Hello all. I'm a long-time reader, rare-poster. I am a frustrated (to say the VERY least) pc "lifer" who is dying to get into his first Mac. That said, I've been very disheartened about the apparent speed discrepencies between the newest pentiums and newest macs. While out today, I must have looked at about 30-40 computers at several retail stores (best buy, circuit city, gateway cow-store)... I got my hands on the newest, fastest things out there for the windows world, and not only was EVERY XP box at least the same speed (perceived) as the dual 1.25 I lust over at the apple store several times a month, but WAYYYYYY slower than my Win2K box I run right now (compaq $500 amd 700 mhz from about 3 years ago.) Before you tune me out, though, I was RAISED on computers, starting with a commodore 64 which I learned BASIC on. I understand processes, memory hogging things, and all the variables that make a store-computer bog down, and these didn't have much background stuff happening. Just running things like the browser, media player, etc. take like1-2 seconds to open up, let alone get going on the p4 3 ghz computers! Every app I use except photoshop is almost instantaneous on my win2k machine. The GUI's on both sides of this fence could use some fat-trimming, but it is NOT the discrepancy I pictured after reading so many "Apple needs to be faster" threads... This whole thread is basically to say that for the 90% of computer users who "hang out" on their computer like I do - playing music, browsing, word processing, gaming, etc. and don't ever benchmark their computers, the computing experience is much more enjoyable, and (surprise to me) JUST AS FAST IF NOT FASTER on the macs out there. It puts a lot of concern I had about switching to rest. Comments from any users who use both?