Hello all! This my first post on this forum, since I thought this would be a great place to start asking a few quetion regarding the Macintosh hardware line, as well as making the switch from a Windows-based background. First of all, a little background information. I have just finished my 4th year at University, studying Architecture, and our next semester does not start until end of February/early March. Since my desktop is in fine order, and will merely serve as back-up device (which I'll give to my sister later in 2007), I'm thinking of purchasing one of the notebooks. Now, I have barely used a Mac before, only just recently at my collegues' place. And even then, I must have only been using it for 30 minutes. Anyway, I've been visiting the stores more often in recent times, had a look at the laptops, while also browsing this forum for any info I could get. Since I'm studying Architecture, I will most certainly be using CAD software, while also performing 3D renders, as well as the usual documentation. I'm also hoping to play a few games. The title I'm anticipating most is UT 2007! So again, since my desktop is still doing its job, I'm considering to buy a laptop! I'm willing to wait until Leopard comes out, but I hope to purchase one prior to the semester, just to get used to it, as well as move all the fils across, etc. I doubt the Santa Rosa chips will be available that soon.... On with the questions: Question 1: Am I making a smart move, in completely switching to a MAC? Question 2: If you install XP and hook it to the Internet, wouldn't you be just as vulnurable to hacks, viruses, etc, as you would normally be on a regular PC? Question 3: Is it difficult to adapt to OS X? Question 4: Do you think any of the current notebooks will be handle things like ArchiCAD, Lightworks, Photoshop, and UT 2007 (which hasn't been released yet)? Question 5: How good is Front Row? Question 6: Purchasing the Apple Care Package is a good thing, correct? Thank you all in advance for any comments, tips, advice, etc! P.S My current computer is a 2GHz Athlon XP, 768MB DDR RAM, GeForce4Ti 128MB, 1x 20GB HD, 1x40GB HD!