My main job function is a webmaster, but I also handle any video projects for the company I work for. DV editing is also a hobby that I've been enjoying for the past 5+ years. This past year I got to produce an hour-long tribute video that featured lots of special effects, etc. that is leading to more and more video requests. It's time to upgrade my machine and now I'm looking for advice. My current workstation is a 3-yr old quad-core Dell 690, Win XP, 4 GB RAM, 2 x Nvidia Quadro 4500 cards, 2 x 24" monitors, plus a Matrox RT.X2 card with preview monitor. I do all my editing in Premiere and AE CS3. I also preform all of my normal work functions on it - internet, email, network, proprietary apps, etc. This machine has caused me nothing but problems from the moment it was set up. It takes 20 minutes to boot up and can barely run MS Office apps at this point, let alone basic Adobe design apps. I don't have any video projects at the moment, but I couldn't run Premiere or AE for a few minutes without locking up these days. Hence, the need for a new machine. The company I work for is strictly PC, but they recognize my special needs and are open to getting me a mac. My last machine cost $10K, but in these economic times, I can't see them wanting to spend more than $6K this time around (software aside). Couple this with the fact that I haven't used a mac since I last owned one back in '99 which ran on OS 8.1. I also work in a design department with 6 other users, all sharing files (everything but video) with me and all using PCs. I've been to the past few NAB conferences and have noticed a big difference when instructors were teaching on Mac Book Pros and laptop PCs. Now that my machine is running so horribly that I can barely carry out basic functions, we're meeting in the next few days to come up with a plan. My options are go with the latest Dell, which may end up giving me as many problems as my last machine, or go Mac. NO ONE at our help desk is trained to support mac, but they are eager to learn, plus no one really knew how to support my video needs on PC anyway. I also have to figure in the fact that I could work on projects at home on my laptop PC and use the free backup license for the CS3 suite as well. I'm really not sure what to do at this point. Sorry for the long-winded post, but if anyone's had a similar experience in the past, please reply. I'm eager to do more in the industry, so I'm fine with overcoming immediate obstacles for a better long term solution. Also, I've never learned FCP before but I'm pretty good with Premiere. If I went Mac I would just go to a few days of FCP training at NAB. Thanks for any suggestions.