Hey everybody. After a year of lurking on this site, the great members of the macrumors forums convinced me to convert. I am now typing this from my 1.5 15 inch powerbook. Anyway, my girlfriend has become intrigued by OSX, ILife, and just the overall feel of my mac. Her old Compaq, after 4 years of struggling, is useless, so she's back in the market looking for a new computer. She's debating between a G3 Imac and a new dell. Although her price limit is $500, she's hoping to spend between 200-400. Being new to macs, I need some help deciding what system would be best for her. This is what she intends to do with the computer: Surfing, Reading e-mail, word, some excel, maybe watch a few DVD's, and hopefully some light photoshop work. How much MHZ do you think she needs? Any specific models come to mind? And by the way, if anyone has an old imac (which now sits unused due to the brand new Powermac G5 you recently bought ) that their willing to sell within that price range, please respond. Not only will you pocket some cash, but you'll help to bring one more person over from the PC world. ~John.