Our desktop decided to finally shoot craps yesterday and we're looking at buying a new computer and I need a little help. Obviously I'm expecting a little bias from a Mac forum, but I've never had a Mac before so don't know what I'm expecting or looking for. Since the Compaq 5050 died (very old and PAINFULLY slow ) I've narrowed it down to two choices - the 20" iMac ($1199 model) and an HP M8226X. The specs seem to favor the HP (3GHz vs 2 GHz, HD size 500GB vs 250GB, 3GB ram vs 1GB, etc) but I'm not sure how dependent OSX is or if I'd notice the difference speedwise. Clearly aesthetically the iMac wins, but I'd choose performance over looks any day. Usage wise: internet surfing, homework (typing reports and the like; I've got a $3500 laptop I do my homework on for college so it'll be for my 16 year old sister's work), about 10GB of music and some pictures. No heavy 3d gaming or anything that will put it to the test, the majority will be on the internet. Our household is my parents and myself, along with 2 teenage girls. My sister has an HP laptop (that she hates) and I've got a brand new laptop so we aren't dependent on PCs or having compatibility between them. My dad says buy whatever and my mom looks at the specs and says the HP must be better since everything is higher rolleyes, so I need advice. None of us have ever had a Mac, but after my iPhone and tons of iPods, I'm sold and I'm sure they would be as well. I'm also pretty sure the iMac is it pricewise since Christmas just happened yesterday so no 24" 2.4GHz computer or anything . I basically need help finding if the money would be better spent on the iMac (and the 2 hour drive to the Apple store) and if the difference in specs would be noticeable. We'll be purchasing within the next week at the latest.