I can't suppress my dissapointment any longer. I love OS X but even with my fully upgraded iMac I'm seeing the 'spinning Beach-ball' quite often. For example when loading iPhoto, or when just trying to load apps in general. A friend of mine has a G4 cube (450MHz-1.5gb-120gb os x)and I don't recall ever seeing the beach-ball while waiting for iPhoto etc to load on her machine. Am I just being paranoid? Is there something I can do to improve the performance of my machine or is this the norm for the iMac? I'm not whining just for the sake of it-I really was expecting more, especially considering what the system has cost. The specs of my iMac are in my sig. I was thinking maybe I should reinstall the OS or something but I've just put 9Gig of tunes on and all my photos and i don't have a backup drive Any advice you guys can offer would really be appreciated!!!