First time blogger... Having recently sold my dell i have ponder crossing over and buying an iMac. I previously owned a mac (last revision, PowerBook-G3) and have very fond memories of it. I then bought a dell which also served me well. Now with the introduction of Intel chips, OSX 10.5 and imac's all-in-one form factor (i hate cables) i have warmed greatly to Apples again. However...... When i compare what i am willing to spend on an imac and what i can get from dell, i am left completely indifferent. I am prepared to spend up on the the latest imac i.e. 24" screen 2.8Ghz extreme (maybe even wait for the new penryn chips), upgrade to 4Gb RAM and throw a 1TB drive for good measure. the price for such a machine (in Australia) is around USD $3700 bucks. Do the same exercise with optioning up a dell and you end up with an even quicker machine i.e 24" HD screen, Quad 2.4Ghz, 4GB RAM, Blu-Ray, 750GB HDD, ATI 2600XT and i can throw in my loose HDD laying around inside case. You get the picture.... i will be using this machine for everything from emails to re-coding ripped DVD's and playing them on my TV and also running Windows only Apps. I want it to be FAST and the computer must last me for several year. If anyone has managed to read this far and is able to give some good advise, i look forward to your reply and making the right decision soon. I have also considered a mac pro but do not want to spend that much. Please help.