I'm really in a quandary here. I'm what you might call an above average PC user, and I don't mean that in that I'm some kind of smart guy and everyone else is dumb. But I get PC's... it's been years since I've had a blue screen, I build my own custom systems, I know most PC's inside and out, and I can troubleshoot deep issues. But at the same time, I'm REALLY wanting to go mac. I like how it feels. I like how it looks, smells and even tastes! But I'm really having a tough time justifying "the switch". I have two jobs right now: graphic designer and network tech (the latter out of necessity ) My real passion is design. So I'm trying to make the best decision for that profession. I've read the "Why Mac is More Expensive Than PC" thread, so I get the quality portion of it. I've also got two kids and bills, so while we're not exactly pinching pennies, blowing over $1000 on a new computer hurts. I've read all of the Based on what research I've done, I think a Mac Pro is overkill for what I do, and the mini just doesn't have the horse power. That leaves iMac or Mac Book Pro. I have an iPad and for my profession, the iPad actually does everything I need it to do mobility-wise. But I'm not totally taking MBP off the table. So that leads me to the most logical conclusion which is the iMac. What's the Ledge??? The ledge is this: I really have two choices: One is to stay PC, and invest about $500 more into my current PC. What this means is that after $500, I'll have a 3.2ghz quad core, 8gb of PC1333 Ram, 1tb 7200 SATA HD, BluRay Player and DVD Burner and topped off with a 1gb GDDR5 Video Card. The second option is to jump into an iMac and pull the trigger. I probably need to at LEAST go for the 2nd level iMac 21.5", or I've been eyeing the refurb 27" iMacs. Bear in mind I'm *trying* to stay in budget, so I don't think I can justify spending $2000 on a quad core 27" iMac. Based on what kind of power, I'm not sure that even the newer intel icore iMacs will give me much more juice than that PC setup. I do understand that the resale value of my PC will greatly dwindle and I will probably have no chance of selling my system BUT for what I do every day, that system should keep me going for the next 2 years at least. But I also see the flip side where in 2 years, I can probably get about 60% of the value of whatever iMac I purchase and the upgrade to the next level is greatly reduced. Can anyone else with this kind of choice and knowledge of the real performance and power of mac give me some idea if this is actually a real battle? Maybe I'm giving my PC component specs too much credit, and under the circumstances a lower end iMac will actually give me the same performance? Sorry for the novel lol - I think I just had to get it out to fully understand where I'm coming from!