I currently own a Powermac G4 Digital Audio (533 Mhz) that I got approximately 5 years ago. It is a nice machine that does everything I need, but as a musician and one who is generally interested in music, I have become increasingly annoyed with fan noise. I just had my 17th birthday a few days ago, for which my dad promised me a "negotiable upgrade" to my G4. He intended this to be an accelerator card that would boost the cpu to 1.5+ Ghz. The thing is, I don't REALLY need a faster computer, and would much prefer a quieter one. I have already spent some time looking into replacing the fans, but that doesn't seem to be a valid solution. I also have in my possession a 266 Mhz (Wallstreet) G3 powerbook which has the opposite problem: It is nice and quiet, but it is too slow and has too little ram to run OS X. I have been using it for english essays and ti-83+ assembly programming, but I really need OS X for computer programming and web design. Also to be considered is the fact I have somewhat valuable m-audio pci audio card in my G4 and 640 megs of ram. Whew, this is complicated . So I am faced with the choices of getting Mac Mini, getting an iBook to replace the powerbook, and suffering through my Senior year of high school. The problem is, I'm going to be leaving for college at the end of next year, and will be getting a new macintel powerbook as soon as one is available. Of course I would love an iBook now, but I don't know if I should just live with my computer as it is. The iBook would undoubtedly stay in the family, probably going to my mother after I am done with it. To get a low price, I have decided I can get a 12 in. iBook and hook it up to my 17 in. desk monitor if I absolutely need a larger screen. As it is, the iBook has the same 1024*768 resolution that I use every day, just things would look smaller on the miniature screen. I found a refurbished 700mhz iBook for $499, the price of a mini, and would like to know what you guys think. It only has a 20 GB hard drive and 128 megs of ram, but I think I'll be able to use my iPod as an external hard drive (for storing music, if nothing else). I have no idea what condition it is in, but I can take a look at it (its offered by a local reseller). So, that is the situation. Sorry if it was somewhat incoherent, but I have spent the past 2 hours drafting a letter to the girl with whom I went to prom, trying to fix things (communication difficulties... we need to understand each other better). I would appreciate any advice you might have. Heck, I would even appreciate advice with regard to my relationship problems . Thanks.