I will be moving into residence late August for my Web Development & Animation major. I need to purchase a new computer & monitor. Software I will be using includes: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Adobe Illustrator CS3 Adobe Flash CS3 Coda Luxology Modo 302 Macintosh® Requirements (minimum) * Mac® OS X 10.4 or later * Macintosh® G4, G5 or Intel processor General System Requirements * Minimum 1GB RAM * Minimum 100MB available hard disk space (3GB required for all content and integrated training materials) * OpenGL® accelerated graphics card and monitor capable of at least 1024 by 768 screen resolution * Internet connection required for initial product activation AutoDesk Maya Software The 32-bit version of Autodesk® Maya® 2008 software is supported on any of the following operating systems: * Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Business * Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional (SP2 or higher) * Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 4.0 WS (U5) * Fedora™ Core 5 * Apple® Mac OS® X 10.4.9 (PowerPC® and Intel® versions of Maya) Hardware At a minimum, the 32-bit version of Maya 2008 software requires a system with the following hardware: * Windows and Linux: Intel Pentium® 4 or higher, AMD Athlon® 64, or AMD Opteron® processor * Macintosh®: Power Mac® G5 or Intel®-based Macintosh® computers * 2 GB RAM * 2 GB hard disk space * Qualified hardware-accelerated OpenGL® graphics card * Three-button mouse with mouse driver software * DVD-ROM drive AutoDesk 3ds Max(Yes, BootCamp) Software The 32-bit version of Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2009 software is supported on any of the following operating systems: * Microsoft® Windows Vista® * Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional (SP2 or higher) The 64-bit version of 3ds Max 2009 software is supported on any of the following operating systems: * Microsoft Windows Vista * Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 3ds Max 2009 software requires the following browser: * Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6 or higher 3ds Max 2009 software requires the following supplemental software: * DirectX® 9.0c* (required) Hardware At a minimum, 3ds Max 2009 32-bit software requires a system with the following: * Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® XP or higher processor * 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended) * 500 MB swap space (2 GB recommended) * Hardware-accelerated OpenGL® and Direct3D® supported * Microsoft Windows–compliant pointing device (optimized for Microsoft® IntelliMouse®) * DVD-ROM drive Note: Apple® computers based on Intel processors and running Microsoft operating systems are not currently supported. At a minimum, 3ds Max 2009 64-bit software requires a system with the following: * Intel EM64T, AMD Athlon 64 or higher, AMD Opteron® processor * 1 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) * 500 MB swap space (2 GB recommended) * Hardware-accelerated OpenGL and Direct3D supported * Microsoft Windows–compliant pointing device (optimized IntelliMouse) * DVD-ROM drive That sums up my required software (specifications for 3d applications displayed, I know Adobe products will run fine). I have been a gamer my whole life and will continue to be. These are some games that I would like to play(Yes, BootCamp, I know): Unreal Tournament III System requirements Windows XP/Vista * 2.0 GHz single core CPU (2.4 GHz dual core CPU or faster recommended) * 512 MB RAM (1.0 GB RAM or greater recommended) * 8.0 GB hard disk space * NVIDIA 6200 or ATI 9600 graphics card (NVIDIA 7800GTX or ATI X1300 or faster recommended) * sound card * Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported. Crysis System Requirements - Official Minimum * OS - Windows XP or Windows Vista * Processor - 2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster* (Vista) * Memory - 1.0 GB RAM (XP) or 1.5 GB RAM (Vista) * Video Card -256 MB** * Hard Drive - 12GB Recommended * OS - Windows XP / Vista * Processor - Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ * Memory - 2.0 GB RAM * GPU - NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS/640 or similar * Sound Card - DirectX 9.0c compatible The Orange Box * Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3000 MHz / * Display Card!: DirectX 9 compatible graphics card / * Memory: 1024MB * Free Disk Space: 5GB * Operating System: Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista I also play World of Warcraft. I have interest in some newer games that will be coming out and hope to be able to play them. I realize that eye candy may not be set to the max, but how well could I experience these forms of entertainment? I have searched YouTube, watched positive reviews, then I have read credible reviews on notebook/desktop websites producing negative articles. I am looking at purchasing a 23" Apple Cinema Display or 30" Apple Cinema Display depending on my budget. Currently I am looking a new MacBook Pro 15" NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB vs a mac pro. Depending on the system, which configuration of memory should I get (I know not through Apple). If looking at the Mac Pro, which GPU customizations should I look at? Portability is not required for my program, but I am highly considering it. Which machine do you recommend and why? How will it perform differently for my work and entertainment uses? I am looking/hoping to purchase at the end of August before I move into residence on the 29th. Sorry if this post is redundant...I have done some research on my own filled with mixed views. I am looking for help from professionals such as yourself Thank you in advance to whoever contributes to this thread constructively.