Recent lurker here. . . Back when I was Christmas shopping, I accidently looked at the nice shiney iMacs on display @ BB. eek:that's the mistake part) I think I need one. (well, want one, anyway) Here's some background . . . I do mostly Photoshop. I am on my computer usually 8 days a week and put in alot of PS hours. I do freelance work and some photography on the side. My most recent dSLR also shoots HD video, which I need to learn how to play with, as far as editing. I don't do gaming but need speed when I am doing certain filters in PS. I do the usual email and internet research & shopping, etc. I am on a Dell XPS, Quad @ 2.40GHz, 6 GB ram, 1GB video, 1 TB HD x2 plus about 6 external drives sitting around! I also use a Wacom tablet. And a 24" monitor. My backup computer is an Alienware Area 51 3.2GHz, my hubby plays games on it now. I seem to be hard on my machines. The Dell is about 3 yrs old? (the original Dell died after running 2 hours, Dell was great about replacing it) The HD failed about 6 mo. ago and the graphics card about 3 mos ago. About a month after the Alienware's graphics card had died. And the normal glitches. And I understand Macs can have failures too, so that's not an issue. The issue for me seems to be Windows, I think. I was always told to get a Mac to do graphics but years ago I had to share the computer with the family and some things just had to be done in Windows. Now I am free to get what I want/need. So here's what I am thinking. . . my Dell is working OK but there are times IE or the anitvirus or some Windows based program has an issue and I waste more time dealing with that when I could be working. I wonder how much different getting an iMac would be for me? I know nothing about the Mac world. I understand I could run Windows on a Mac but I thinking maybe not for now since I have 2 PCs sitting here. I also would like to archive some projects onto BluRay. Since I don't see that as an option (on an iMac) I might get an external burner that will work on the PC and MAYBE the Mac? Sorry for the novel. So. I am looking at a 27" 3.1 or 3.4, 4 GB ram, 2 GB Vram. Will I see a big difference from my Quad 2.4? Aside from my rambling, any advice? Suggestions? Am I thinking this out correctly? I don't want to spend $2300 and have that "oh I should've" or "I forgot about" moment. Trying to think ahead about software changes, etc. I know the Wacom and HP printer are Mac compatible. Thanks!