With the forthcoming announcement of a iMac (assuming it will have a quad-core) I am divided about getting a iMac for $1200-1500, or getting a $1600 Macbook (if I got the Macbook I would get the one with the illuminated keyboard that was some bullcrap the lowend has no backlit keyboard). The fact that the price of the iMac is much less, with a big screen, and more powerful is attractive, especially because I am very frugal, and my current Mac is well..really old. Also, I would finally be able to say "hey I got a Mac that isn't horribly outdated, and in fact just got updated like a month ago" However, the Macbook is compact, I can change a new desk into a painting/art/computer desk, and I can move about with it, etc. The way I see it, there isn't one program I could use that would make the thing chug, and etiher a Macbook or an iMac would last me a good 5+ years with fully upgraded RAM. The programs I use are: Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, iWorks, all of iLife, encoding between different video codecs, Adobe Premiere, various FTP clients and web browsers (dont know if that crap matters), and on Firefox and such I like to use lots of different add-ons. I am also interested in getting into 3D programs since I probably will get a WACOM tablet come tax season also. So what would you guys suggest?