Once upon a time in a universe far far away......I was a mac user. Think the first mac I ever had was the old Apple IIe, anyway, through the years I've been forced to use a PC, now I am finally free of the tech industry and want to get back to an Apple computer. I am in no rush to buy one, since the PC's that I have work 100%, and quite honestly have never had a problem . Anyway, like I said, I am going to be waiting until June (just to see what is announced at the Apple Conference). Down to the meat and bones of the topic, I need help in figuring out what type of Mac will work for my needs. For reference this is my current setup so users out there can compare and give me some examples of what their Mac can do. 2.4 Dual Core AMD, 2 Gigs of Ram, Nvidia 7600 * 2 ( I don't use them in SLI because quite honestly the games I play don't support it very well, so I just use it to push 2 independent monitors so I can play & work at the same time and suffer no graphics problems. Also have 2 22" Gateway monitors, quite honestly don't see how I can ever give up the use of that much screen real estate, because I use it ALL quite frequently. Also have a base laptop that I'm going to be changing out as well to a mac. These are the things that I do regularly, besides the usual email internet etc: Picture editing Home video editing editing DVD encoding: Rips and Re-encodes a DVD in about 15 min for 4.3 gig Gaming: WoW (Max settings) EQ2 (almost max settings) So these are the types of things that I'm going to continue to need to do, especially the games since I am really looking forward to playing Age of Conan and Warhammer Online. So, now were down to the choices, can't talk about the future so lets focus on what's available now. Also cost is a factor here, and I'm on a budget I really want to get the most bang for my buck. I can get the new Imac 3.0 with the Nvidia Card for $2200 AND I can get a referbn Macbook Pro 2.6 with the 8600 for $2300 OR I can get a referb MacPro Dual CPU 3.0 with Nvidia 7300 for $2200 (and go for the 8800 upgrade for what another $300?) AND I can get a referbn Macbook Pro 2.6 with the 8600 for $2300 OR the previously mentioned Macbook Pro 2/ 2 24" ACD's using I a piece of hardware that will split my screen between the two (since the powerbook won't do this natively, think that cost around $250) Question I would have would be: How much difference would gaming be on the Macbook Pro vs the Imac since both GPU's are mobile GPU's. Would the difference (in gaming and encoding) be sooooo noticable between the Macbook Pro vs MacPro that I could consolidate and just have the Macbook Pro as my only and single computer? This is my thinking, please feel free to tell me where I am wrong and what your suggestions would be. With out any advice I am currently leaning towards the MacBook Pro & MacPro combination using my existing monitors.