I'm a film editor, and I bought an iMac G5 in May two years ago, and it's been amazing (2.0 GHz, 17" Superdrive, 512 MB RAM, Tiger), although I'm starting to consider buying a new mac. I have four options -- two that would complement my G5, two that would replace it. The two that complement it: MacBook:Before I bought my G5, I was considering an iBook--- not because I need portability, but because of the price. Luckily, my dad convinced me to save a little more for a G5. That summer, my sister needed a new computer, and an iBook was laughable at that point (1.2 GHz, 30 GB hard disk, 256 MB RAM?????), so we bought her a 12" PowerBook. However, the MacBook is much more appealing to me. In retrospect, I couldn't possibly imagine doing FinalCut Express on anything other than a widescreen display, and a 13" widescreen display on the MacBook is very appealing now. Plus, I like its speed. What I do a lot is go to rock venues, film the show, and make a 3-5 minute movie in FCE for their website. The MacBook would complement the G5 in a system where I could bring the MacBook to these shows, begin importing the footage, start editing, put it onto one of my external hard disks, and then finish it at home on the G5. I could also use a MacBook for class. It wouldn't be necessary for class, but it might be nice to have a computer with me. MacBookPro:I'm also considering one of these, especially becuase I'm very envious of my brother and his 15" PowerBook. I'd use it for the same reasons above, but it's hard to justify the extra $400-500 for a bigger display and slightly faster processor than the MacBook. Finally, the two that would replace my iMac G5: A new iMac:My G5 is great, but there are two things I regret about my G5 purchase: 1) Settling for a 17" display. I never realised how important screen real estate is when working with FCE. 2) Hard disk size. I was coming from a 500 MHz iMac G3 with a 20 GB hard disk, and a 160 GB hard disk sounded like more than enough space I'd ever need. I currently have two external hard disks: an 80 GB one, and a 100 GB one. Of that 340 GB of disk space I have, I've used 271 GB. It would be nice to have a 20" iMac with a maxed out hard disk. A 24" iMac might be nice as well, but I don't have a single FW800 peripherals. I could give my current G5 to my mom, as she is thinking of buying a new computer. While this would be a nice way to upgrade my desktop, I'm not sure if it's really worth the money, as it's so similar to my current lineup. mac pro:This would be an amazing choice. I would love a dual core 2.66 GHz Xeon for FCE! I also love the aluminum look of the ACD, too. I could also upgrade it as necessary later on. The only problem, though, is its price, and I wonder if it's maybe more power than I need. Portability:Portability would certainly be a nice thing to have as it would complement my G5 very well. As I said earlier, I could establish a system of importing the footage on my MacBook(Pro), begin editing, save the project to my external hard disk, and then finish on the G5. I could also use a portable in class. While portability would be a nice thing to have, it's not necessary. Affordability:Like my G5, I'll probably pay for 2/3 of whatever I get. Since my sisters are still in college, I can also get an education discount. So far, I've saved up about $600, and the cheapest machine (MacBook) I'm considering is $1433. What I'm leaning towards:I'm leaning closer to the MacBook not only because of its price, but I think it would serve the most functionality. I like the size, its speed, and portability would be a nice quality to have. But, I wonder if I should save a little more for a faster MacBookPro or a desktop to replace my iMac entirely. What do you think I should save up for?