I just ordered a Mac Pro. I also have a Dell 30 inch monitor. I've worked and played in the PC environment since the 80s and have never used anything "Apple" except my IPod/ITunes. The only software I had added was Mac version of Microsoft Office, MobileMe, and Aperture. I also have a new, high-end PC laptop and a recently acquired Dell PC. My set up at home is RoadRunner Cable with a Belkin router. I am now using Outlook Express as my primary home e-mail account. Both the PC and the new Mac Pro will be set up in my home office. I would I only ordered the Mac with one 1TB hard drive and thought I would use an external hard drive for backup. Here are my questions. 1. Should I move to Airport Extreme as the router? 2. What other software do you think is necessary or helpful? Specifically, I was told that there was a program called Parallel that could make the Mac into PC environment and I could load Windows 7 and all my compatible software. Does this cause problems? 3. If I create documents in Mac Excel, Word, or pp version, will they open seamlessly on pc software? 4. Considering a magic mouse. Remaining Budget: $1,500 and I qualify for academic discounts. Thank you anyone who can help. I don't want to waste money but time and efficiency is money. I am a college professor, CPA, and an online class design consultant.