Hello everyone, I am in a small conundrum regarding getting an iMac, and was wondering if anyone had any advice, suggestions, or tips on a few questions I had? I used to have a Powerbook (1.67 GHz, 80 GB HD, 512 MB RAM, updated with Leopard OS) and it has since passed on. As I am not in school anymore, mobility is not a factor in my choosing a computer, so I decided to go for an iMac (20 inch, 2.4 GHz, 250 GB HD, 1 GB RAM). My use is very basic I mainly will use the computer for emails, surfing, chatting, listening to iTunes, burning CDs, photos, playing DVDs, and Office applications for presentations or research reports when I take work home with me. I dont game or edit/make videos/music. I guess Im just a basic user. My first question is regarding how much RAM I might need. I thought that 1 GB would be fine, but have been hearing other recommendations. An Apple rep told me I should upgrade to 2 GB and a 320 GB HD. I have an external 500 GB HD, so I definitely dont need to upgrade the HD to have extra room available, but Im still not sure about the RAM. Ive seen recommendations that an iMac needs at least 2 GB to run Leopard smoothly, and some websites say that you need 4 GB for an iMac. I ran Leopard on my trusty little Powerbook, and it ran fine, so I dont know where this assertion that you need 2 GB RAM to run Leopard comes from. Im thinking that the Apple rep told me to upgrade to 2 GB RAM and a 320 HD to try and get me to finally get the next 20 inch iMac model, but I cant say for sure. Does anyone have any suggestions for RAM? My second question is the age old when to buy question. Ive priced the iMacs, and got a quote that includes the iMac, AppleCare, a discount I quality for, and taxes. Ive saved up and just about cleared that quote and could theoretically go out right now and buy; however, I keep hearing rumors about the new iMacs due out sometime in Q1 2009. From what I hear, the supposed new iMacs will have NVIDIA graphics cards, quad core Intel chips, and a new cooling system. My questions/concerns that stem from this are 1. For the type of use Ive described, I assume that such changes will not drastically affect my computing experience; therefore, it wont really make a significant difference to me if I buy now or wait. Granted, if I buy now and an upgrade comes out later, I wont have the newest, but (a) thats the nature of the game and (b) if I wont actually benefit from such upgrades, its a moot point anyway. Is this a fair assumption? 2. As Ive saved up according to the price of the current iMacs, what is the chance that these new upgraded iMacs will have a higher price due to the new technology theyll come with? If the price is likely to be the same, I might as well wait to get the new iMacs for the same price. But I dont want to be kicking myself if I wait and end up having to pay more for upgrades that dont really benefit me all that much. Ive heard the new iMacs could cost as much as 300 dollars more than the ones out now? It seems a bit far-fetched to me. Anyone have any thoughts on this? * assuming that such rumors are true and that there are new iMacs that will be coming out in Q1 of 2009. Thank you for reading this novella of a post, and thank you in advance for your input!