys I've had windows PCs all my life, but my current one is getting slower and slower (and noisier!) - it's an AMD Athlon 1800 (single core... before dual cores were invented lol), with 1Gb of ram and a few hard drives. I run two 19" widescreen monitors from it. I've been on disability benefit here in the UK for the last 14 years because of my epilepsy (I used to be a financial advisor beforehand), but I finally got sick of not being able to earn my own money, so I'm in the process of turning my sculpting and painting hobby (1/6 figures) into a business! And I've just signed off benefit a couple of months ago and am now self employed. yay me! (heres an example of what I do) Anyway.... I was initially going to replace my old XP box with a new Windows 7 machine using the £500 GBP I have available, but I've just managed to up my budget to £700 (but not a penny more!! lol) - so I figured I'd have a look around at macs... which i've ALWAYS wanted. in the last two days using ebay and this forum i've learnt a LOT about the history of mac machines, whats available, what OS's they run etc... but I'm still a massive noob. I could get a 24" iMac. core 2 duo up to 3Ghz, 250 HDD, 4Gb RAM or Intel Mac Mini, 2.53Ghz, 320 HDD, 4Gb RAM or (just about) a Mac Pro two dual core 2.0 Ghz, 160 Gb HDD< 2 Gb RAM or Power Mac, Power PC G5 Dual core 2.7 Ghz, 1 Tb, 8 Gb RAM now I'm aware I may have some of those processor speeds or other numbers slightly wrong, but thats roughly what I remember what my hunting. I have two monitors, so the mini, pro or PM would work straight away for me, or I could go with the iMac and sell one of my screens. My difficulty comes in choosing what would be the best option. (I don't often come into money so this is THE time if I'm gonna move over to mac) my wife is worried about the imac having its own screen that could fail making it more of a loss if it died, are they replaceable? and I'm aware that the pro, PM are more upgradable, and that the PM only goes up to leopard. Also that pretty much any of them would be a bazillion times better than what I have now I use my PC for surfing, photo editing, a little video editing (with some HD now from a pocket camcorder than my comp can't even play), blogging... usual stuff. I'm aware that any would probably do.. but im curious about things like... if I went with the powermac.. how frustrating would it be being stuck on leopard? are there things in snow leopard or Lion that would frustrate me not being able to get? how long do you think a mini or imac would last before they became unusable, with them being so limited in upgrade parts. I wish I could add more money to it and get a more powerful Pro, what you get for the money seems less than you can get on the iMac or even mini sometimes... but I guess yo'ure paying for upgradability? ANY wise words of wisdom from you mac users/buyers would be massively welcome. I'd like to get this sorted within a couple of weeks... but I kind of get panicky that whatever choice I make would be the wrong one lol Be fabulous and give me some pros & cons.... cheers!!!