Hi, I am trying to decide what kind of computer to purchase. I'm pretty savvy when it comes to using computers, but not so much when it comes to specs or any of that stuff. I apologize in advance for the length of this post... I am kind of going through the pros and cons with myself as I type this, and it's partially a financial question instead of just "which Mac is best?". Here's my situation: I am a stereotypical broke student. I make enough to cover my living expenses but am paying for educational costs with loans. The career field I am entering is lucrative; I graduate in one year and will have no trouble whatsoever finding a job well-paying enough that I will be able to pay off my loans in full within the first year of working. Though I am moving to NYC after graduation, which will be expensive in itself, so let's say I will be able to pay them off in two years at an absolute maximum. I do consider a computer to be an educational cost, since it is a necessity for school & my old desktop is completely fried. However, I don't view my loans as "free money" and I don't want to owe more than necessary. That being said, this will be my first Mac. I am tired of Windows & don't particularly like dabbling with versions of Linux - I love it, but really want something that just works without a lot of tweaking. It is nearing time for a new TV as well, since my ancient TV is starting to fuzz & the connectors are requiring more and more duct-tape rigging to keep the DVD images on screen. My goal is to have a Mac that will double as a TV substitute (maybe with EyeTV or something similar) which means that a bigger screen is better -- I have my eye on a new or refurbished 27" iMac, of course, and of course they are double what I was hoping to spend. I could go with a Mac Mini, which is a healthy compromise, and upgrade to an iMac when it is more financially feasible... (Or, I could just keep using the Mini indefinitely, but I see the extra cords & speakers needed as being a big potential problem when I move and will likely be crammed into a tiny studio or share in the city.) But I am thinking about long-term costs as well: does it really make sense to spend that much money on a Mini now just to turn around and buy the more expensive computer anyway in a year and a half? If that is the case, and I'm going to just chug along with something until I graduate and have more money to buy a newer, large-screened iMac, why not just buy this super-old iMac to make do with? It's only $250, but it is very out of date. I have heard that with Macs, you can get by with much lower specs than you can on a Windows machine, but I'm not sure what the extent of that is. Here are the specs for the old iMac: 17" LCD Widescreen Display OS 10.5 Leopard 1.8GHz G5 Processor 1.0GB RAM (2x512MB) PC2-5300 DDR2 SO-DIMM 160GB Hard Drive (7200rpm) DVD-RW/CD-RW SuperDrive-DL Radeon 9600 graphics (128MB) 1440x900 resolution Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR AirPort Extreme Card 2- FireWire 400 ports 3- USB 2.0 ports 1- Ethernet port Here is what I plan to do with the computer: mainly word processing, web browsing, streaming music (Pandora, YouTube, etc.) & movies (Netflix, etc.), and storing music & video files. As I said before, I would like to use the DVD drive & EyeTV or something similar to make the computer a TV/DVD-player substitute completely, but if I am upgrading computers after graduation I can probably get my old TV to hold out that much longer. Will this old iMac serve me well for 1 1/2 - 2 years, or should I choose some other option? Again, I know this is a lengthy post and I apologize. Any advice is appreciated!