I bought my 1.8 dual g5 new from apple october 2004. I've got an apple 20" cinema display on it. it's approaching 5 years old - about time to upgrade. I plan on selling the g5 along with the cinema display to add to my funding (already included in the 3k). Next month I'll be walking into the apple store, and making it rain with the 3k reserved for my new system. with this amount of money, i have quite a few options, but one I've ruled out is another powermac. I'm looking to clean up my set up with either a 24" imac or a macbook pro (15 or 17). I can't seem to decided on a system yet, so I'm looking for your opinions. The uses of this machine will be divided up between CS4 (photoshop and flash), and also some heavy Aperture use. As more of a hobby, I'll also be regularly using Final Cut Studio editing and grading 720p footage. In addition to this I'll be doing some occasional 3D modeling and rendering as well (Maya). So, with all that said, I'm most strongly considering these setups (the highest configured store bought models): imac 24" macbook pro 17" macbook pro 15" with the 24" Apple LED. Screen resolution is important. I love the res on the 17" but I wonder if i'll be squinting at it when it's docked on my desk. would it be better to get the 15 and 24" led?? I like the idea of always having the large res with the 17". is it hard to go from using your external to the 15" resolution when on the road? I can't imaging working in a smaller resolution than my current 20" display. with portability, I don't plan to take the laptop with me everyday. I like the idea that I can bring it to work if i need to, or the library for some quiet time. But for probably 80% of the time it will be docked on my desk at home. does this mean i should just get an imac? so many options!! ok, enough rambling. any thoughts or opinions from those in a similar profession/situation would be greatly appreciated! I don't plan to buy another computer for another 3-4 years, so this is a big decision for me.