I have an old Dell that I do some older gaming on. I do all types of work related things, and some personal finance stuff on it. Lots of web browsing and just generally having fun. Its looking REALLY bad as the the 30G HD is almost full, and the performace has been sliding for years. Its 5 years old. I wanted to buy a fully loaded XPS 700, but it doesnt look like you can get one anytime soon. I want the Quad SLI but by the time those are available, I might has well wait for the DX10 cards. I looked at Alienware, but they get up a bit too pricey when you add all the features. Either way I wanted to buy a lower end Dell for my work and for browsing and other daily tasks... and leave the XPS for gaming. Dell's response to this whole situation has soured me on the Dell brand. I am still going to wait for the 700 to come out, but for now I need a new computer for everyday use. I despise HP and Compaq, I have a long history with Gateway and I can't stand their customer service. What I may actually do is wait until September and (gasp) buy an Intel Core 2 Duo Mac (either an Imac or Probook). I have never owned one but from what I've seen they are excellent at what I need them for and are generally regarded as excellent computers. I went to the Apple store to play around with one and I was completely lost. The OS had me befuddled. The sales rep told me I would get used to it and never go back to windows. I asked the sales rep about the upcoming Core 2 Duo and he played dumb (maybe he just didnt know anything, but I doubt it. I think I am sold on buying a Mac when the Core 2 duo is released. From what I can see by searching the boards it looks like next month they will be released. I am not sure which one to buy. Should I look at the Imac or the Probook for the uses that I have? Am I going to get over my complete and utter illiteracy regarding the Apple OS? What do you think? Thank you for your time.