So i've had a ibook g4 for the last 4 years and I've beaten the hell out of it, so much so that its no longer portable (I may have slept on it and snapped the screen hinge so now I leave it propped against some books on my desk ). I've honestly loved it but I think I need a new computer for my second year of college and I dont think I can justify getting a mac. I want some power this time around and the baseline price for a powerbook with edu discount is $1900.00 or about $1700.00 if they run the free ipod deal again and I can sell the ipod for 200. Either way I cant justify this to myself MacBook Pro Very nice 15inch screen 1440x900 2.4ghz core 2 duo 2 gigs of ram 250 gb hd grphx 9400 + 9600M w. 256mb dedicated v-ram web cam metal---> I'm really not worried about this (in fact I might think of it as a negative) I usually consider plastics to be more durable then a metal in this form. OSX Best case scenario price = $1700.00 ASUS M50 Series M50Vm-B1 NoteBook http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220343 15inch screen (dont know how nice but I bet nice) 1400x900 4 Gigs of ram 2.53ghz core 2 duo 320 gb HD grphx 9600M w. 1024mb dedicated v-ram web cam Vista (but the new windows will be around more when I get this dont know how it works but it might be better) price $1100.00 OSx vs. Windows OSx wins in Smoothness and being virus free Software (though I cant say I use garageband, iphoto, imovie much/at all and I have plenty of friends w. macs who can do it for me) Windows wins. Games...(dont play these much anymore but if something fun comes out it'll be better on a pc...and it'll be on a pc) I already have microsoft office for windows not for OSx I know I did'nt consider every element here but atm I dont think I can justify buying a mac to myself... So I'm asking for help...help me justify buying a powerbook, I really do WANT to, but as I see it now I really cannot buy a mac.