Alright, currently I have a Mac Mini (early 09) 2.26 2Gb. I like it, surprisingly gets what I need done but obviously at some slow speeds. I am into heavy video editing and transcoding (Final Cut with HD footage), not to mention lots of multitasking (Photoshop, iTunes, e-mail, all that kind of stuff) and I just need a more competent system. That in mind, I have looked around and found some decent deals on the 1st gen Mac Pros (2006 Xeon Quad 2.66). I really am not sure how good these will be with outdated hardware and the DDR2 ram. (which can be upgraded to DDR3, correct?) So I have ruled out any sort of laptop I believe, because they do not give you the raw power for the price that a desktop would. I was trying to stay around the $1000 level, I can get the 3.2 GHz i3 iMac for around that, but I don't think it will outperform any sort of Mac Pro I can find in that range. There are the new Minis as well, which would be cheap but I guess not a big step up from 2.26 to 2.4. Then, I have found the perhaps frowned upon "hackintosh" packages that would run me quite a bit less than anything else, for more impressive hardware. I am a little frightened of these though! As far as I can tell, this is the best one I have found. http:http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-computers-Mac-Pro-PC-Custom-Build-Quad-Core-i7-920-OSX-w-SSD-W0QQAdIdZ280293515 That's: Quad Core Intel I7 - 920 Processor 2.66GHz 8MB Cache Incredibly fast 2nd Generation Intel Solid State Drive 160GB X25M-G2 Asus P6T Deluxe 1366 Motherboard - Triple Channel DDR3 9GB DDR3 Memory Corsair 650W 80plus Power Supply nVidia 260GTX PCI-E Video Card LG Dual Layer SATA DVD-RW Drive 1TB Western Digital Green SATA Hard Drive To summarize I'm considering in the $1000: 2006 Mac Pro i3 iMac Hackintosh MacBook Pro if I am proven wrong and it is indeed better for things like this. ------ All that said, I really need some advice here Thanks to anyone who helps me out!