Was not quite sure where this should belong, but since the core of it is referencing to games i figured here would be a good start. Some history....I currently have an AMD Opteron 146, with 1gig of RAM and a GeForce 6800 GT which I was recently thinking about upgrading. There is nothing particularly wrong with it (speed wise) but i wanted to give it one last update before its left for a while. This time round though I happened to be looking further a field to the Mac and seem to have been 'swayed' towards them. Bit like the siren's song eh hopefully not though lol.. I have always liked the Mac, the design and my brief encounters with the OS (though not OSX) were always pleasant ones. I have always wanted to buy one of the systems but could never afford the steep price and software penalty. But I hate Windows, to be honest, thats what I wish I could upgrade the most and longhorn isnt even due for its first beta until sometime this month, and the details of it seem to have changed more often than I upgrade. Especially since they are cutting out some of the more interesting features. So the hopes of an improvement over what I have now (XP) is at least a year away. Anyhow, I can either upgrade my PC yet again (PCI express and maybe a Prescott this time round since ive been using AMD for quite a while) or take a chance and get myself a new Mac. Im quite fond of the idea of getting a mac, but while I want one I cant help but think it cant offer me what I want. On the other hand every time I look at what new PC parts I could buy the and when im not playing a game I can still look forward to being stuck with Windows thought springs to mind. Id say my Needs as it were are :- - Stylish (not so much a need I guess) - Game Friendly - Value! Should be worth the money and last a while. - I hate Windows, I want a change and the linux distros ive tried were not it (again not so much a need) I hear how intuitive and pleasant OSX is, id like to experience this for myself. - Expandability (I would prefer some upgrade potential and some longevity to the purchse) I ruled out the MacMini after looking at the specs and total price with added extras btw comes up past an iMac G5 so no thanks. I think I narrowed down my purchase to two possible choices, iMac G5 or Power Mac G5. The eMac is definitely not aimed towards me id say. IMac G5 looks the part! Very compact, very stylish and the 1Gb option with a 2Ghz G5 is very appealing. For the price, around £1,300 with the extra few bits it seems a good value it is expensive but its realistically affordable. The problem now comes from the fact that this impressive system has a Radeon 9600 graphics chip integrated inside. Ow. I will get a nice impressive 20 screen but with that no way will I be able to enjoy Doom3 (mac version) or Halo etc inbetween my surfing, and general use. You have a 20 display you want to set your games at the native res and enjoy them . And from here on the 9600 can only get worse. I plan on having this system for around 1 ½ to 2 years or more if the 9600 is looking a poor performer now what in 2006?? Onto the PowerMac, it looks nice, even though I prefer the compact neatness of the iMac G5, and Duel G5s are definitely impressive sounding and im sure pack a punch to last while. Its also upgradeable! You can swap out the Graphics Card, and spec up an order on apples site with an X850 or 6800 GT! So im not downgrading from what I have now. Its more like a PC in that it can grow with your needs. Hopefully that should power Doom3, Halo and any other upcoming games on the Mac and keep me happy enough so I can enjoy the benefits of the Mac without sacrificing entertainment The problem is that its a stonking £2,400+ all told (with 20 monitor/etc) which is kind of bank emptying bad. This is when the for that money I could get two high-spec PCs thoughts creep in. Im afraid to say that for my use I will need to go with the Power Mac. Would people agree? However im concerned, mainly because of the large price that that im not buying into a pretty nice system if you are a graphics designer. I am not sure of the current state of Mac gaming and I am not pretending that the mac is a huge gamers platform I know its not. But there are games out for it, recent games like UT2004/Doom3/Halo and a few RPGs that id like to play. There is nothing particular on PC that im after playing tbh ive been bored of the majority of PC games so far. I do plan on doing other things with my system of course, I like using photoshop (though not professionally), surf the web, music, cd/dvd burning and watching DVD movies on the apple widescreen should be a delight. However, tell me straight Should I just forget this and stick with the PC? Or should I go for the investment? Does anyone have any recent benchmarks of games like UT2004/Doom3 I can browse at In one forum I was told its slow on the Mac because it was not optimised or the G5. However the forums I use are not exactly filled with open minded people a lot of people simply go OMFG A MAC HAHA it would seem at times. For me its a big decision to break from the PC and spend thing kind of money on a new platform ive had not much experience with. Id rather not regret it after. With reference to the 'siren's song' again being tempted only to find out ive made a horrible mistake. Peoples thoughts and suggests (pref that have been in a similar position) appreciated.