So i've been a PC user (i'll say PC and not Windows, since i used Linux as my primary desktop as well for awhile) for about 20 years, i bought my first Apple product in 2007/2008, it was a 30gb ipod video and i fell in love with it; the style, the ease of use, the ingenuity, it struck me, i finally "got it". Since then i've gone through 2 versions of the iphone and pre-ordered the ipad as soon as it was available and i use it daily. Now the time has come to make the final switch (pull the plug so to speak) to a mac primary. My brother owns a 27" imac thats a year old and he recommended i get that, so ive built it and priced it out, i get a small discount from being a student at UoP which is nice. This is my proposed system: 27" Screen 2.93ghz i7 CPU 16GB Ram 1TB Sata HDD + 256GB SSD I do have a few questions for the mac masters here: I'm a single working professional and i live alone (just to say, no kids or animals.), is it worth the extra $120 for the apple care plan? I purchased this plan for my iphone and ipad, anything prone to being dropped, but this seems very unlikely for a desktop pc, i doubt the plan would protect against spilling things on the keyboard which is probably the only possible disaster. Is there a list of "Must Have" software for a mac besides what comes pre-installed? This is going to be my day to day computer, so browsing, email, the terminal, and daily gaming as well, primarily Eve and Everquest 2. When playing non-osx compatible games, do you see a loss of quality when running in a crossover type scenario, rather than booting into windows? Are there any annoyances or quirks to owning a mac that the pc world is unaware of? I know when i used macs in school (granted, they were ppc) it was very difficult to find even the most basic software, i've heard a lot of that has changed now that they have switched to the intel arch. The last thing is, do you feel there is any advice or suggestions you could give a pc-convert to ease the transition from pc to mac? I know when moving from xp to windows 7 there was a lot to relearn, and that was just a (comparatively) minor OS change. I want to thank everyone ahead of time for replies. I doubt anything anyone will say will sway me from this purchase, im very excited about it and ive made peace with dealing with the transition. I like to get as much information about an undertaking as possible, especially when im paying so much of my hard earned cash to initiate it. Thanks everyone, David p.s. i'll be making the purchase this friday, if anyone has any recommendations regarding my proposed specs, please let me know.