Ok let me explain my situation to you guys. I currently use a complete POS HP Pavillion computer, that is seriously on it's last legs. The specs are......wait for it...... Pentinum 3 800 Mhz 320 mb ram 2 hardrives, one iks a 60 GB and the other is a 30 GB some crap graphics card, etc it used to have Windows Me on it, until i upgraded to windows xp. It also used to only have 128mb ram, and a 30 gb hardrive, but sometime around 4-5 years ago i added more memory and another hardrive. This computer has lasted me around 8-9 years, it was the first and only computer i have ever bought. I have used it everyday since i got it. I have mostly used it for internet, music, videos, occasional graphic design, etc. nothing heavy. Well now it's to the point where every little thing i do causes the pc to hang for a few minutes before it does what i want it to do. I am in need of a new computer. I have wanted to get a mac for many years now, always reading about how great they are, trying it for myself a few times, and liking it. So i am now ready to purchase a brand new Mac. I am not like many of you here, i do not purchase a new computer every few years. I try to milk a pc for as long as i possibly can, and want it to last for at least 8-9 years again. so, i am thinking of getting the best possible mac i can afford which happens to be $3300 model Mac Pro, with the 8 cores. I want something that will last me that 8-9 years so i think it is a good idea to get the "best" right now, and people i have asked have said that this computer would probably last even longer. should i go all out?