Hi there, I am a long time mac user, although not anywhere near to an expert. Like many, I can do what I need to do and probably don't fully use the machinary I own (Dual 1GHZ Power PC G4). My son, a windows user, only uses his machine to play shoot-em-up games and check his email.. AND STILL MANAGES TO RENDER IT INOPERABLE every couple of months or so. I can't help him with windows and so he has to keep wiping and reinstalling his windows system. he has now saved some money and wants me to get him a mac since he is partly convinced that his virus vulnerability will be markedly reduced and, much more importantly, he knows that I can often bring back my own machine from coma and near-death with a few well chosen applications. I have suggested to him that he get a mac and upgrade his PC as a gamer and NEVER allow it online. His budget for the mac is around £600 (give or take £100) and used/refurbished is just fine with him. A laptop will not work for him since he's a klutz and it'll get dropped/knocked off the desk. Now, having set the scene, here's the questions... 1. It would appear that many of leopard's new aspects require an intel processor - which would limit the choices of machine for him - how necessary/preferable is an intel processor or is the requirement more a matter of processor speed rather than brand? 2. Since he also plans to buy a large flatscreen tv with a computer input, he would probably not need a G5-type which has it's own monitor (although it doesn't really matter if that's where the best deal is. Is there a preference among the forum for such a beast for a coupla hundred quid? 3. What's the going opinion about minis? They seem to have very small hard drives and not so much ram. Are they fairly easy/cheap to upgrade? Would it be better than a "normal" sized tower or iMac? Mostly, it's the processor question that I need help with but if you can force yourselves to give an opinion about any/all of the rest of the quandary, I'd be most grateful... also, if anyone happens to have a suitable unit for sale, let me know. thanks for the help. ps is there much of a market for my own humble setup?