Hi everbody, I'm going to buy a laptop, with a little help from my parents, for Christmas. I'm a college student, and my parents aren't exactly wealthy either, so I'm probably going to have to either buy a) a used mac laptop or b) a new PC one. My budget is 700, though I'd like to keep it to 600, which by direct conversion is $890 and $760. So I ideally want to keep it under $760. Here's what I want the machine to do: 1) My main use for this will be writing / journalism, so that means: word processing and internet (wireless). Reasonable download speeds are important, I download a lot of files, mainly PDFs. 2) Maybe some basic photo/movie stuff: iMovie, iPhoto, and maybe some light Photoshop 3) I'd like it to be able to work well with various media: Youtube, online radio, the occasional DVD 4) Maybe a little use of Quark from time to time Having done some browsing of eBay and some other used/secondhand sites, I've come to the conclusion that I can probably pick up a G4 iBook/Powerbook in the 900Mhz-1.4Ghz speed range for this kind of price. However, for a similar price I could probably also pick up a brand new, more powerful PC with a DVD burner. So my big question, really, is what is more important to me - having OSX or having the power. If I will be able to do all of these tasks quickly and hassle free for the next 3years+ (I know I may be pushing it, but I'd love if this machine could work for up to 5 years, if I max out the ram) and be capable of upgrading to the latest software along the way, I'll go for the mac, because I'm finding the thought of giving up OSX very difficult. If I won't be able to manage this, I'll go for a PC and pretend to myself that Vista or Linux is just as good. So, I have the following questions: 1) What minimum specs should I be looking for to be able to manage the above listed tasks well for the next 3 years at least? 2) Will this machine be capable of upgrading to the latests OSs and other software packages over the years? Thanks for any help in advance. That's what I love about this forum - the reliability of great advice. It is ALWAYS forthcoming. I love you people.