Ok, Long story short, my Alienware Laptop ($3700) died after only a year and a half of use. I live in China, so I can't send it back to Florida to get fixed any time soon. I'm getting sick of this whole "PC" business. My nextdoor neighbor, a mac owner for a long time, has introduced me to the world of macs, and so far I'm fairly convinced that I should invest in one. But I want some other opinions. He has a Rev A 15" powerbook, which I have played with for a few minutes at a time. I was impressed that it was a year old and it seemed pretty responsive. I'm used to a 3.0 ghz "desktop replacement" model. The fact that I couldn't put my old Alienware on my actual lap never really entered my mind until he set his nice shiney PB on my lap. It was light, thin, and worked great. But I still have some questions in my mind. How long will the current PB line last? I mean, I've been reading about the Dual Core and G5 for weeks now. I guess I should rather say months. I am planning to wait until MSWF, but if they don't release anything to impressive, what should I do? I don't want to be without a laptop any longer. It's been 3 months now since my laptop died and I've been stuck with my wife's 12" Averatec "Poodle" laptop. I say poodle because it's so small that my fingers get cramped when I type a lot. (Like now) How long will the current PB line be "gaming worthy." Are they gaming worthy now? I am a total game freak, but since my Alienware died, I've lost some of my interest in the PC games. Mainly because I can't play them. But I think that once I get a mac, I'll want a few of the titles that I used to play a lot. Warcraft 3, Unreal Tourny 04, Spinter Cell, Sim City 4, and Ghost Recon. How well would say a PB 15" 1.5 with 512 Ram and the 128 V play those games? Can I expect it to perform as a PC laptop of the same specs? I'm sorry this is long. About the screen of the 15" The resolution is kind of low I think for a 15" widescreen. Will it be restricted to this screen resolution if I use an external monitor at home? On the road, i think the resolution would be okay, but at home for long periods of Movie editing, Photoshoping, Web develepment, and Garagebanding, I think I'd want a little more screen room. My final question is, has anyone ever bought a Mac in Thailand? China prices are 15% higher than any other country, so I have a 3 week window in Thailand to buy a PB. How long does it usually take to get a upgraded PB? I'm going with the 128v, 5200RPM, and I'm NOT taking the superdrive. 2 weeks? 3 weeks? I guess I'm just writing this because my wife is sick of me mentioning it. But if anyone has any reasonable answers to my questions, I'd be grateful. Also, this forum rocks. I love reading your posts on what you think will happen in January. I'm trying to be a pessimist, but its hard. Again, sorry this is so long. It's my first post, so I gotta take a lot of space.