I am contemplating making the switch. Yeah, from the Windows world to the Mac world. I'll briefly explain my reasons, and some considerations - and then if you have any input or suggestions, I welcome them. Unlike some who probably make the switch, I have never really had problems with security or viruses. In fact, I can't really recall ever having a problem related to that; I think I may have had one virus a bit over five years ago, but it wasn't bad. I've never had major problems with the Windows Operating System, though I've had my share of difficulties (often with hardware or networking). I've never really had issues because I take reasonable preventive measure, am reasonably aware of the dangers, and reasonably intelligent. However, a lot of time and effort has gone into ensuring my system runs (relatively) reliably and precisely the way I want it. And sometimes Windows is just too frustrating when you want it to do something. And that's the primary reason I'm considering a Mac - I want to spend less time fiddling with the computer and more time doing stuff with the computer (setting up a network is a different in Windows than a Mac, for instance). The switch might be a tad difficult. The last Mac I've really used was the Mac SE. I am what I would consider a power-user...I'm very familiar with Windows (and to a lesser extent, Linux); many things, from keyboard shortcuts to networking, do not really require conscious thought - they are muscle memory. lol But I expect, after a fair amount of research, I will have no trouble with the switch...I even sort-of look forward to it. So, real quick I'm going to tell you what I intend to use my Mac for, what I am considering buying, and then hopefully you guys will weigh-in with your experience and recommendations. My needs are fairly simple. I intend to use the computer for digital imaging. I am contemplating video editing and music editing down the line, depending on several factors. Additionally, I intend to tie-in the computer to a home entertainment center, wirelessly. I like wireless, so I intend on making as much as possible wireless...printers, scanners, etc. Also, I do a moderate amount of web design, and a great deal of productivity work - some for myself, some for the Army - as well as a lot of anti-productivity work - such as e-mail, IM, and blogging. I won't be getting rid of my PC, so the switch won't be 100%...that's just a matter of practicality (though I would like to find a way to allow my PC to access the Internet through a Mac without the cable company noticing a second computer and charging an arm-and-a-limb for a computer that will just have to access it for work and web design testing). Also, at an undetermined point in the future, I would like to take a Mac Mini and turn it into a car-puter, with a touch-screen monitor for audio, video, navigation, and vehicle diagnostics (but that's way down the road). Anyway, I like cutting-edge, but the Army doesn't pay enough for that, so I have to use moderation in purchasing a computer. I can get a discount for being a federal employee, or as a student...both discounts seem small to me (not even $300 for the student discount; can one combine discounts?). So, after looking around a bit, here is what I was contemplating, as well as some points I would like input on... +PowerMac. Keeping things cheap, I thought about the single processor model. Is there any real advantage to having a dual processor for what I wish to use it for? (all my software will be the most current...just don't ask where it came from lol) +500GB HD...I'm a little disappointed Apple tops-out at 500 GB of internal storage. Prior to considering Apple, I was contemplating a setup with 1.2TB of internal storage. Maybe this will be enough...or more than I realize. +1GB RAM. I must say, Apple RAM is expensive. I realize aftermarket RAM can be bought a little cheaper, and some brands are reasonably reliable (Crucial, maybe). I would love 4GB of RAM, but would that be wasting money? I realize many feel there's no such thing as too much RAM, but from a practical stand-point, there has to be a point at which there's no added benefit. +Monitor. The price for a Cinema Display is ridiculous. I'll use what I have on hand. lol +AE/BT - A given. So...my biggest curiousities are RAM and processors. Help??