I know, I know another macbook vs imac thread. But everyone has different situations and needs, so here I go: I've saved around 5 or 6 hundred so far. I'm working this summer, probably in the range of 1000 bucks by the end of the summer at minimum wage, working 15 hours per week for 7 weeks. i have a lot of [expensive] hobbies, like photography. I'll be running aperture or lightroom (most likely lightroom as i'm already familiar with it), as well as photoshop cs under rosetta. I also want to get into sound recording with my guitar and possibly a midi controller keyboard, you know learn to play piano (i'm quite musically inclined, just don't play too many instruments, I'm more of a singer, but piano and singing complement themselves a lot). I am a student, and my mother is a professor, so I'll be getting and education discount either way. I was looking at: MacBook 2.16 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo - 2 gigs of ram - 160 gb hard drive (may also go for the 120 isntead, haven't decided yet, but photos take space) - superdrive (main reason for getting the 2.16 one instead of the low-end) TOTAL: $1424 -or- iMac (20") 2.16 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo 2 gigs of ram (would get 3, but expensive, plus symmetry adds for extra boost) 250gb hard drive ATI Raedon x1600 w/ 256mb vRam (at 68 dollars extra, steal.) Total: $1625 I currently have an ibook G4, so the upgrade will be a great one. I have much gotten used to having my notebook as my only machine, but I'm sure I could find a way to have both my little ibook (for web browsing around the house and whatnot, and bringing places), and have the imac for the more daunting tasks. I also think I would appreciate the extra screen real estate of the imac over the macbook, though I do have a 17" monitor, but it isn't widescreen, and it's not the best monitor to begin with, and I need decent color accuracy for photography. The macbook's screen is glossy too, which I'm not sure i'd like, or be good for color accuracy. Plus, how often am I going to be carrying my work with me? if i'm showing something to someone, I don't need my entire photo editing suite with me, just a folder of images and preview I love the idea of being able to stream HD video or Abc primetime shows in bed to watch with the macbook. something my little ibook can only dream of doing at full screen. but I'm sure I could view the imac from my bed, i would just have to get a wireless mouse/keyboard to control the video, or find a way to use the apple remote to do it, or even better, get up off my lazy a$$. Plus, I doubt the macbook's integrated graphics could handle hd streams to begin with, though I would onlyneed 720p for it's screen instead of 1080p. The only other issue would be where to keep my music. i love my itunes library, I'm constantly ripping cds, and I like having my music with me when I'm browsing the web. I guess I should keep all my music on the laptop, and have it stream over the network to my imac? otherwise, is there anyway to sync 1 library between two machines? How do you guys hold up with a notebook/desktop setup? Any beneficials or tips? I would love the macbook, but i just don't think it's got the oomph i need for aperture and whatnot. plus i might even be able to play a game or two if I felt like it and booted into Windows, not that it's needed with a 360 on my desk as well. I'm much more concerned with power for my craft. Thanks for your time, that was a long post EDIT: the other thing is, i plan to wait to buy the machine until leopard in october. would having a laptop still running tiger bug me if i have leopard on the imac? would my little ibook be able to smoothly run leopard?