Greetings. I currently own two PCs. I have a 9 year old (I think) Dell Dimension 8300 with Linux installed (Xubuntu 11.04) and for the longest time, i used Windows XP on it but as it got older it became more unstable. To the point where i had to install some flavor of Linux on it as Windows always blue-screened even after several reinstalls. Eventually i began to look for a new PC. Being a happy owner of two iPod touches (2G and 4G) and an iPad (the first) i decided that a Mac was the most obvious upgrade for my computer. I ended up buying an HP Pavillion p6710f. I originally wanted a Mac Mini but i was convinced by several family members that an HP computer (with Windows 7) was faster and more useful than a Mac Mini. I regretted that decision as i found myself calling tech support for the first time in just a month of using that computer. The Wi-Fi didnt work. After several calls and several Wi-Fi card replacements, i had to fix it myself. The tech support in neither of the calls ever told me that there is a cable that hooks onto the card. I had to look for pictures of the motherboard and i realized the problem and fixed it myself. Now my family has offered to help pay for half of a Mac of my choice (Within reason, we're not rich) since i'm just a college student. They know i'm a fan of Apple, hence the offer. I honestly have no need for such a computer other than "I want a Mac". I have some extra cash to spend and my family's offer is too kind. But i question my sanity, do i really need another computer? I decided on a 13' Macbook Pro as i already have several desktop computers. It would be helpful if i took it to college (But i wont. That shiny Apple logo attracts thieves). My computer needs are: YouTube, Twitter, Web Surfing, casual gaming (Not much of a gamer), writing essays, iTunes (for iOS devices), instant messaging, light photo editing, video chatting. A Macbook Pro might be overkill for these needs, but i don't like the idea of buying something underpowered when i don't have to. Again, i have no need for such a computer as i can already do these on the HP computer. The question is: Should i accept the offer? I've wanted a Mac for so long but i'm confused. I dont really need one but i want one so bad. I'm in the process of realizing they're just computers and i'm trying to justify such an expense. I think Macs are beautiful, the OS is extremely slick and fancy and i like that kind of thing. I like workspaces from Linux and obviously OS X has that. I think Mac applications tend to look just as beautiful other than Windows/Linux boring box like applications. I've wanted a Mac for a long long time. What do you think? Would you accept the offer? What Mac would you buy? Or rather what computer would you buy if not a Mac?