So long PowerPC - hello Intel. The transition is complete. I can finally get a G5 We've had a hardware plan in place for a few months now and it includes upgrading/handing down our aging Quicksilver G4s. The two other artists at the bottom of the ladder will inherit the Quicksilvers (finally getting them off of the Graphite G4s). We currently have quite a performance gap and upgrading to the G5s is part of my plan to close that gap. We'll hopefully purchase a couple of MacPro's in about 12 months and move the G5s down. Closing the performance gap even more (at least from 4 years to about 2 years). So, now the question is, when to pick up those two G5s. I'm fairly sure I'll be getting the 2.3Ghz. So far I've found sites offering $150 rebates (by mail). Bringing them to about $2350. What is the likelihood that demand for these final PowerPC boxes will be strong enough for them to sell out before a price cut? There are usually signs of declining stock, especially before a new product release. But the MacPro sort of took me by surprise - I was thinking they'd announce it but wouldn't ship it until Oct/Nov or something. But since it is shipping I need to put the plan together to get the G5s. Another issue is that we have to buy new - my boss has a thing about used/refurbished equipment. So, we'll need to be very careful about keeping up with the status of the availability of these machines. I noticed today that Smalldog has no new G5s left in stock. So have to wonder how close the other places are to selling out. Thoughts, comments, suggestions and donations appreciated.