Hi there! I am new here and new to mac as well. i have some experience using them in college, but nothing very long term. my problem is that i have a fairly new laptop that i use a LOT! every day, all day. of course it has vista as well. it is constantly hanging up. It is a toshiba satellite A215; 1.9 Turion 64X2, 200GB HDD, ATI 1200X GFX and ****4**** GB of RAM! i was hoping this would be enough hardware for smooth operation, but i am wrong. I am giving up and switching to Mac. I am limited with a budget of US800. I am looking at: PowerMac G5 1.8 dual " 2.0 Dual iMac g5 20" 1.8 Single Mac mini perhaps considering a G4 MDD or notebook if the price is right and the hardware will work for what i need. I need to get something that will be very stable and reliable for lots of ordinary tasks such as email, spreadsheets, word processing, photo sorting and viewing, iTunes, watchign DVDs, etc, etc. i will only be doing more intense tasks such as photoshop/aperture/video editing about 15-25% of the time. it also needs to run very well for this. i am looking for something that will be a usable computer for up to 4 years. I am a cheapskate and I will also be going to grad school in a year or two. i can't afford (time and money) to muck around with changing computers again after this! my concerns with the G5 (and mini i guess) are upgrading the RAM--most of the G5s i have found in my price range apparently only take about 4GB. I think this should be OK, but I do not know much about theses systems. I know the mini will not take more than 2, so maybe not so viable... i like that i can upgrade the HDD in the PowerMac as well as video card. i occasionally work with storing very large files so i can use the space. so, in a nutshell it has to be: powerful (within reason for what i do/budget constraints) upgradeable (GFX/RAM/HDD) under 800$ reliable (can't have it melting!!) good looking (PowerMacs are pretty!!) BTW, I have a 23" LCD that is NOT being used right now, buying something other than iMac will allow me to use it, rather than trying to sell it (less headaches). I also have WiFi, so airport support is great, even for a desktop, so i will not have to move my router. I have been checking prices mostly at dvwarehouse and macofalltrades. if anyone knows any place better, i'm all ears! Thanks a ton!!! what's my best bet?