Hello, I have read various threads about iMac vs mac pro and I need to make a decision about what type of Mac (or non-Mac) to get as soon as possible, so any help would be greatly appreciated. I do extensive video editing with Final Cut Studio and am moving on to it professionally I deal mainly with HDV and also intend on using Motion and Color extensively. Also would like to start burning with an external Blu-Ray drive. Some projects I work on are over an hour long. I would like to build my own machine, but am hesitant about the risks involved. I have a lot of work to get caught up so I want to make a decision by the end of the week. I was hoping to spend no more than $1600, but have decided to expand my options a little. Maximum now is around $2500, but less is better. These are my current options and what I see as the pros and cons for each as well as some questions: 1.) 24" Imac 3.06 GhZ, 4 GB ram I was going to purchase this today but decided today to do some research before I shell the money out. I'm glad I did. I was reading about the problems with color correction due to the glossy screen. This has made me very hesitant about getting this. I am very fussy with color correction and this is a big concern for me. My plan was to get this computer, use it for the work I need to finish up for a month or two and then resell it and get something better. I would purchase it with the education discount. Is getting the Apple Protection Plan worthwhile as far as resale value? What are the chances that I could resell (I would be happy selling it for $1800+). 2.) Refurbished Mac Pro Between these two: http://store.apple.com/us/product/FB052LL/A#overview http://store.apple.com/us/product/FA356LL/A#overview I've read the recommendations about getting a refurbished Mac Pro and considering the difference between the price of the Imac and these are negligible, I may prefer to get a refurbished Mac Pro. I could get a monitor cheaply and would probably upgrade the RAM to at least 4 GB per now. What kind of RAM would I need and where would I get it? How much should I expect to pay total for a RAM upgrade and a decent display? Would upgrading the RAM myself void the one year warrant and should that be a concern? 3) Hackintosh This is the most attractive option for me as far price and flexibility. But I have never built a computer before (but I know plenty of people that could help me). I like the idea of having my own machine customized the way I want. Problem is that I know that this is a very risky move. I have read many tutorials on this and time is also a factor. I suppose it would take about a week to get all of the parts, but am still considering it. Entire machine would probably cost around $1500. I want to do this but don't wish to waste the time if it's not going to work properly. I'm worried about what I would do if it it doesn't boot up. Maybe it isn't the right time to do this yet. 4) OSX on prebuilt PC (Alternative to Option 3) I saw a Gateway PC at a store the other day for $999 (it comes with a very nice 24" display). This is it: http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/gateway-dx4710-ub301a/4505-3118_7-33234547.html specs: Intel Core 2 Quad QX6700 / 2.66 GHz 6 GB DDR II SDRAM Would I be able to get Mac OSX and Final Cut Studio running on this machine at all (or one similar to it)? If so, would it everything run smoothly? (I've read that Final Cut can't run on Integrated graphics, I would be willing to get a better Video card if it's necessary). If anyone knows any desktops that I could get Final Cut running on, please let me know. Anyway, time and price are the most important factors, but if option 3 or 4 could work well, I may be willing to spend an extra week to get these together. This is starting to stress me out. I'm trying to be very careful with this decision. I appreciate any feedback. Thank you.