Hey all, i've been following this forum for years but rarely post. However i'm planning on investing in a new computer soon. This isn't a decision I make very often - i'm not one of those people who can afford to upgrade every two years - so i want to be fully informed before I purchase and I figured i'd bounce some ideas off of you. I'm currently using a first-gen iMac G5 1.8ghz (yup) with Leopard and a 2009 Macbook Pro 13inch base model with Snow Leopard. Here is my situation: - I bought my Macbook Pro (2009) for school, and I've always intended it to be a secondary machine so I did not upgrade anything and kept it at its base specs (2.26Ghz core 2 duo, 2gb ram, 160gig hard drive, 256mb graphics card). So far it's worked wonderfully and I love the portability it offers. - I've been looking at a new iMac, I feel i'll miss the portability that my Macbook offers but I need a machine that'll last. My iMac G5 had a host of problems (sound would cut out for weeks at a time, hard drive failures, etc) over its lifetime so i was less than happy with it. However, the new iMacs really impress me with their speed and gorgeous screens. - I've been waiting for the refresh but am also considering purchasing refurbished for the savings it could offer, especially on last-gen models after the refresh My priorities are: - Future-Proofing. I keep my computers for a long time and do not do much gaming on them but when I do buy them I tend to go all-out (aside from my Macbook of course). I want it to be as fast as I can afford. My budget is about $2000, but i'm willing to spend up to $2500 if it's really worth it. - I plan to return to Video Editing as a hobby. I did a lot on my iMac when I first got it but I haven't updated my camcorder in just as long (Mini DV) so it's a bit lower on the priority list. - Large, reliable hard drive. I have almost 200gigs of media I used my iMac for before it became more and more unreliable. I'm looking for about 1TB. - Good Graphics Card. I don't play much games on my computer but I want it to at least be able to run Starcraft 2 or Sims 3 on high settings, if possible. Here are my questions: - Should I go for a refurbished iMac? ($1599 current generation model disconted to $1349) - Should I go for a brand new iMac with the refresh? - Should I trade in my Laptop and try to get an uber Macbook Pro? My Laptop's been doing great so far but could you see an advantage for me going this route? I would still like a secondary machine but would the positives outweigh the negatives? - Should I go for a refurbished Mac Pro? Do you think it would suit my needs? IMO if i'm going to be spending over $2000 on an iMac I want to consider the potential benefits of a good used Mac Pro. Apologies for the long post but I appreciate any advice offered! Thank you! PS last question i swear: i will be selling my iMac G5 to make room for the new machine. It recently developed the problem where the screen dims and the whole computer shuts off randomly, which i've heard was very common with the first gen models. It seems to be OK for short-term use but what do you think would be a fair price to charge for it?