Hi everybody, I need some advice on two main things. (1) Whether you think my existing Macbook is capable of doing what I want it to do? (2) If not, what would be the most appropriate machine for my needs? I'll try and get to the point, but first I'll fill you in on some background information. About 3 months ago I got a 2.4ghz alu-Macbook. It's fantastic! Being a long time dissatisfied Dell/HP/Windows user it's a breath of fresh air, and it's now being used more-or-less as a desktop replacement (productivity, entertainment etc.). I say 'more-or-less' because there are some other demands I'm not sure it can fulfill. I'm a musician and I've got into music recording in the past year. I'm not by any means an audio professional, but it's a growing and serious hobby. Before I bought the Macbook, I'd (perhaps foolishly) decided to upgrade my 4 year old Dell Desktop (PCI soundcard, microphone pre-amp etc.), and buy some fairly expensive software, and at the time it worked OK. However, it has since become a nightmare. It's intollerably slow, and crashes frequently. I've tried many things to remedy this, but I think it's safe to conclude that it's finished. Therefore, I'm pratically left with the Macbook. Remember, at the time of buying the Macbook, I didn't envisage it as being a fully fledged desktop replacement. I'd always intended on running a desktop/laptop set-up, and intended to get another Windows desktop within two years. What should I do then? Should I try and use the Macbook for all my needs? This raises it's own issues. I would like to continue to run Windows for software demands and a bit of medium demand gaming, but would not feel comfortable partitioning the Macbook's 250gb harddrive. Is the lack of firewire a massive disadvantage for me? I ideally want a new firewire audio interface, but would settle for USB. The external harddrive is the main problem however. I plan on documenting a pretty huge CD collection on iTunes, and the Macbook is slow when recording to an external non-firewire harddrive. Or should I get a replacement desktop sooner rather than later? I know your all probably biased towards Apple, and to be honest I am! But in that case what Mac desktop do I get? An iMac? It would do the job. I'd be inclined to get the 2.8 ghz 24 inch. The problem is that I've got a fairly new 24 inch monitor, so that would be deemed irrelevant. Or a mac pro? I would love one. But they're expensive, and it would probably be overkill for my needs. But then there fully customizable, and, most importantly, it's got OS X. However, saying that I would still like to run Windows. Does anyone have any experience in knowing how adept is a Mac Pro at running Windows? I'm sorry if i've bored you. I've tried to be as concise as I can, but this dilemma is driving me crazy! With the benefit of hindsight I should have probably opted for a high-end Macbook Pro. Ben.