Hi all, After growing up with PC's and Windows, I'm planning to switch to Mac . I've always thought about it, but there was always something that would deter me. Now that Mac's use Intel chips and have bootcamp (and also now I've started my career), my worries are eased and I'm more willing to experiment and replace my desktop in the process. I'm not a PC gamer, and haven't been for a while as I bought a Xbox360 for that purpose. I do however, enjoy recording and producing music on my computer currently. I also do some light graphics work and at some point, I will probably start to learn how to process RAW photographs as well as editing movies. Other than that, it'll be used for surfing the net, email, MSN etc. I've pretty much decided that I will either get a Blackbook or a bottom-end Macbook Pro. Either way, I will upgrade the RAM to 4GB and depending on which one, I will also change out the hard drive for a bigger, faster drive. I heard that doing this in the MBP voids the warranty, so I guess thats out of the question. Screen size is not that big of an issue. When I'm home, I will plug it into my Dell 20" monitor. The only time it'll probably become an issue is when I do some mobile recording. That said, the following questions arise that I'm not too sure about: Does the dedicated graphics card make that much of a difference given that I won't be playing games? I'll probably be using either Cubase or Logic for recording. I need 1680x1050 for my external monitor if that makes a difference. Can the MacBook handle recording with Cubase or Logic? I usually recording 1 track at a time, but would like to be able to record more at once. I also usually run a couple inserts per track as well as a couple VST instruments. On my computer, when I'm running Cubase with 8 tracks (4 of them with Guitar Rig as inserts, compressors/delays for vocals,Stylus RMX and Hypersonic for VST instruments), my CPU(Athlon64 3800+) sits at about 90% and the playout starts crackling. Can anyone please offer some insight as to which one I should get? Obviously I want to save a little, but if the Macbook isn't powerful enough then I will get a MBP. Any help is appreciated.