And I want to buy an apple, just as I have had for my last seven computers, beginning with an apple IIC. Thing is... I'm a grad student in architecture now, and I'll be using ALOT of computer imaging and modeling programs. Some programs I'll be using: 3D autocad rhino illustrator surfcam and many more i forget the names of... See my problem? I'll be using a fair amount of programs available only for windows. questions: are these programs very processor intensive? will a new dp powermac run virtual pc fast enough to not feel like an idiot running 3d modeling and perhaps even 3d animation? should I get two computers? two desktops? a new powermac to compliment my ibook, and a used laptop pc? any architecture people have any solutions? thanks, r.