Hello, I'll fill you in on my iMac experience, basically, I've been editing videos in college for the past year and a half and in November after trolling these forum's for months I decided to purchase my first mac. The 24" 2.8C2E kind. Now, I wasn't expecting a Xeon Power-horse, but after using my friends older iMacs and Macbook Pros in Final Cut and other heavy programs I figured it would have a pretty decent performance in Final Cut Studio, which they all run. So anyway the day came, mac box arrived. The case was pretty battered, but I figured it would be fine, unboxed it and set it up, installing my 4GB's of Crucial RAM. To be honest after updating too Leopard, it seemed no quicker than my old 3.2 P4, but ran steady none the less. A few weeks later after installing Final Cut and all it's parts, I began trying out the more demanding app's... And that was the one thing that disappointed me most. Performance was, well, awful. Final Cut takes hours to render anything, LiveType is unusable, DVD Pro is a nightmare and all in all it's not what I'd expect for £1300+. Now you may say, why did you get an iMac if video editing was it's main purpose, but I've done extensive edits on a friends 2.16 1GB RAM MacBook Pro and that absolutely throttles my setup on stability, Performance and it also feels more responsive. So, what I want to know is, is mine a dud or am I a fool for getting the wrong mac? Yours, A thoroughly disappointed first time mac user.