(I totally just typed out a really, really long post but of course I was an idiot and didn't sign in first.. nice. So here it is, typed again and thankfully a little shorter but probably not quite as witty as I imagined it was the first time.) Hi guys, I hope I don't make any typical n00b mistakes that will cause any of you to rush toward me with cries of "off with her head" but I got a little bit over-enthusastic at finding a place where I can get expert advice and so, didn't take my usual time of poking around before I post. Wow, that was a really long sentence. Not quite a promising start. I'm a university student with one more year left. I have a design/fine arts major and I will to pursue graphic design after I graduate. I plan to do so in CA where I hopefully won't end up in a delightful cardboard box on the sidewalk. I've been a PC user in the past but my graphic design path has introduced me to Apple and I have to admit, I'm rather taken. My school provides us with Power Mac G5's. For my next computer I've decided to go ahead and buy Apple but the whole new intel thing has thrown me a little. After a bit an anxiety and obsessive reading of reviews and tips and such I decided on the new iMac Intel Core Duo. Specifically, the 17" model with a 500gb hard drive (overkill?) and 1.5gb of RAM (I plan on purchasing and installing 1gb of RAM). It comes to $1626 with my educational discount. (with free shipping and printer after rebate, oh my!) I would use it for several years, into my actual job. I figure the iMac is portable enough to be hauled around when I fly from home to CA and on various trips.. but I don't really envision myself setting it up in B&N without feeling overwhelmingly geek. However, as I begin poking around ebay and such, I wonder if I should get a recent 17" powerbook. I'd want 120gb hard drive and 1.5gb of RAM at the least for under $1500 (hah.. several hundreds under, actually. Did I mention I really like fantasy novels?) Is that even feasible? I would keep it for around two years and then upgrade after people like Adobe have built their programs to run properly on the new intel computers. I'm torn between having a shiny laptop and having more power. If you've managed to suffer through my rather lengthy, omg-plz-help!-whine, thank you. I really would appreciate any help, insight, or smacks upside the head to calm my vague feeling of panic. As a poor university student this is my first personal purchase $1000++ ever. I know, sad. Thanks again!