I finally decided to replace my trusty Powerbook, as it revealed itself unable to handle some plugins in Cubase, during my band recording sessions. The thing is, my wife does 3D animation in Maya and StudioMax in Windows. She currently have a Dell Inspiron (Core Duo 1.8) with a Nvidia Quadro card (one of the cheaper ones). She does not move much, so actually there is no need for a mobile computer. So, we wanted to replace both laptops with a desktop (I've already have a macbook air for office work). The new iMacs just arrived in Chile, but the only one with a decent price is the base model (Nvidia 9400M). The next model is nearly US$400 more. My other option is a hackintosh (as per the lifehacker guide). One with a Quad Core 2 Duo, 2 500Gb hard drives, and Nvidia GT9800 GTX+, plus a 23" monitor (not nearly as nice as the imac screen, though) is pretty much the same price. Using a less stellar processor and video card would lower the price. I like much more the form factor of the iMac and the assurance that all my software will work without the glitches associated to a hackintosh, however, I'm not sure that the 9400M would be enough for my wife work. She doesn't do complex stuff at home, but she wanted to be sure that everything will work. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.