Hello, I just joined Macrumors after years of benefitting from it. Here's my situation. I own 2 macs, My 1st mac is a Power Mac G4, Power PC, Dual 1 Ghz, ‘Quicksilver’. I bought it in 2001, it’s noisy as hell from day 1, but it’s a tank and still running strong with no major problems. Incredible. My 2nd mac is a used Power Mac G5 Quad, PowerMac11,2, PowerPC G5. I bought it used in 2009 and it has performed fairly well, but not as beautifully as my first one. I use applications like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro(older versions) and music software such as Reason 4. I have noticed a significant decline in performance of my G5 in the last 12 months. Internet speed has appeared to slow down using both Safari 4.0.2 and/or Firefox 3.5.5. The known issues with Flash plugins still crashes Safari on me at least once or twice daily, but I can live with that. Also with my G5, after it’s been on for several hours, it sometimes won’t turn off when I shut down and I quite often have to ‘force quit’ by holding the power button. I run OS 10.5.8 and will not upgrade any further beyond that because I believe it will cause problems with a lot of my software(being older versions and then having to download updates which in turn, may not run so well). I attribute most of these issues to ‘age’ and me being stubborn not wanting to constantly upgrade my software. I don’t work in any particular industry that requires top-of-the-line hardware or software, but I enjoy having the power of the Mac Pro line. Anyway, here’s where I’m at. I’ve been really thinking about buying a new Mac but uncertain whether I should buy a top of the line iMac or the basic Mac Pro. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and my gut feeling is that I’d be happier with a Mac Pro since that’s what I’m used to. My Father and brother both have new iMacs. My father loves his iMac but he hardly tasks the processor because he just uses the internet and doesn’t run any major software, so any basic mac would suffice. However, my brother has the basic 27” iMac and he runs music software like Reason 5 and Logic(don’t know which version). He claims it has caused him lots of headaches like loud fan or HD noises, problems burning CDs, and system freezes. I take all of that with a big grain of salt because my brother complains about everything, but I have read that there have been some problems with brand new iMacs that others have bought. So, my biggest complaint about both of my macs has always been THE NOISE! They run like engines. Also, I’m aware that my 2 old macs are ‘PowerMacs’ and are pre-INTEL. I’ve heard that I should hold on to them and not get rid of them, which I wouldn’t do anyway. Based on what I’ve mentioned my personal uses are, does anyone think I would have any problems with just buying a basic Mac Pro Quad-Core for $2,599?