Right, first things first. First post! I have been browsing for a while, but the time has come now to make up my mind and buy a Mac Since April , i have been saving for initially, a Pc(custom built , quad core) But since then , I have switched to wanting a mac.This is for many reasons , including i am fed up of windows and its many viruses etc. Basically because I am wanting to study and be a graphic designer/photographer. So the industry i wish to go in is Mac driven. However I don't know which machine is for me, people have told me the 24" iMac or the mac pro(Monitor is ok, got one) . I will be using the machine for Photoshop Illustrator Football Manager Age Of Empires 3/4 Msn Safari iTunes/Winamp All at the same time, bar PS/IL. So lets discuss the first option. **Also, I can get the Mac -17.5% so thats why the prices are cheaper.** The machine ideally will last me 5 years( the end of University) So this is what has drawn me to the Pro. Mac Pro Brilliant machine, will obviously serve my purposes well, and last 5 years. It is also upgradeable , something the iMac isn't. Which gives it another advantage over the iMac. This will obviously prolong the machines life span. iMac Lovely machine none the less, looks great. But I just can't help but think that it won't last 5 years. I can see my self wanting something much greater than this(mac pro!) in the future. The price is obviously a massive factor, so for a Mac Pro this is the price you are looking at ( Bar monitor as I have one(samsung hd tv 22" !) 2 x 2.8ghz.( i am only considering this for prolonging the machine, and also its resale value) Subtotal £1,611 * Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon * 2GB (2x1GB) * 320GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s * NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB * One 16x SuperDrive * Apple Mighty Mouse * Keyboard (British) & User’s Guide (English) * iWork '08 preinstalled 1x 2.8ghz. £1,339 * One 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon * 2GB (2x1GB) * 320GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s * NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB * One 16x SuperDrive * Apple Mighty Mouse * Keyboard (British) & User’s Guide (English) * iWork '08 preinstalled iMac I would require a 24" model, and would go for the 2.8ghz. £1,280.01 * 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo * 4 GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM - 2x2 GB * 750GB Serial ATA Drive * NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS w/512MB GDDR3 * Apple Mighty Mouse * Keyboard (British) & User’s Guide (English) * iWork '08 preinstalled So from that, the difference is £400( from the least to the most) For £100 or so more(bar more ram for the Pro(get it later) you get a Quad processor etc. What would you guys reccomend? need some help!