I am currently all mac with a 2008 macbook (not the unibody), an iphone and an ipad. I am looking to buy a new desktop since I do a significant amount of work at home and would like more screen real estate. I have a few questions. I am looking into the iMac series. What is the benefit of quadcore when the gigahertz are a lower number. I have about 2300-2500 to spend, so if I buy the high end I can get just the base model and some software with it. I plan to use it as your standard computer that will do what the average user will do plus some gaming, light photo editing, and some light video editing plus some other random items here and there. This will also become sort of the base for my computing with all of my media being placed on this computer. I realize that the high end will outdo almost all of my computing needs but I am also looking for a computer that will last a significant period of time. I want to keep the imac as sort of the base and upgrade my other items later while still having the imac. For those of you who are mostly apple people and have ventured out of the apple realm for a desktop, how does synchronization work? Things like iCal have become a pretty integral part of my life. I am not above looking into non-apple desktops and have already looked into a few dells and realize I can get a little more bang for my buck. Also, I would be waiting for the new iMacs to be released because I want some thunderbolt action and am looking for longevity and this close to the end of the cycle, it just makes sense to wait. How important is ram??? Is 8 gigs too much for what I am looking at doing. I was thinking of going the 8 gig route just for future gaming and keeping the comp around a little longer. P.S. just because I have a certain amount to spend doesn't mean I wouldn't love saving some money.