Hello everyone! I'm new to this forum but have been reading macrumors for years now following Apple since just before the iPhone. Anyway I'm considering buying a new Apple computer but don't know which might be good. I know about the buyers guide on here and have given it a look and know i'll hold off for a few months if its a new Mini that I decide upon. But first here is a few things I do on a computer day to day and what I will need it for. I do a lot of School work and a bit of casual gaming. I know all the new macs can run windows in boot camp or they can run programs in a virtual machine if needed which is great because I have a library of windows software still. The games I play are the Sims 2, the sims 3 which I know will work with Mac as it clearly states it on the box which is cool. If I were to go mac I'd prob have to replace my sims 2 games if I didn't want to use windows anymore. I also play some racing games like Dirt 3 and Need for speed the run on my current laptop. What my goal for this system is to have a computer that can run these games at decent settings with low load times. Like my current Dell can run them all on High settings using the Intel HD graphics but the load times on the sims 3 can be a bit annoying. So I think a dedicated graphics might be helpful. Budget.. Well for my first mac I don't want to spend a huge amount so the new retina mac is out and so is the Mac Pro of course. I was thinking of a macbook or a mac mini as I am a over the road truck driver while I'm in school. I already have a decent monitor I could use but I'm looking to upgrade to a monitor that I can have an XBOX 360/ PS3 on so if you have suggestions. Any help with getting started would be great. Like I've said I've used Mac's before in the G4 days and a couple intel macs here and there but not for myself. Thx ---------- Also would buying a mac now be smart as I've been informed that a new generation of Mac OS will be coming. I think they said Mac OS XI? is this true?