Hi I'll preface this with an apology incase there have recently been any threads about this exact topic. Also for any newbie mistakes that I might make (OMGLOL FIRST POST!) I am looking into getting a G5, but I have no idea whether or not I should try to stretch my budget to get a dual 2 instead of dual 1.8. I am in my first year of art school and I will be doing a lot of video editing and sound work over the next 4 or 5 years. I have also just learned that I will be working for a family friend over the next few months making a documentary sort of thing. As well as doing fairly intensive video work I will dabble in Maya (hooray for the learning edition!), do a LOT of photoshop/illustrator work, and some web design on the side. My questions are; will I really miss the pci-x and the ability to expand to 8GB of ram? and if I decide to get it without the superdrive, can I buy a cheap-o dvd-r drive elsewhere and install it some time in the future? i am either looking at: Dual 1.8GHz PowerPC G5 256MB DDR400 SDRAM (PC3200) - 2x128 80GB Serial ATA - 7200rpm ATI Radeon 9600 XT w/128MB DDR SDRAM AirPort Extreme Card Combo (CD-RW/DVD-ROM) Apple Keyboard & Apple Mouse - U.S. English Mac OS X - U.S. English at $2295 (Canadian, with student descount) or Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5 512MB DDR400 SDRAM (PC3200) - 2x256 160GB Serial ATA - 7200rpm NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra w/64MB DDR SDRAM Combo (CD-RW/DVD-ROM) Apple Keyboard & Apple Mouse - U.S. English Mac OS X - U.S. English at $2745 (also Canadian, also student discount) Keep in mind I would be upgrading RAM and storage elsewhere and in the case of the dual 2 I would be getting a better vid. card when I could afford it. I am trying to get the most bang for my very limited buck, so I need some advice as to what would best suit my needs as well as my bank account. Oh! Also, if I buy the production suite will I be able to install it on my powerbook without violating any TOS or EULA agreements? or can I pay a (hopefully small) fee to allow this? Thanks for your help! It is much appreciated!