I have been thinking about putting together a new box lately. I want something that is fast and has a lot of storage capabilities. The main purpose of this machine is to store large quantities of photos, video, and music; while being able to manipulate such data with high quality, memory demanding, software. My plan for the last two months is to build a box, probably run Fedora as a base (Im a Linux junkie), and then install VMware since it is now FREE! (Yippee!) My thought was that I could then virtualize a couple different sections so my wife could have a program that she knew how to run, i.e. MS Windows XP. (Ughh!) I can put together a fast, large PC at relatively little expense. I could use varies OSs on it, and with VMware I can set aside a platform for my wife to use. Everything works and everyone is happy, right? Well maybe Here is my conundrum: About six months back my wife and I purchased two new iBooks, with a sole purpose of being able to set anywhere in the house and stay connected. Since then, we have both become attached to our new little Mac friends. They are a much used high end commodity in our house, and more and more my PCs are being pushed aside, and used as nothing more than storage servers. So here it comes, the other night my wife presented the question, honey, why dont we get a new Mac, with the specifications that you are looking for, and then get rid of all those space hogging PCs? There you have it, and the door is open! Now, being the OS junkie that I am, I know that it is physically and mentally impossible for me to give up my PCs. But, it got me thinking, and contemplating, and scheming. What if we were to get a new Mac, something that was fast and with a lot of room? This would work, right? So, here are my questions to the community: Should I just build the box I was originally contemplating? Run Fedora, or some other OS? Stay cheap, and meet all my needs? Or, should I look into a new Mac? Possibly a G5? Or, how about a new iMac/Intel? OR, what about a Mac Mini, with added external storage, and a huge widescreen display??? The possibilities seem endless . Yet, I cant see getting rid of my PCs! What do you guys think?