I am finally able to get my first iMac and am very excited about it. I've been reading the threads here for a while about an upcoming refresh and the waiting has been driving me nuts. I had my heart set on the 27" iMac with Radeon 6970 GPU, 4 gigs ram, 1 TB hard disc, core i5 3.1 CPU. I really like that this system includes a DVD drive which I would have use for. I also like the way it looks just fine. The system performance overall will blow away the PC I am used to using which is a dual core AMD CPU with a Radeon 5670 card. As far as the video goes, I know the 6970 has to push more pixels but for gaming I think I'd be okay with less than highest settings and running at 1080p when needed. I am planning to use bootcamp to play some Windows games, particularly EverQuest 2 but I also like shooters, RPGs (Skyrim, Fallout 3, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, etc.) and other games. While I do love gaming on the computer it isn't the only thing I want and use one for. I understand I could get a very powerful gaming rig from say Alienware for what this iMac will run me but it would not be a Mac and it wouldn't offer me the same user experience and software. So I am cool with games not being cranked to the max. Hell, I am currently still living with the old system I mention and a 1280 x 1024 screen. Thanks to Steamplay, it turns out I have quite a number of good games native for the Mac already which is great. I'm also a World of Warcraft fan and that is available for Mac along with the new Diablo III and Starcraft 2. I expect these games would run great on the 2011 27" iMac. I'm a big fan of Blizzard games. I'm glad they support the Mac. Anyway, part of going on about all that leads to the key thing I am worried about with the upcoming refresh (assuming there really is one soon) and that is I would expect they will upgrade the GPU. The possibility of a 7970 is a huge upgrade for gaming purposes, the ivy bridge processor wouldn't impact anything for me really other than the minor speed boost. So I am torn about waiting further or just saying the hell with it and finally getting the computer of my dreams now without further delay. The other thing is, reading about possible retina displays I wonder if that would tend to minimize the impact of the 7970 GPU performance improvement pushing so many pixels or alternatively going 1080p but I have no idea if that would look and run well. Sorry to go on so long and thanks for reading if you got this far. I am going just crazy trying to make up my mind here. I don't want to wait anymore. I want to start having fun with Garageband and learning to play piano! I'm getting a midi keyboard to go with my new toy for this purpose! I am disabled and on a limited income so I need to spend wisely and that is another reason I worry about this. In a way, I like the iMac currently as it is and have no idea if I will like a newer one as much or less, other than a GPU upgrade would be very appealing. You can wait forever for the next best thing and meantime not be using anything good, you know? And when it comes to computers you no sooner buy something then in a short time it is no longer the newest, shiniest anymore anyway. Isn't it about a year from now a major improvement in processor power is coming for example? I'd be interested in your thoughts and opinions on buy now or keep waiting given what I've said above and thank you for any advice you have to share.